Could It Be Done...

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  1. Destination Unknown

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    Could it be done.
    To drive from here to Australia taking what ever time it takes. Not in the Rv but a smaller type Motorhome. We know you can not drive on the damp bits but then ferrys would cover that.
    What would you do about tax/mot/insurance ect as it would be well over 12 months and covering many countries.
     
  2. 2dogs

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    If we had the time and money we would do it. Take a lot of planning and if doing a journey that long why not make it a world tour and continue round?

    If it happens then good luck and no I'm not jealous:cry:

    Cheers
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    once on mainland Europe it is possible, with the correct import and export permits for the various countries, to drive to south east asia without crossing water...but you won't get a ferry to oz from there ...Singapore to Darwin is 2087miles as the crow flies and Singapore is about as far south as you can drive.
     
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    It is not possible to do it legally because of the problem you mentioned of tax and MOT, however never say never a 1950's motorhome would be exempt tax an MOT and the disk could be applied for online even exempt vehicles need to display a valid disk.
     
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    you dont have to have tax or mot once out of europe . you export your vehicle . i did it when on a tour of the coast of africa .
    but it can be done to southern india in six weeks . so there and back easy in 6to 12 months
    .in africa you just buy border insurance . but need a carnage de passage for alot of the countries . same as going to india . many countries require them or you must pay import tax . claiming it back if you can on leaving .
    the rac are the only providers for carnage de passage in uk .
    many use old landrovers or old vw,s as you can rebuild them to as new yet still say they are old and worthless . when i went to africa we left 3 grand deposit with the rac . three times the value of your vehicle . we took a old vw but it was completely rebuilt for the trip . but a grand sounded right for value . with landies you put new gear into an old shell new chassis etc . its new but old . egypt was ten times the value at the time . we hoped to get round that problem later . as it was we came home before getting there .
    you can get an insurance to cover the deposit but we had planned a five year trip . it was better to leave a deposit as we could get it back. would have been cheaper than the insurance.
     
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    You can ship from england to Australia, I think from Liverpool or via Antwerp
    Have a look at

    http://http://www.sea-bridge.de/html/shipping.php?PHPSESSID=3nmijl6mraeu59ashse36tpu35

    This is one of the big trips they do
    http://www.sea-bridge.de/html/mobil...012&PHPSESSID=3nmijl6mraeu59ashse36tpu35#oben


    There used to be a ferry from india or singapore, but not sure at the moment, there is a part down to singapore where you cant drive, so maybe not possible now, there are ships from Malaysia, but you have to find a RoRo type, not really looked into it much at the moment.

    Australia has very stringent quarantine measures, and most motorhomes have to pay extra cleaning before allowed in.

    Australia is very expensive on the shipping front, a lot of people either buy or rent something over there if staying any length of time.

    We are hoping to get there in about 5 years time and the end of our world tour, but the cost might be just too much.

    Seabridge tend to run tours to most places, mostly germans though, but they all manage it in normal motorhomes.
     
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    A friend of ours shipped his Landcruiser to the UK,then journeyed back overland,before shipping back from Oz.He came through Europe then Asia but unsure where he got to OZ from.
     
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    Ask a motorhome manufacturer if they want one delivering down under and say you'll do it for free although it may take a while...
     
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    think if you want a good off road camper then fly there and buy one there .all terrain warriors do some nice ones . but heres a site worth a look http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/index.php. its mainly oz and states based but well worth a look .
     
  10. MrMotorhome

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    It can be done

    A friend of ours drove from UK to Australia when he was 70 years old with his mate in a second hand Ford Transit and a trailer. They carried four spare tyres and never needed them. He left the van in Australia and the following years drove around the circumference of Australia - twice.

    He is presently putting the finishing touches to his book of the journey 'Driving to Australia at 70'
     
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