Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: N Lincs
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We have exchanged twice to Australia, Once for 8 weeks and this time we are going for 12 weeks, Its not without its pitfalls but on the whole would do it again. My advice to you is not to do a simultaneous exchange, that way you can meet/be met at airport, you can put each other up or as we did this time, site your van locally and take them to it. Make sure Your ins is absolutely watertight and be prepared to encounter difficulty with ins if they want to take your van abroad, in fact i would say uk only to any prospectives.
The first time we did it was in 2005 with a guy from Melbourne we went first and had a great time, he met us and was A1, he came here the following year and toured Europe for 6 weeks, at the time i had an oldish hymer camp and when he came back it had a significant hole in the overcab, he,d taped it up to keep it dry and he had previosly rung me to tell me he had caught an overhanging tree in Spain. He told me he would pay the ins excess, i had it repaired £3,800 and he duly paid the excess as agreed, we have remained friends and will be staying with him in March as he is taking me to the F1 GP.
The second time we did it was this year with a couple from Sydney that we met through a web site which i will give you details of,The are 60ish very experiencd motorhomers and i conversed with them via e mail for 3 months before they came, i felt at ease with them as i could see they were clearly fussy about things and nice people, However by now we had graduated to a £35,000 camper and i felt distinctly uneasy while they were away, we had just lived in the van for three months in Spain and i know that when you live in a van for three months things happen, things get spilt ect. When the van came back it was mint except for, a smashed side lockcer door which they had told me a tractor hit them in Dorset and never stopped, anyway they paid no problem.
So we are going to Oz on new years eve for three months to get some sun.anyway the point of all this rambling is to illustrate that things happen and you just have to be prepared to fix it, Set some rules beforehand,, we agreed to be responsible for the day to day running of the van,if the screen goes you fix it if you get a blowout you buy another tyre, if the van breaks down or anything fails sort it and reimburse each other.
i,m a learner with the computer and i,ll find the web site and posi for you.