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Old 01-15-2020, 05:11 AM   #1
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Hi, Looking for a 2000-2005 model DP with either bunks or a loft setup to accommodate two adults and 7 year old twins. However the major concern is that it has to be no more than 8'2" wide as it will eventually be taken into Australia where anything wider than 8'2" can't be registered. Any suggestions for which makes and models would be the best to look at? any help will be greatly appreciated.
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The usual and max legal width of a RV in the USA is 102"... And this does not included items that protrude such as awnings and handles.

Does the 8' 2" include items that protrude?
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Hi, Looking for a 2000-2005 model DP with either bunks or a loft setup to accommodate two adults and 7 year old twins. However the major concern is that it has to be no more than 8'2" wide as it will eventually be taken into Australia where anything wider than 8'2" can't be registered. Any suggestions for which makes and models would be the best to look at? any help will be greatly appreciated.
No class A is gonna be that narrow.

Class "C" . Melbourne 24K comes to mind. Coachmen Concord 300 DS. Many class C's. Google is your friend.
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Hi, Looking for a 2000-2005 model DP with either bunks or a loft setup to accommodate two adults and 7 year old twins. However the major concern is that it has to be no more than 8'2" wide as it will eventually be taken into Australia where anything wider than 8'2" can't be registered. Any suggestions for which makes and models would be the best to look at? any help will be greatly appreciated.

Are you sure this is the best plan? Maybe rethink and save shipping cost at the very least.


On second thought; I triple dog dare you to buy an old DP and ship it to Australia.
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Finding parts including filters and general maintenance items for an American rv in Australia could be a challenge unless the exact chassis is available there.
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I believe the older ones are similar width. You will probably end up couch and dinette sleeping unless modified.
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The shipping is going to cost half of what the rv does. Why not just sell it, and buy a compliant one when you get there. There might be other concerns as well. If you try to import a US rv into Canada for example, it has to meet our CSA standards. Many models don't meet those standards due to things like no day time running lights etc. I know there is a list of rvs built to meet Canadian specs, perhaps there is one for Australia. As far as I know, the only narrow body class A rvs are old ones. I think I would reconsider the idea of shipping an old rv across the planet. Think Greta Thumberg.
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I’d say it’s been 2 decades since a class A was 8’ wide...good luck.
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You might find an older one at 96". Several states used to have that width as their max. Might consider a Class B on a Transit type chassis
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Motorhomes used to be 96", back in the early-mid 90's and before. Near all models went to 102" by year 2000. I don't know of anything later that would be less than 100"-102". And that is without mirrors or [theoretically] detachable accessories like awnings. You need to check the Aussie regs carefully to learn exactly how that 8'2" (98") is measured.
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Another thing to consider is that the Aussies drive on the left, so you'll be sitting way over on the edge of the road while driving your American motorhome. Also, your entrance door will be on the traffic side of the motorhome, not on the curb side. Neither of these sound very appealing to me.
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There are a couple of guys on the Foretravel Forum that have imported earlier coaches into AU. Might do a search on that forum and see how they did it.
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Rexhall Industries made class A motorhomes in 92" and 96" widths. They were manufactured in Lancaster CA but the company is now closed. There are still used coaches for sale.
You may have to open up your year group and retrofit the bunks.
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Check on the Tiffin Breeze line of coaches. They are less than 8' I believe, or right at it. Another thought is the location of utilities on the American made coaches vs the Australian RV parks set ups. Might be one of those frustrations when parking and setup.
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