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Following on from the ‘Salty Benimars’ thread, how do new German vans get transported to dealers in the UK? Do any of them end up sitting out on open decks on ferries? Anyone know?
 

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By a fella called Herzberg who owns the import company, and is also the uncle of the two guys who run Premium Motorhomes in Doncaster. Hence they have the sole UK dealership for Morelo.
 

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Some of the big stuff gets driven over, possibly because they are too tall for 4m bridges on the continent when on a low loader.

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My mate has done collection from the docks and driven it to the dealer. How it got to the port in Europe he did not say.
 
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Most are transported via low lowders through the tunnel. Often seen on the M20 . Hymers Burstner to name two
 
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Thanks everyone for the info. So hopefully there are no new ‘salty’ German vans on sale.
 

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I see all makes wending their way up the A2 on the back of a truck with a trailer, and another that or sometimes 2 caravans and a MH
 

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We saw around 20 Adrias and 10 Adria caravans parked in the secure compound at Harwich port in May this year.
 
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My mate has done collection from the docks and driven it to the dealer. How it got to the port in Europe he did not say.

We saw around 20 Adrias and 10 Adria caravans parked in the secure compound at Harwich port in May this year.

So it would appear that at least some other vans come across on ferries. Wonder if they were all on closed decks?
 
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Often see new Chausson waiting at Newhaven docks to be picked after being driven of the ferry

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I guess if a dealer has a large delivery it would come on a transporter if they are just getting an odd one it might be driven as it’s probably cheaper.
 

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Speaking of German vans, I saw a whole load of Elddis MoHo's, PVCs and tugs being transported down South this weekend.
 
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I’m wondering if some motorhomes come in on cargo boats rather than car ferries. I found this motorhome shipping company site which mentions they have contracts with manufacturers.

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There are ships that transport motors that are not regular ferries. Not sure if they use them on short haul trips.
 

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My knowledge is, I accept, somewhat out of date, but. We used to bring Both cars and Motorhomes, vans etc from The near Continent in the 1980`s. They where usually loaded last to "Fill" remaining spaces on vehicle decks. Some travelled on the upper open car deck. I doubt things have changed much.
 

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Loading vans on to a ferry as and when space is available makes sense as they probably get a cheaper rate for doing that so I guess you’re right it will still be the same today.
 
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My knowledge is, I accept, somewhat out of date, but. We used to bring Both cars and Motorhomes, vans etc from The near Continent in the 1980`s. They where usually loaded last to "Fill" remaining spaces on vehicle decks. Some travelled on the upper open car deck. I doubt things have changed much.
Not that I’m in the market for a new van, but if I was I’d now be asking the dealer just how that van got to them.

Wonder if any motorhome magazine has thought about doing an article on the subject?
 

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My Burstner, new in June, had zero miles on the clock so must have come over on a lorry. I don't think I would have liked it raking up the miles being driven. Even when it had to go from the dealer to Fiat Professional to have the engine checked over before I picked it up, it still had zero miles on the clock (the dealer told be it was transported there)
 
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My Burstner, new in June, had zero miles on the clock so must have come over on a lorry. I don't think I would have liked it raking up the miles being driven. Even when it had to go from the dealer to Fiat Professional to have the engine checked over before I picked it up, it still had zero miles on the clock (the dealer told be it was transported there)
The mileage can be reset if under a certain amount once so I believe

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Deneb posted a very useful comment in a different thread relating to resetting of the odometer by a dealer, quoted below:

It's not clocked (illegal operation). It's a pre-delivery reset. On the Ducato, if the displayed mileage is less than 125 miles, and it has a letter "H" to the left of the mileage displayed, it can be reset to zero one time only. If less than 125 miles and no letter "H", it has been reset by the importer or the dealer.
If not reset, as soon as the mileage exceeds 125 miles, the ability to reset to zero is no longer available and the "H" disappears.
 

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Deneb posted a very useful comment in a different thread relating to resetting of the odometer by a dealer, quoted below:
I hate to say it but dealers are not exactly known for their honesty and I bet there is a way to reset the mileage what ever. Have you ever wondered about all the new vans that are driven to the shows until they are sold how much mileage have they done.
 

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There are ships that transport motors that are not regular ferries. Not sure if they use them on short haul trips.
A guy I met on my travels that has the ex army wagons has his new monster on route just now from the states in a big dedicated vehicle transport ship...it apparently carries 7500 vehicles. Due in Southampton on December 16th I think

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eneb posted a very useful comment in a different thread relating to resetting of the odometer by a dealer, quoted below

As far as I can see, that excludes most if not all of the German manufacturers, then, and certainly Burstner, Dethleffs and Hymer, all of whom have their factories in southern Germany - much further than 125 miles away from the coast.
I've also seen Hymers being delivered to Belgium on a low loader bearing the Hymer livery. I'm assuming that they would be delivered to channel ports in the same way. How they get from Calais to eg Telford, I don't know, but that exceeds the 125 mile limit too, so it seems that they must be transported in some way.

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