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Old 09-17-2014, 03:18 AM   #1
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Dear Folks at iRV2;
here are two newbies from Germany who would like to say >Moin, moin<.
Y'all might wonder what kind of business a German couple from Bad Zwischenahn - northern part of Germany, about 40 miles from the North Sea - has in a U.S. motorhome forum.
Well, let me explain: Before my wife and I inherited her dads Hymer 550 model year 1991 - I guess you would call it a class C - some 8 years ago, we didn't even know we'd like rv-ing at all, since we spent all of our vacations visiting very good friends in Texas; sometimes twice a year before that.
The Hymer had been sitting idle and used as a 'party pavillion' by the kids for quite some time, so a lot of refurbishing and repairing was in order, which I managed to do mostly by myself.
After our first little weekend trip we were bitten by the bug and took our Hymer whenever we had time off.
Since 1987 when I imported our first American pick up (a 1983 GMC) to Germany, U.S. vehicles were all we had and cared for: '83 Vette, '65 Chevy P/U, '77 H.D., '94 GMC P/U.
So it came as no surprise, when about two years ago the urge for a U.S. motorhome arose.
Now you have to know, that U.S. motorhomes - specially class A - here in Germany are almost as rare as hen's teeth which made our search quite a tedious one. But we succeeded and are now the proud owners of a Winnebago Brave 28 ft, diesel, model year 1996 !
I contacted the first owner and found out that this rig was a demonstrator on our big annual RV and Camping show held in Düsseldorf. Back then Winnebago even had a representative here in Germany which is now defunct.
Our Brave must have arrived in Germany pretty uncomplete with final assembly being made here, as it differs in many ways from the original Brave 28.
My wife and I gave us a 'trial period' of one year before to decide between the much smaller Hymer or the Brave. Well, guess what - we just loved cruisin' down the Autobahn in our Winnebago with all it's style and comfort and sold the Hymer two month ago.
So much for our RV origins. The future hopefully will take us back to the States after my retirement in two years where we want to tour your wonderful country extensively in a class A motorhome, which we want to buy in the States and export it to Germany after our trip, to have it registered overhere.
In the meantime we would like to share a lot of ideas, experience and knowledge in your great forum. Many THANKS in advance - Gaby and Ansgar

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Old 09-17-2014, 05:01 AM   #2
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Gaby and Ansgar,

Welcome to IRV2! Your rig must get a lot of attention on the Autobahn...I hope people stay sane instead of driving crazy around you. Keep posting, there are many experienced poeple here to help out if needed.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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Welkommen! I lived in Nuremberg for 3 years. Beautiful country and enjoyed the beer, food and your fellow countryman. Ich leibe Deutschland!
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:14 AM   #4
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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Glad to have you here with us.

You've come to a great forum. I hope we can help you.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:43 AM   #6
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We live in Denmark so technically speaking we are your neighbours. Well - at least during the summer months, because once it starts to get colder we try to spend the winter months in the US in our RV.

Owning and running an RV in the US does create challenges when you are not resident here. If you look at our website Danes on tour you can read about some of them. We have also written a little bit about RVing for Europeans Danes on tour although mainly with focus on short term holidays.

If you have specific questions relating to being European in an owned RV in the US, please send us a message, and we will be pleased to share our knowledge.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:05 AM   #7
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Hi Gaby & Ansgar! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope all your plans work out for you! Enjoy the Brave!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome Gaby and Ansgar......Folks here have lots of great info.....And there's a search window which allows you to look through older threads.

Safe and Happy Travels.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:03 AM   #9
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Gaby and Ansgar, Glad you're aboard. Best of luck on your future plans. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
Have a wonderful day!
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Welcome to the irv2 gang, Gaby & Ansgar! It's a great to have folks from all kinds of backgrounds in these forums; it really broadens our knowledge and experience base! Glad you decided to join!
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Welcome to the forum....
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Welcome to iRV2.

There are many members who can provide information , that will help you with your plans. So ask away.
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Herzlich Willkommen! I spent two weeks in Munich last year. There I learned to really love beer. Augustiner Brau Edelstoff is my favorite. I was shocked to find it at a liquor store close to where I live outside Atlanta when I got back! I keep it in the fridge all the time now. Nothing comes close to this beer for me!
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

It's always nice to see others from across the ocean that love RV'ing as much as we do here in the US.
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