Multi-storey car parks

Discussion in 'General VW T6 Chat' started by Rob, 3 Aug 2016.

  1. Rob

    Rob Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    how many of you are brave enough to use them?

    I have to take my girls every Saturday to their gymnastics classes which is situated in a building located on the top floor of a multi story car park. The size limit says 6ft 8 and I believe the van is around 6ft 2 but to put if frank don't have the balls to try it and opt for taking the car every week which got me thinking what other people do.
     
  2. Connor

    Connor Member VIP Member

    My current T5 Caravelle is in the regularly and never had a problem.
     
  3. RattyMcClelland

    RattyMcClelland Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Van is too low most of the time and I scrape the front lip on the t5.

    Saying that I just squeezed under the car gate check section of the channel tunnel, small paint transfer on the roof.
     
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  4. Californiaman

    Californiaman Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Not in my T6 but I have done on occasion in my previous transporters. A bit nerve wracking to start with but no problem.
     
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  5. Rich

    Rich Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    I park mine underground where I live every night, and always get gasps from passengers as the roof gets lower on the lower floors! But this van is actually a couple of inches lower than the old one and so I know exactly what I can get away with and have never had any issues in any carpark that states 2m or above on the height restriction.
     
  6. Walski

    Walski Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Had the scariest drive on my recent French trip...... Heading north around Outskirts of Paris following SatNav on the A86. It suddenly turned into a 2 meter height restriction to go through a tunnel that must have been about 20km in length. I'd measured the van before I set off at about 197cm (including poptop) so knew it would be close!! I crawled under the barrier at snails pace with my hazards flashing and queuing traffic beeping and going mental behind me!!! Having made it through the barrier without catching I was then committed to the tunnel. Had neck ache from constantly ducking and was sh1tting myself the whole way through.... Made it through without a scratch but it must have been bloody close..... Had a lot of looks from people as they overtook me inside the tunnel.
     
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  7. Rob

    Rob Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Ha ha I can just imagine what the tension would have been like in side the van.
     
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  8. Howler

    Howler Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Hey guys (& gals),

    The multi-story that I get free parking in town (Market Hall Car Park - Preston) says max height 6ft 6" or 2m (last time I checked 6ft 6" was 1.98m) so hence why I'm very cautious.

    I have the T32 150 SWB kombi with the VW 30mm drop springs fitted, the brochure says overall height is 1990mm but ± 50mm depending on spec. Have the standard 17" Devonport alloys.

    So I should be at about 1.96m right? Anyone able to shed any light on this? Petrified of scratching the roof of my new van haha

    Thanks very much
     
  9. CaliStu

    CaliStu Senior Member T6 Guru

    You should be fine, but I would definitely take a passenger who can get out and check for your first attempt!
     
  10. Howler

    Howler Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Thanks! That is definitely the plan but was just thinking about it now so thought I'd see if anyone had any experience with it themselves.
     
  11. CaliStu

    CaliStu Senior Member T6 Guru

    I get nervous about anything less than 2.1 metres but my van isn't lowered and has a popup roof!

    Actually this reminds me last year we ended up in a tunnel in France with a 2m limit!! Travelling at motorway speeds too. Quite scary. Lots of pipes and ducts were sticking out of the roof too
     
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  12. CaliStu

    CaliStu Senior Member T6 Guru

  13. xpfloyd

    xpfloyd Senior Member T6 Guru

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    Can you not just put something on your roof at home and measure down to the ground to check?
     
  14. Fish

    Fish Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Be careful and consider the ramp angles and the fact you will 'bridge' slightly with the length as you start up the slope.
     
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  15. Howler

    Howler Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Again I fully intend on doing this, just sat in work now until 6 and it was bugging me so thought I'd ask, cheers :)
     
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  16. Caravellet6

    Caravellet6 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Totally agree, before I placed my order I had the dealer drive a van to my spec into my car park at work to check the clearance , up three levels and down again. It was tight but fitted, though the salesman was a worried man as we had 2cm clearance!
     
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  17. HHO

    HHO Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Ive had my phone out of the window before now backwards videoing across the top of the roof as I went under the car park height barrier. One way to embarrass the kids in public !
     
  18. Buggirl

    Buggirl Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    This is why I had to buy an old polo to use as a daily! Got moved into multi storey at work and no way I would have fitted!
     
  19. Walski

    Walski Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Yeah, we went through that too in ours..... was ducking all the way through!!
     
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  20. Walski

    Walski Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    ...
    ....this is why I've got airride ;)
     
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