Is it feasable ???

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  1. Stephen & Jeannie

    Stephen & Jeannie Read Only Funster

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    I am thinking about touring Australia for about six months ! do any funsters have advice on whether i should hire over there or put the MH in a container and ship it over. If the latter more advice please.....:thanks:
     
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    Its not much help but a young lad I know has been there for a years break, he brought an old motorhome and is just touring about living in his motorhome doing abit of work here and there. He is having a ball !
     
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    The cost of a container both ways would probably be as much as your van cost you. Ring any shipping agent for a quote Plus you would be without your home for the six weeks each way that the trip takes, much easier to hire once over there providing you can sort out any insurance problems, or you could buy a cheapo and run it into the ground before abandoning it on your return.
     
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    I'm betting it costs a lot more to ship than to hire a van for 6 months.. and you would have to sort out temporary import license , organise insurance etc .. or as already mentioned, buy one at the port of entry and sell when you leave.. probably the cheaper option but with more uncertainty ..

    another option is to advertise for a swap with an Aussie, you quite often see ads for that..
     
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    When my parents retired they would regularly fly to Australia for several months at a time.
    They would buy a motorhome from the Oz equivalent of Autotrader and sell it again before returning.
    They were prepared to sell at a loss (although sometimes made a profit!) as it was still much cheaper than renting.
     
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    hi steve,
    someone else posted about hiring in oz a while ago.

    for six months it would be a hell of a cost to hire but how much to ship yours out there, arrange insurance ect.?

    they dont seem to have anything over around 7 meters, but im sure there will be specialist companies though.

    fuel has also risen over there but its still half the price we pay and ,unlike america, you do get a full imp gallon even though its in liters.:Doh:

    type 'motorhome hire in australia' into a search and see what you think.

    one site gives a guide to time/distance for a steady trip with sight seeing.
    when you think its almost 1000km from Sydney to melbourne on the main highway but on the map its a mere step, or they recommend a 7 week trip from melbourne to cairnes...thats only two thirds of the east coast.
    its a bloody big country...:Eeek:

    another option would be to save the shipping/hiring cost and buy one over there.
    if you sold it for less than you paid it's still got to be cheaper than hiring.

    just done a quick check and a 6 berth, from brisbane back to brisbane for 6 months will cost you a grand total of........$51398.80

    yes.......$51398.80



     
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    Owt off for Cash, John:Doh:
     
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    he only wants to hire the damn thing, not buy it.....:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    though it wou;d be cheaper.


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    Hi
    We went to Australia 5 years ago and bought a small camper in Sydney paid equivalent of £2200 . We used it to travel around for 6 months and then handed to my daughter and her boyfriend who used it for a further 10 months and then sold it in Perth for £2000 . Not bad £200 for 16 months ,had one service . I would not buy a backpacker van as they are usually hammered and the owners have no money to spend on repairs . There is no mot system and i would recommend you take proof of no claims bonus to get insurance discount , plus you will need an Australian address to give (get permission from a friend/relative)
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    many thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thankyou all for your prompt replies, it looks like a buy one and sell off on return, luckily we do have an address we can use in Melbourne...........:thumb:
     
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    how do you own ?

    We would be very interested to know how the van registration goes for you .We have had a number of email replies from OZ customs & registration .They are adament that you must be a resident of OZ to be the owner not just supply a address. Not a problem if friends are willing to be the owner for you !Otherwise you must have a immigration visa.
    We dont know friends well enough to ask them to become the owners .
     
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    Unfortunately we have had to abandon the projected trip due to unforeseen circumstances so I am unable to answer your question.:cry: :cry: :cry:
     
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    Just as I suspected OZ is still full of felons!!
     
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    Hi there you may well have made your mind up by now and if you have good luck. we did 2 years 2002-2004 going round the country, all the coast road and up the middle doing 68,000 miles Had a great time would love to do it again. we FREE camped for 95% of the time, saved a mint, we bought ours and sold it when we came back, we lost 4000 $ so not bad for 2years. Just onee thing to remember, if a sighn says, no water for500 ks it really means it, the same for croc ,you may not see them but boy are they there. We traveled safe and loved it good luck have FUN.
    regards looking
     
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