Motorhome in France

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  1. sally47

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    Has anyone experience of moving to France and keeping your motorhome and registering it to their bearing in mind a English auto trail with habitation door on left and tag axle 4.5 tonne I know this is long shot but maybe someone will know
     
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    Tried to do my autotrail scout , forget it!! Did my car no problem but the camper was a different story.
     
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    Did ours. A fair bit of paperwork but worth it but was lhd
     
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    its almost impossible . might even be impossible .
    when i had my vw garage several customers and friends moved to france . usually it ended up us going over . bringing their camper back and selling it for them here .
    even vans with side doors on uk side . some even volunteered to have the side door welded up but the french wouldnt accept even that.
    take the easy way sell here buy there.
     
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    We did it! Ours was only 3.5te though.
    Dead easy, first get a ceftificate of conformity. Then a CT French MOT. Then take all papers to prefecture including certificate of conformity, V5, passports, CT and any other you think they might want.
    Take copies for them.
    Only problem i can think of is ad ig is over 3.5 they might send you to drire (French Vosa) who will examine it.
     
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    Absolute bollocks sorry!
    Side door is on was scrapped years ago for example!
     
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    ours was over 3.5 tonnes so is doable
     
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    well you can be right . i only know several had problems .
    times do change .
    mind i always thought it should be possible .
    good on you if you did it.
    many cant be doing with any hassle .
    i dont mind ,i get fun out of arguing with authority.
    be nice if its changed .
     
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    As said Alan ours was sub 3.5 might make a difference. Ours was dead easy but secret is do the research take everything the need and owt you think they might. Take copies to give them, they can have a copier next to them but will not do it!
    Biggest thing is cert of conformity. After I Think 2008 it encompasses the whole vehicle, habitation and chassis. Get one from motorhome manufacturer! Some charge Rapido did not.
    Beat them with knowledge!

    Thanks for not taking offence!
     
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    its ok.
    i packed in my garage in 98. times do change . but i know some that moved to brittany later on and still ended up sending m,homes back for sale .
    some actually bought french vans and later moved back to uk and are amazed how easy uk is to register foreign vehicles .
    think many just gave in too early . i could never see why it couldnt be done but as i say if i moved over it would be fun . be interesting to know how they would cope with my mini artic pulling a living van . its all plating and testing exempt here . ha ha .
     
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    We put our 3.5 tonne into French system, but as has been said you do need a complete certificate of conformity from Autotrail including cab and habitation and possibly gas system. It will cost upwards of 300 euros at the prefecture and you will need a certificate from the French taxation department and as said a French CT ( mot ) Oh and proof that all the VAT etc was paid in full in the country of purchase

    As with everything in France there is lots of paperwork and patience and a smile, try to get cross with them and forget it
     
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    Proof of VAT ix obtained from hotel d'impot free!
     
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    Is quittance fiscale :) And free as u say
     
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    I think if the van is LHD & hab door is on the right it can be done. They don't like the hab door on the left as it opens into the road!
     
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    It does not matter! This rule was scrapped some years ago!
     
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