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Old 04-30-2015, 05:13 PM   #29
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who are you getting insurance from? I use OneDirect for my car but they will not do my coach.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:12 PM   #30
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I worked in freight forwarding for many years and do want to recommend that you work through one of them. They are the people that know what it will take to get your coach shipped over. You are definitely going to want to use a RoRo service as lifting your coach over the side of a ship would not do it any favors!! The freight forwarders offices in the receiving country may be able to advise you as to requirements once your coach arrives. Good Luck, I have to admit to being a bit envious. I lived in Spain for 3 years and would love to go back!!
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:33 PM   #31
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I worked in freight forwarding for many years and do want to recommend that you work through one of them. They are the people that know what it will take to get your coach shipped over. You are definitely going to want to use a RoRo service as lifting your coach over the side of a ship would not do it any favors!! The freight forwarders offices in the receiving country may be able to advise you as to requirements once your coach arrives. Good Luck, I have to admit to being a bit envious. I lived in Spain for 3 years and would love to go back!!
Thanks for your input, my biggest problem right now is the insurance aspect of this, finding a roro is not a problem as they have several that go through Halifax. I am trying to get in contact with Axa to find out if they offer insurance for this.
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I saw a couple of coaches shipped from Europe to here, last summer, they were both Benz. I also talked to lots of Europeans that rented coaches over here.

I would start looking on that side for Info. It is the same trip, just starts at this end.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:54 PM   #33
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Mentor,

I have bought and sold campervans in Europe on a number of occasions. I find your post lacking specifics on exactly what you are trying to accomplish. If you are talking about transporting a 34 foot, 98 Southwind I would strongly consider leaving it and buying a new or used diesel in the 24 foot range. Firstly you will probably get much better gas mileage, the space will be slightly smaller but much more efficiently used. I believe after a couple of years you will come out ahead.
You may contact BW campers in Amsterdam, ask for Rene', he speaks da english much better than I do. He's a good guy and will help with insurance and whatever else you may need. I've had LONG stays in Europe.
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I have bought and sold campervans in Europe on a number of occasions. I find your post lacking specifics on exactly what you are trying to accomplish. If you are talking about transporting a 34 foot, 98 Southwind I would strongly consider leaving it and buying a new or used diesel in the 24 foot range. Firstly you will probably get much better gas mileage, the space will be slightly smaller but much more efficiently used. I believe after a couple of years you will come out ahead.
You may contact BW campers in Amsterdam, ask for Rene', he speaks da english much better than I do. He's a good guy and will help with insurance and whatever else you may need. I've had LONG stays in Europe.
We are planning on traveling extensively for a long time, as long as health will permit. We have our eye on a spot in Salou Spain that we can get for cheap and put full hookups in and use this for a winter home base. The DW is currently in Ireland shopping for a home to use sporadically in the summers but mainly summers will be spent touring the northern countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia etc. We know our coach is a little large for some roads such as the Connor Pass in County Kerry Ireland but buses travel that route and there are occasional pullouts that allow to pass. Check it out on google maps. In our travels on the continent we have encountered a number of our rigs and spoken with a few who say the restrictions due to size are minimal in most areas and they never go into the city with them. We use a 150CC Piaggio Fly 150 for local transport, it hangs on a carrier on the stern of our unit.
Getting the rig there is not a problem, electric is not a problem nor is propane, the trouble is getting insurance and I asked the DW to ask anyone she may see there in a big rig that appears to be foreign. I have inquiries out to some of the large insurers and hope to have info this week and will post here.
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I would think that if you did the math, it would work out the same to sell your coach, save on all the conversions to it and the shipping and buy something over there. What will you do when it breaks down and needs PARTS and repair? I think there is good reason why there isn't a lot of info on doing this....it's just not done for economic reasons.
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We will be on our way in the fall and here is a company that can provide insurance and arrange the shipping of your rig.

International Insurance

As someone mentioned above about converting, the only things to do are a propane adapter and I have sourced that and a 6 KW 240 to 120 transformer, it's on it's way now.

We shall start from Vancouver Island's west coast and leave through Halifax after touring every province and every site we can think of. Late Sep. we shall board our ship.
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FWIW converting the power voltage is easy. Converting from 60 cycle to 50 cycle may not be. That can create problems with any motors and marginal transformers.
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You're going to get great fuel mileage if you factor in the MPGs while the RV is on the boat!
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Sounds like a heck of an adventure .... Let me be the first to say ..... Good Luck and enjoy the heck out of it!!!!
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:58 AM   #41
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Insurance is set$1450
Voltage rectifier step down transformer is set $600 installed (15000 watts)
RORO shipping is set, $4700
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:35 PM   #42
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All problems solved and we will be on our way across Canada the first week of August then ship it out of Halifax in October.
Shipping is $4,700 and here is the link for insurance, TourInsure: Europe , I do not need anything more than an international drivers license and my home license as well as keeping my BC plates on the coach , the insurance is what is known as a green card and allows travel pretty much everywhere, it appears many people do just what we are doing and so off we go soon. I shall post to this periodically so that those that wish to follow will have an easier time and not have to dig as we did.
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