Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Mid Norfolk
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Some things you may already appreciate, such as MHs in NZ are much more expensive than in Europe, so knowing your place to work is important.
Some folk buy vans here and ship them out, making a considerable profit by claiming back VAT here (as it's "exported"). Perhaps you may consider that in the future BUT you would have to look into the legal aspects.
I have no idea about licences etc in NZ but here a car licence allows us to drive upto 3.5T but above that you either need "grandfather rights" or pass a test to drive upto 7.5T. To get 6 people into a 3.5T vehicle, along with all their belongings, is nigh on impossible. However, that doesn't stop some manufacturers producing them nor some dealers selling them. Do look carefully at your options.
Most folk here reckon that renting out their pride and joy would be difficult. NO-ONE is going to take the care that you take over your own vehicles and my kids refuse to take our MH out as they know I would be upset if something happened, despite having had one or two knocks of my own. IF you rent your van and it comes back damaged, might you have to lose the next rental opportunity while the van is mended? If it's an "older" vehicle, will spare parts be readily available?
As you say, it's a lot of money to lay out so make sure you do your research thoroughly. Good luck - Gordon