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    1957scooby
    Buy and Import a Motorhome from America
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    • 5th Mar 07, 10:10 PM
    Buy and Import a Motorhome from America 5th Mar 07 at 10:10 PM
    I'm a newbie to this forum....I am selling my home via auction later this month and if it sells plan to move into a large American Motor Home (or RV as the yanks call them). Prices in England are high for anything large and decent. I have been looking on eBay and have considered buying from America (in or outside of an eBay auction) and then shipping to UK. I am looking for peoples opinions on this idea and how much I would be paying in all taxes once it lands and is registered in the UK (I am looking to spend upto £30K). Whats the biggest Motorhome I can legally drive for someone who passed his test pre-1997...I believe it's 7.5 ton but would like this confirming.
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    • Nile
    • By Nile 5th Mar 07, 10:16 PM
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    • 5th Mar 07, 10:16 PM
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    • 5th Mar 07, 10:16 PM
    Hello 1957scooby

    Welcome to the MSE site.

    I'll move your thread to the 'Motoring & Public Transport' board.

    Hi, Martin’s asked me to post this in these circumstances: I’ve asked Board Guides to move threads if they’ll receive a better response elsewhere(please see this rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board, where it should get more replies. If you have any questions about this policy please email abuse@moneysavingexpert.com.

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    • gazhawkins
    • By gazhawkins 5th Mar 07, 10:36 PM
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    Buying in the USA and exporting it sounds like your best bet. You can drive a 7.5 tonne lorry on a standard car licence, as far as I know.

    Few things worth considering: the vehicle may be subject to duty on import to UK, (check), some US states DON'T have sales taxes (eg Nevada and Montana), pre-1973 cars are not subject to duty (may apply to motorhomes).

    Lastly, think about buying in the Winter as prices could be lower - a bit like buying convertables in the UK.
    • Anon
    • By Anon 5th Mar 07, 10:56 PM
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    • 5th Mar 07, 10:56 PM
    You will also need to consider the size - I am sure I read somewhere that some American vehicles are not legally allowed on UK roads as they are too wide.

    Anon
  • Hermione54
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    • 6th Mar 07, 4:05 PM
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    • 6th Mar 07, 4:05 PM
    Anon is correct. The legal limit for width is 100 inches (or whatever that is in metric) and some American RV's are more than this. One owner lost all his money and his house fighting a dealership who sold him one and lost because apparently is it legal to sell an over-width RV, but not to drive one on the public roads!
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 5th Oct 07, 1:34 PM
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    • 5th Oct 07, 1:34 PM
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    • 5th Oct 07, 1:34 PM
    If you intend taking it abroad check the requirements for that country.
    Will you register it in the UK? If not be VERY careful. Here in France people have had to put in extra vents, fire escape windows and take out the automatic gas bottle changeover systems on imported motorhomes.
    Anyway, ENJOY your time with it!
  • Iamthesmartestmanalive
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    • 5th Oct 07, 1:45 PM
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    • 5th Oct 07, 1:45 PM
    There are companies out there that will customise vehicles to your requirements

    Why not look at buying a large road legal UK van/lorry and having it customised into a motorhome which meets your requirements?
  • Brooke Daver
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    • 6th Oct 07, 12:06 AM
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    • 6th Oct 07, 12:06 AM
    I'm a newbie to this forum....I am selling my home via auction later this month and if it sells plan to move into a large American Motor Home (or RV as the yanks call them). Prices in England are high for anything large and decent. I have been looking on eBay and have considered buying from America (in or outside of an eBay auction) and then shipping to UK. I am looking for peoples opinions on this idea and how much I would be paying in all taxes once it lands and is registered in the UK (I am looking to spend upto £30K). Whats the biggest Motorhome I can legally drive for someone who passed his test pre-1997...I believe it's 7.5 ton but would like this confirming.
    Originally posted by 1957scooby
    Factor in transport to the port and shipping, shipping anything bigger than a car is expensive.

    You'll need to pay VAT and duty, and customs clearing port charges which can add up.

    Next you'll need to get it SVA'd.

    Remember that in America lots of RVs and even large trucks have petrol engines which make them hopelessly expensive to run, ensure you only get a diesel, and make sure it's a cummins caterpiller isuzu as otherwise service parts could be an issue.

    Also consider that your new giant box like vehicle will be LHD, so it might not be all that fun to drive.

    To be honest it will be easier and cheaper to find one that's already been imported.
    • coupleuk
    • By coupleuk 21st Oct 08, 7:55 PM
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    • 21st Oct 08, 7:55 PM
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    • 21st Oct 08, 7:55 PM
    I know this topic is old, but it contains a LOT of incorrect info.

    For the facts, you could visit the RV Owners Association at www.rvoa.co.uk

    Paul
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