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Hi, we are going Portsmouth to Caen at the end of this month and I'm not familiar with Portsmouth itself and wondered if any member could advise about refuelling at preferably a supermarket near to the Brittany Ferries port with easy access for our car and twin axle caravan. We are travelling from Nottingham, so I imagine we'll be ready for diesel by the time we get to Portsmouth. I would prefer not to use services due to the unreasonable cost of fuel they supply. Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks in anticipation.

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It will depend upon which way you are coming from - but if you are on the M3 or the coming down the A34, at the roundabout where the A34 joins the M3, just off the roundabout is a big Tesco 24 hour Superstore.   Even Ok for a few hours sleep after a late arrival in Portsmouth.   About 12 miles from the dock.

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Hi Jaydug, thanks for your quick reply.My Caravan Club planned route says A34, M3, M27 on to A275, so I guess your advice is spot on about the big Tesco. Many thanks.

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I think you are very bold.  When I'm towing and need fuel (which is a situation I try to avoid if possible), I look for a filling station that requires the least effort from me in terms of access.  The last thing I want to do is enter an unknown supermarket complex.

 

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3 minutes ago, rovinmad said:

I think you are very bold.  When I'm towing and need fuel (which is a situation I try to avoid if possible), I look for a filling station that requires the least effort from me in terms of access.  The last thing I want to do is enter an unknown supermarket complex.

 

Google Earth is your friend - plus a good look around before you commit yourself - I've only once had to reverse away from a pump as the drive-through pay point was very narrow.

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7 minutes ago, Black Grouse said:

Google Earth is your friend - plus a good look around before you commit yourself - I've only once had to reverse away from a pump as the drive-through pay point was very narrow.

I'm afraid that my prior planning does not yet extend to looking at supermarkets on Google Earth.  I prefer a filling station with nothing between the road and the pump except perhaps the footpath.  They do exist.

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Alternatively when you leave the ferry at Ouistreham ferry port and head towards Caen city there is an Esso station on the right  after one mile, with the pumps on the left nearest the road giving a straight run through. It's not the bargain it used to be but price of diesel there today converts from euros to £1.24 sterling. 

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thanks to all for your input and kind advice. I'm hoping there are some pumps with easy no-manouvring access.

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There is a huge Tesco just off the M27 at Port Solent which is easy to get in and out off. Used it a couple of times myself

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3 minutes ago, toby6033 said:

 I'm hoping there are some pumps with easy no-manouvring access.

 

Indeed there is.   This is the forecourt I've recommended at A34/M3 junction.      Entry is directly off a roundabout.   The station is open 24/7

 

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3 hours ago, Jacko1 said:

There is a huge Tesco just off the M27 at Port Solent which is easy to get in and out off. Used it a couple of times myself

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Easy access, last minute shopping, coffee to kill time.

And, only 3 or 4 miles from the ferry terminal - not M3/A34.

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We used the Tesco site at Port Solent this week, easy access and exit plus pumps open for card use 24/7.

 

Dave.

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I would like to thank those who gave me advice about refuelling before Portsmouth Brittany Ferries Port with our twin axle caravan. We stopped at the Tesco as advised at M3/A34 junction  and it was a doddle. Filled up with reasonably priced Diesel, So i was very happy. Many thanks. I got a shock in France at the price of their diesel, 1.52 on the autoroutes and 1.42 at most Supermarkets( that's euros) but the £ is nearly 1 for 1, so a dear do. A lot of the sites that were quiet were blaming the cost of fuel and the weak £. thanks for all your help.

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On 09/07/2019 at 16:41, rovinmad said:

I'm afraid that my prior planning does not yet extend to looking at supermarkets on Google Earth.  I prefer a filling station with nothing between the road and the pump except perhaps the footpath.  They do exist.

If I needed fuel the last place I’d be looking for it is a supermarket!

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12 hours ago, Tuningdrew said:

If I needed fuel the last place I’d be looking for it is a supermarket!

For us it would be the first place!

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51 minutes ago, WispMan said:

For us it would be the first place!

Me too,almost guaranteed good access and exit.

Geoff

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19 hours ago, Tuningdrew said:

If I needed fuel the last place I’d be looking for it is a supermarket!

 

May I ask why?   I filled my C1 with petrol at a Tesco supermarket yesterday.   Since it was also an Esso station, I used my Pump-king card, got £1.17 discount and Tesco points to boot.     What did I do wrong?

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42 minutes ago, Jaydug said:

 

May I ask why?   I filled my C1 with petrol at a Tesco supermarket yesterday.   Since it was also an Esso station, I used my Pump-king card, got £1.17 discount and Tesco points to boot.     What did I do wrong?

Some people maintain an outdated view that supermarket fuel is inferior to the ‘branded’ fuels despite it having been debunked by members working in the supply and research divisions of the petrochemical industry many times before.

 

Let them have their opinions .... I just got 80litres with 10p/litre off at Tesco. 😃 

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Posted (edited)

Well thanks for that, I consider myself enlightened. 

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1 hour ago, Jaydug said:

 

May I ask why?   I filled my C1 with petrol at a Tesco supermarket yesterday.   Since it was also an Esso station, I used my Pump-king card, got £1.17 discount and Tesco points to boot.     What did I do wrong?

 

A Tesco supermarket with Esso fuel?

 

Tesco have a number of Esso fiorecourts with a Tesco express shop where Clubcard points can still be obtained but not  from Esso filling stations.

 

From 1 June 2019, you'll no longer be able to earn Clubcard points at Esso branded stations where no Tesco Express is present.

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49 minutes ago, beejay said:

From 1 June 2019, you'll no longer be able to earn Clubcard points at Esso branded stations where no Tesco Express is present.

 

Fortunately there are three Esso stations all with Tesco supermarkets attached within a radius of 1.5 miles from home.

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On 22/08/2019 at 16:36, Jaydug said:

 

May I ask why?   I filled my C1 with petrol at a Tesco supermarket yesterday.   Since it was also an Esso station, I used my Pump-king card, got £1.17 discount and Tesco points to boot.     What did I do wrong?

Isn't this discussion about getting fuel when towing a caravan? It's about access not cost or quality.

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