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it looks interesting.
Originally Posted by AlbertoB View Post
Quite sad that you had to go through that at such a difficult moment.
You are perfectly right: I used to work for American computer companies and spent a considerable amount of time in the US.
Once a collegue on a short business trip failed to properly explain the reason for the trip and was given 24 hours to leave the country. The company had to fix the problem.
For this trip I obtained the US visa ahead of time, just to be on the safe side, and plan to travel with the return flight booked and paid.
I know that some people travel with the ESTA and then ask for an extension to go over the 3 months limitation, but I prefer peace of mind even if the visa is an additional cost.
The US immigration is generally worried about people entering as tourists and then remaining as illegal immigrants: at my ripe old age (wrong side of 60s) I probably do not qualify as a possible immigrant but, as you correctly stated, it always pays to have everything in order
|patp||Do be very careful over visas etc. We had occasion to travel back and forth to the States when my Sister in Law died leaving my brother with a one year old child. The authorities were not at all sympathetic to non standard plans. We once had to fly in to the to States with no return ticket in our possession and we were grilled, separately, over our "stories" as to what we thought we were up to. It was all rather scary! No extension of stay was possible even though our visit was all about a death in the family. The border police even grilled a nun, over her plans to visit Mexico, telling her that they would decide where and when she would travel!|
Early next year I will be touring the US with my RV and I thought I would share the information.
The RV will be shipped by Seabridge (www.seabridge-tours.de). The cost for my 19 ft vehicle is 4350 Euros from Antwerp (Belgium) to Baltimore and back.
It includes port charges, and a fuel surcharge that is subject to change.
They have weekly departures and changes can be made free of charge.
In addition they offer road insurance at a cost of around 1800 Euros for 30000 of vehicle value.
My plan is to spend 4-6 months in the US and, as others have noted, the cost of hiring an RV locally are much higher.
If others have similar plans, or have done it before, I welcome experiences and suggestions
|deefordog||Graham - Ceejayt on here was IIRC, thinking of shipping his newly built RS Elysian over the pond. Might be worth dropping him a line https://forums.motorhomefacts.com/mem...6-ceejayt.html|
Sadly, "viks" hasn't looked at MHF since 29th March 2012 because it's an old thread that's been resurrected.
It was interesting to read all the comments though.
Hi Viks, I see where you are coming from and would ignore the negative comments I think you've got a measure of how you could make it work and it would be a much better experience that simply hiring, the biggest difference would be your identity in a European MH on your travels and will open many doors through the art of conversation.
BTW, everything need not be money orientated so don't decide on this, enjoy.
I wanted to resurrect this thread to see if anyone has done more work/research on this since 2013? Or indeed done the trip...
We have it mind when we retire to take an extended RV trip over the mainland US of A. With an ESTA we can do 90 days however I have asked if we can get a 6 month visa. If we cant we may spend some time in Canada as well.
Our options look like either hiring over there or shipping ours over.
I am not interested in buying/selling an RV.
Any updates would be appreciated
Ive been considering importing our Arto but having been advised both by people who have done both
http://www.motorhomelifers.co.uk/ who say that they would buy a secondhand RV with the snags sorted.
And by swmbo that she would require more room for full time
So Ive been looking at these
http://acemotorhome.com/ ( not to be confused with UK one)
These sell for $90k in US and £90k in the uk they are 7.5 tonne so would be a good proposition to import and sell here when we ve finished?
only drawback I can see is the v10 petrol engine and the import taxes/ conversion costs
also- has can anyone give advice on the fastest way to gain a US licence.
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