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   Old Thread  #18 18 Aug 2018 at 6.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It so happens as I was driving in France today the old bill pulled over a minibus that the contents strapped on the roof must have been over 1mtr high
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   Old Thread  #17 17 Aug 2018 at 3.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Check your height when loaded. Over 2metres puts you in a different category on the autoroute. Also my son, when driving to the west of Paris, was automatically prevented (sirens and flashing lights) from entering a tunnel on his carefully planned route. He then got completely lost.
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   Old Thread  #16 17 Aug 2018 at 9.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #15 17 Aug 2018 at 9.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks to all for the replies.

I'm going full on Beverly Hillbillies with the roof items now.
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   Old Thread  #14 16 Aug 2018 at 7.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Safest way that I have found to carry rods long distances is not to have them set up, but just in their cloth bags. I then tie a bit of rope across the grab handles above the car doors, front and back. This acts as a temporary internal roof rack. If you're going to France for a week, losing an hour setting the rods up when you get there isn't much trouble.
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   Old Thread  #13 16 Aug 2018 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The only issues I have heard in france is that when travelling on Toll roads, where automatic tickets are available, the system picks up the height of the vehicle and therefore, with a roof box etc, it may charge you commercial vehicle rates.

The advice is to use a manned booth if possible to buy the ticket.

Otherwise, if you are stopped by French Police, wind your window down, throw your cigarette out the window, shrug your shoulders, put your hands in an open palm position and say "Merde!" it seems to be the done thing over there lol
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   Old Thread  #12 16 Aug 2018 at 8.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not in France but I strapped 3 sets of rods to my roof rack.
Done it with Velcro straps and had done it for years until one Saturday morning on the M25 all 3 sets parted from the roof rack and from my rear view mirror I could see them cartwheel down the fast lane.
Now the first remarkable thing was that we were able to pull over to the hard shoulder, run into the fast lane of the M25 and retrieve the gear, this was a Saturday morning in the early 1990's so perhaps so the road was not a busy nowadays? Whatever, it was still remarkable that no one got hurt.
The second remarkable thing as seeing these rods bags had turned multiple cartwheels before coming to a rest was that one bag had a scuff, second bag had a scuff and a scuff to a reel handle and the third bag came off the worse with a broken tip to Python Lee Jackson rod which fortunately was still available and replaced quite cheaply.

Never used Velcro straps again after that we used a multitude of various straps which everyone would check before setting off.
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   Old Thread  #11 16 Aug 2018 at 8.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As previously mentioned, I've seen loads of carpers in the port with all sorts strapped to the roof.

Also, don't panic too much about taking the missus, I did it a few years back and it was all good. the weather was great so she spent most of it sunbathing, drinking wine and reading books, whilst I was left to get on with the fishing! She also got good at taking the pictures when I caught!!
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   Old Thread  #10 15 Aug 2018 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Funny story regarding this!!!!
Few years ago me and my mate were off to France for a week,I was paranoid about putting the rods on the roof so had a brain wave and decided to put the bed chairs up there.
We wrapped them tight in a sheet of thick plastic and strapped them down tight. I swear the second we drove off the ferry ramp the heavens opened!!!! No worries we thought they are wrapped tight in the plastic.
So after about 2 hours in of a 3 1/2 hour journey the rain was relentless!!!! We were driving along (not fast because of the spray) when all of a sudden there was a massive bang!!! The Astra van rocked as if weíd been hit by something. We pulled over immediately and got out to take a look!!!!! Well the noise was actually the wind filling up the plastic sheet and it exploded. Had to tidy the sheet up and carry on the last leg to the lake,the rain was now torrential so by the time we arrived the bed chairs were dripping wet!!! An uncomfortable first night was had.!!!!
Moral of the story?????
Rods always on the roof
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   Old Thread  #9 15 Aug 2018 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Donít forget take the strap-on.
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   Old Thread  #8 15 Aug 2018 at 4.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Never had any problems lashing bivvy to a side rail without bars
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   Old Thread  #7 15 Aug 2018 at 3.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iíve never had a problem strapping my gear to the roof just make sure itís secure you donít wanna lose anything lol
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   Old Thread  #6 15 Aug 2018 at 11.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No mate you can just strap stuff on, I saw a couple of cars last weekend over there stacked up about 4ft high with all sorts of bits and bobs, didn't look at all secure but the police at the ferry terminal didn't bat an eyelid
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   Old Thread  #5 15 Aug 2018 at 11.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Not answering your question re legality, but over the years near every trip I've seen lads with rod/quivers/hold alls etc strapped on the roof bars
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   Old Thread  #4 15 Aug 2018 at 10.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dont know for definite but we have had rods strapped to roof bars and have on odd occasion had boat strapped to them with no problems but may have been lucky as these have only been on shortish 2 hour drives in france
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