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Importing an RV into the UK
« on: August 06, 2005, 07:21:17 PM »
If you plan to come to the USA, buy an RV and take it home to the UK, we have some information in our forum library written by someone who has done what you're planning to do. Click the Library button in the toolbar above, then click Visitors to the USA and select Importing an RV into the UK.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 10:10:35 AM »
Hi, I have read and re-read all the posts about importing an RV into the UK from the USA and found them to be really helpful...BUT, having just been on the phone to Customs and Excise in the UK, they ahve told us that we Need an agent because the forms are too complicated to fill in ourselfs and we will have to pay for a warehouse as it will take 2-3 weeks to clear it!!! I ahven't read anything like this in past posts and wondered whether you could advise me please. We thought we had it all sored and are due to be going home in about 3 weeks and now we feel that we are back at square one!! Any help appreciated please, Thanks Val and Steve

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 02:14:19 AM »
Val and Steve,

Hopefully Paul or one of the other folks who have done this will be along shortly to answer your question.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 02:29:59 PM »
Hi Both

The guys you spoke to at C&E are talking complete rubbish !!

You can do the paperwork yourself - BUT, for £100 or less I would suggest you do use a Shipping Agent in the UK.

The agent can submit the forms (by electronic means) BEFORE the ship docks, which will save several days wait. They are familiar with what is and isnt needed. They will keep you advised of whats happening and you have a dedicated person acting on your behalf rather than speaking with a different pen-pusher on each call. But, you can do it yourself.

I think C&E may have confused your RV shipment with a container shipment (ie full of hundreds/thousands of items which need clearance, duty checks and even air checks for illegal immigrants etc).

Your RV will be driven off the ship and may be stored in the transport yard for a day or two whilst paperwork is finalised. In fact, you will be charged storage if you dont collect it within a couple of days of being notified its ready.

Email Kathy at k.woollett {at} wainwrightgroup.com and she will go thru it all for you.

Hope it helps
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EDIT Import details from HMRC (inc links to Forms) can be found HERE


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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008, 04:29:26 PM »
Hi all, I am importing an Rv to the UK from Florida, I am wondering if someone could help me with details on how to get my Propane tanks an EPA certificate for shipping
I'm realy having a problem finding out how to get this done.

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008, 12:33:33 AM »

Hi

Try Bernarr at RV Exports.

He will charge you $100-$150.

The job consists of draining your propane into the open air, with a running hose over the propane as it escapes. This is supposed to stop your RV exploding  :o :o. You will then get a little white sticker (from one of those sheets of printer labels) placed on your Propane tank (by fill up point) which merely states "RV Exports - Certified Empty - Dated XX/XX/XX".

The shipping clerk at the docks will ask you to confirm it is empty and take a passing glance at the sticker.

Sadly, this is not exactly a safe way of doing things, but (as you have found) it seems to be the only option available.

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2016, 11:43:56 PM »
My wife and I have a 2001 Itasca Horizon 36 CD, which is a diesel pusher.  We are giving thought to checking on shipping our RV over to Endland from either Jacksonville, Fl, Tampa, Fl, or New Orleans, LA to lEngland.  When it arrived we would fly over and tour England, Wells, Ireland, Scotland and take about a month in doing so.
I have driven up to and through Canada and every state in the USA except N. Dakota so we have experience.
Just wondering whom you contact to get a RV shipped and where would we ship it?
We are wanting to do this as a show of faith to the English over leaving the EU.
Will my 36 foot 8.5 foot wide diesel pusher be okay on the roads there?
Will there be ample campgrounds to handle us.  As long as they have a water fill and a Dump ane elec. we are okay.  I do not know if they do boondocking over there but we do and only visit a campground every 4 days.
Anyone who has done this please post as much information for us to do this at the least cost.
Help
After that we would want to ship it back.

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 05:47:28 AM »
I suspect that the cost of all this is going to be prohibitive. The size of vehicle will be ok, providing you research your route. Camp grounds for that size vehicle will be limited, but here is a list to help. www.rvhere.co.uk
Boondocking is very much frowned upon, by the authorities, but possible. It's just a case of finding somewhere. Pub stops etc are helpful, here is another list www.britstops.com

Personally, I would fly over and rent a Euro type motorhome, but if I can help with more specific questions then please ask.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 06:14:30 AM »
The Visitors to the USA section of our forum Library (button above) has several articles on shipping RVs to the UK. You may find a few helpful suggestions there.

A couple of useful links from SuperMike.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2016, 09:44:04 AM »
Be aware that you will have to modify your RV to use any shore power in England as the standard over there is 240V, whereas over here, we use 120V. You will have to remove that mod once you return to America. You might get away using the generator but....
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2016, 10:51:51 AM »
Stu is correct, but it's usually handled with a transformer. See this article in our forum library. Also, U.S. televisions won't work there, with or without the voltage conversion.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2016, 08:32:59 PM »
Be aware that you will have to modify your RV to use any shore power in England as the standard over there is 240V, whereas over here, we use 120V. You will have to remove that mod once you return to America. You might get away using the generator but....

Very good point. As we are in the UK we aked about conversion costs if we bring our trailer back here and we're quoted £2000 or $2637 to do this.

Also the doors and sewage are probably on the wrong side, but I can't confirm as we haven't rv'd here.
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2016, 08:35:35 PM »
Stu is correct, but it's usually handled with a transformer. See this article in our forum library. Also, U.S. televisions won't work there, with or without the voltage conversion.

Tom, the airline transformers link takes you to their site but not to the products  -  think link broken.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2016, 09:20:24 PM »
Aye Jackie, they changed the link, but a couple of clicks found it here.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2016, 08:59:00 AM »
Also the doors and sewage are probably on the wrong side, but I can't confirm as we haven't rv'd here.

Nope, because you will be lucky to find a fully serviced pitch. They do exist but are rare. Normally we just tote it to the drain, or upon arrival or leaving drive to the drain.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2016, 09:01:17 AM »
You might get away using the generator but....

On site, you would get short shrift if you start up an Onan generator. You might, if you are lucky, get away with a baby Honda for a short time.
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2016, 04:16:14 PM »
Nope, because you will be lucky to find a fully serviced pitch. They do exist but are rare. Normally we just tote it to the drain, or upon arrival or leaving drive to the drain.

Hey Mike, good to see you still contributing.  So when you say serviced you mean no water or power either?  How does that work? Thanks
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2016, 02:19:35 AM »
Hey Mike, good to see you still contributing.  So when you say serviced you mean no water or power either?  How does that work? Thanks

Thank you, that is very kind. Almost all pitches will have 240v electrical connection, with various capacities up to 16A. A water supply is sometimes on the pitch, I carry a very long hose (100m), for when it is not. To get a waste drain , although not impossible, is rare and mainly when it is available is often only for grey water. Black still has to be toted away. When making a booking and that is necessary, with our size vehicle, it is best to enquire from the campsite what their meaning of a serviced pitch is, because to some it is just a tap.  : 8)
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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2016, 03:57:17 AM »
Jings!!  I would have thought the UK had stuff set up as well as the US, but then again, what am I thinking!  LOL.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2016, 04:45:04 AM »
Jings!!  I would have thought the UK had stuff set up as well as the US, but then again, what am I thinking!  LOL.

Indeed. Remember the American RV sized vehicle in the UK is a rarity and so not greatly catered for. Legally our maximum length is 12m, 12ft 4ins. The norm is a Eurovan or a simple caravan which are relatively small, by comparison, and have a cassette type toilet and a small grey tank. To empty the grey tank they just drive to the dump or again tote it. This is a tiny island, by comparison to the USA, just the England bit will fit into California several times. To drive around in an RV takes planning and a good use of Google Maps and Street View to see what you are likely to come up against. On a campsite you become an oddity and a tourist attraction and get used to people taking photographs, even when you are sitting outside.  :o      Our days of the UK being a big player in the world are really gone to be honest.  ::)

All this is why my earlier link to RVhere is a must.   
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2016, 06:06:52 AM »
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Almost all pitches will have 240v electrical connection, with various capacities up to 16A.

Hi Mike, just curious if 16A is common or something new. I recall prior UK-based forum member Paul Chatwin (aka UK-RV) talking about 8A, which I (maybe mistakenly) assumed was the norm &/or max.
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2016, 10:32:27 AM »
Hi Mike, just curious if 16A is common or something new. I recall prior UK-based forum member Paul Chatwin (aka UK-RV) talking about 8A, which I (maybe mistakenly) assumed was the norm &/or max.

Indeed Tom, I hope you and your wandering Welsh family are well.  8)

16A now is much more common. Capacities start at 5A mainly in a tenting field and then 10A often found on private sites, but on the Caravan Club also the Caravan & Camping Club it is all 16A. Many private sites are also converting because all types of units now demand more power. If you look at any site listed on my RVhere link the power available and the maximum size of RV etc is listed on each site page in the bottom left hand corner. Only having 10A with an American RV requires serious power management but we get by because the little private sites are often in the prettiest of places.. Never seen an 8A site, that was before my time as I am a mere slip of a lad.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2016, 10:42:10 AM »
Thanks Mike. Things sure have changed since my parents dragged their caravan around the UK in the 60's & 70's. For their rallies, the SW Caravan Club used to rent a field from a farmer, no hookups, and maybe a communal water tap. The farmer would dig a large hole in the corner of the field with his JCB (aka back hoe). Folks would dump their potties at the end of the rally, and the farmer would fill it in  :o
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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2016, 11:36:53 AM »
Thanks Mike. Things sure have changed since my parents dragged their caravan around the UK in the 60's & 70's. For their rallies, the SW Caravan Club used to rent a field from a farmer, no hookups, and maybe a communal water tap. The farmer would dig a large hole in the corner of the field with his JCB (aka back hoe). Folks would dump their potties at the end of the rally, and the farmer would fill it in  :o

As did mine Tom. Gas mantle lights and it was always Sunday lunchtime when the gas cylinder ran out and the farmer would charge an arm and a leg for a refill. My Dad, god love him, always had his full Sunday roast no matter where we were. Can you imagine doing that in a 60's type caravan, my Mum was a wonder worker, and it came with something like apple pie and custard for pud.   ;D
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« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2016, 12:49:37 PM »
Aye Mike, I remember the gas mantles, and you had to carry a spare mantle just in case. I also recall when I built a small inverter to run a small fluorescent light from a car battery. My Dad was the first in his club to have one of those in his caravan  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2016, 05:14:32 AM »
Yes, everything ran on gas. The only 12v supply, you might have, was taken from the car battery and a long bit of volt reducing wire.  8)
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