Importing

Discussion in 'American RV's' started by furmingerfamily, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. furmingerfamily

    furmingerfamily Deleted User

    Hi all, I feel like this could be one of those "open a can of worms" discussions, but here goes LOL... I am looking for general advice about importing an RV from America. Good news is I already own the RV and have done for 12 months, so no import tax right? (I live in Michigan at the moment, moving back in June). What else do I have to worry about before I can enjoy RVing back in Blighty? Power is a major one, is it fairly simple to hook up a step-down transformer between the campsite 240V power outlet and my RV's 110V power in? Also, I assume the gas & water connectors will need converting to metric threads somehow. Is this all fairly painless, any major expense involved there and is there anything I'm forgetting?

    Back story to this is we got the RV bug living here in the US for the past year and a half, economy is really bad here now so doubt we'll get much for the RV, plus we love it to bits even though it's really old (1990 Tioga Montara on a Ford chassis). The size is 22' so should be ideal for chugging around British/European roads I would think. Not looking forward to paying $8/gallon for petrol though *shudders* :cry:. Would really appreciate any advice to help us decide whether to even go down this road.

    Thanks all!
    Jon
     
  2. Road Runner

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    Convert it to LPG to start with.

    i am paying 45p a litre at some local outlets (wished i had more tanks though got 300 ltr at the moment)

    i brought my RV over although flew over to buy it.
     
  3. Lindy-C

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    The only thing you will need to worry about Jon is fitting a step-down transformer for your electrics.....not rocket science, can be done relatively in-expensively.

    For the gas, you can buy an adapter which attaches to your RV tank to enable you to fill up over here and the water hook up is a cinch, use a regular city water hose to attach to the RV and cut the other end off and fit an English Hozelock fitting........alternatively go into Home Depot and buy one of these and use an english hosepipe ..............
     

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    1990 Isn't old Guys. These RVs are built like the proverbial ...........

    Yes. LPG is definately the way to go. GOOD LUCK.:Cool:
     
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  5. furmingerfamily

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement...

    ...I feel a lot more positive about making this importing thing work now! :BigGrin:

    Is there anything I need to worry about re. MOT? I read somewhere in another thread about emissions testing, which made me kind of nervous, given the age...I know, I know, it's not THAT old, but still... :Smile: Here's a picture of our baby...
     

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    Nothing to panic about with the MOT or registration

    As you go along sure we will all help.

    As you'll have all 110 volt electrical goods you wont need to have to major electrical work with just a step down transformer from 220v to 110v.
     
  7. Lindy-C

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    The only thing you will need to worry about for MOT is the rear light configuration, i.e. flashing orange indicators - a simple wiring job albeit a bit time consuming. You will be able to pick up orange rear lenses from any RV parts store, if you have a completely red single rear cluster with a small white reversing light section, simply change the white bulbs for amber ones and use those as indicators. If you require a reversing light you can retro fit one along with a rear fog lamp which is also needed for the MOT.

    As for emissions, that should not be an issue, the Americans are far more stringent on emissions than we are here - we have never had a problem.
     
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    Jon

    Lindy C is being very discreet:Wink:

    She supplies most of us with parts www.statesidetuning.co.uk and also give us a Fun discount.

    Plus she's super fast, reliable and a great source of information to:Wink::thumb:
     
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  9. Lindy-C

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    Thanks John :BigGrin:

    But if Jon has any sense he'll buy all the bits he needs over in the States before he ships the RV and save himself some dosh :Wink: :Rofl1:
     
  10. Road Runner

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    There you go more good advice:Wink::Laughing::Laughing:
     
  11. furmingerfamily

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    Thanks guys. New tyres (tires?!) are definitely on the cards before I bring it over. Not sure if LPG is so big over here - will have to look into that. I think it has orange indicators (blinkers?!) already, not sure about fog lamp but that seems an easy fix. Step-down converter will probably have to be purchased in the UK I would think. And we already have almost all the 120V gadgets we need. I'm getting excited about making this happen now, it would be a shame to sell up & leave our little buddy here - she's almost like on of the family now! A bit rough around the edges too, just like me :BigGrin:
     
  12. Lindy-C

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    Have inserted answers below :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Linda & the Fumingerfamily

    I agree with Linda to a point all that she told you is all good

    But and I don't often do this ... I have to disagree on the tyres the Tioga is probably on 16 inch wheels , the same as my Winnebago and bought a new tyre for mine recently for £75 don't think that was expensive
    Sorry Linda :Wink:
     
  14. Lindy-C

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    Probably $75 in the States Tony :Wink:
     
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    :Cool: I didn't buy one in the USA because most of our our appliances either run from 110 volts or from our Inverter via the batteries charged by Solar.
    It was due to the problems we had registering that prompted us to go onto a Camp site and we then needed a Transformer. :Sad:


    I don't think they would like us to use the generator in an emergency. :Rofl1:
     
  18. Lindy-C

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    Depends on who you ship them with Pat :Wink:

    Transformers need not be THAT expensive over here either, like everything, it pays to shop around :Smile:
     
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    Ahh but Linda I did not have the pleasure of knowing you back then!!!!!:Doh::Doh:

    Regards Pat
     
  20. furmingerfamily

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    wattage on inverter

    Thanks John for that link. Would I need a 5,000 watt inverter do you think? They do have a 1,500 watt inverter for 1/2 the price - $99. Just trying to think what would be pulled off the inverter - Air con., fridge/freezer, microwave, TV would be the big appliances, then it's things like laptop, toaster, kettle. Just wondering if those would pull more than 1,500 watts? I guess it's better to be on the safe side and get the bigger inverter just in case...

    I love this site, and really appreciate the advice from everyone, you guys are great :thumb:
     

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