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Message posted by wineciccio on 13/6/2016 at 10:15pm
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Just a quick query, can you use the fridge on gas whilst aboard one of those ferry to SANTANDER or BILBAO, or can you hook up to mains electricity, thanks

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See this thread.   If ferry operator can't or won't provide hook-up, precool fridge before leaving home and pack frozen items inside.

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Thank you, I was already aware of that, but being on a ferry for about 20 hours I do not think those freeze packs would work for that long, I was hoping for a reply/s from people that have actually been on that crossing, in 32 years of motorhoming i have never ever used that crossing, my wife has put the cat amongst the pigeons that is why i'm trying to get some info on the subject, i know the cost but we will be closer to our destination of northern Portugal and the FICC.

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I think you will find that the ferry company will not allow any flame gas fridge to operate on the journey, in fact most will insist all gas connections should be turned off at the bottle before leaving.

However, I could not say how stringent this check would be carried out,but surely any frozen foods can be easily purchased on arrival at the nearest towns.

A rough passage through the bay of Biscay on a vehicle with a naked gas flame in the vehicle on the car deck does not bear thinking about.

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Why not ring the Ferry Company and ask the question,they will give you a straight answer

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I have emailed them, and awaiting replies???

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It's in their FAQ. Up to three 15kg cylinders, must be secured, must be turned off.

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thanks for all the replies but I think she has just changed her mind when I showed her the price/s, I never really did like that idea anyway,

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We have done the Spanish ferry several times. Never had a problem with frozen food. Pack your freezer tight, don't open it and all will be fine. I take frozen Chilli CC, peas, bacon, soup. I also usually have an ice pack in there too. Put frozen bottle of water in fridge. But obviously if you've travelled from up north like us it won't be totally frozen by next morning. Do what you can. You will be in a queue for maybe an hour in the port so leave your gas on till you see movement in the queue. I know some people who get their butcher to vacuum pack meat and line the freezer with it. We've done 2 night too. All ok.
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Price not too bad, better than freezing in UK, Sat indoors because raining. Assuming you're going in winter. Most French campsites are closed, but there are Aires. Costs almost as much as the ferry in fuel and campsite fees. Plus by ferry you can be there in 3-4 days. Very tiring driving all the way, unless you both drive. Well worth it when you get there whichever route you take. Out in the sunshine, walking, cycling, eating lots of salad instead of pie and chips and comfort food. Can't beat it. I know who's healthier, providing you don't drink copious amounts of alcohol. It's not folk sat in the house with central heating belting out. There's another thing, the money you save not using heat and water through the winter. Go for 3 months minimum to justify the cost. You will never regret it, or want another winter in the UK.

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Message posted by wineciccio on 16/6/2016 at 8:37pm
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Happy-chappy I been there done that, I was considering the ferry for next month, 15 of july coming back on the 17n august, the price was 1275 return?? that is why the wife has changed her mind, with that kind of money I can have another holiday in Italy come October lol., we used to go to Fuengirola, camping la Rosaleda, for 6/8 months until it got shut/sold by the owner, and we tried camping Fungirola for a month both the wife and I just DID not like it, but thanks for the advice

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