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Old 06-15-2018, 02:22 PM   #31
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The EU will allow a US vehicle to be present inside EU borders for 6 months out of every 12, so in theory if you're willing to pay for shipping back and forth, yes you could do that. The shipping is not cheap though, and would not be even remotely balanced out by the difference in registration costs. I am fairly sure that the UK (for example) actually charges more. My understanding is that the cost of making your US vehicle legal on a permanent basis in the EU is really substantial.

But I think you may have misread what I wrote as applying to you (as a person) as a tourist. That also happens to be (roughly) true, but it wasn't what I meant. The UK wil give most US citizens a 6 month entry permit on arrival. You can leave and come back and often (but not always) the clock will reset. When we were there last year, my wife (US citizen) got her 6 month stamp, we stayed in the UK for 2 months, then left (in the van) for Spain & France. When we arrived back in the UK two months later, they restamped her passport. They didn't have to do that, but we had been out of the country long enough that I think they opted to do so.

Most EU countries will only give a US citizen a 3 month entry permit. In theory that resets when you leave the Schengen zone and re-enter, but doing that too frequently will get them agitated about what you're doing.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:21 PM   #32
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Why not buy a Sprinter based MotorHome (RV to you) and then either keep in storage in your chosen country or sell again when you leave?

A good quality T1N based coachbuilt MH can be purchased in the UK for £20,000 to £25,000 and for this you should find models with only 30,000 to 40,000 miles recorded.

Try searching eBay.co.uk or let me know and Iíll try and post a few links (Iím on holiday in Italy at the moment so itís not easy for me to post links).

And as an added bonus Euro spec T1N,s typically do not have EGR or DPF,s etc...

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Old 06-15-2018, 03:28 PM   #33
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The vast majority of UK van builds use the Fiat Ducato (in the US known as the Dodge Promaster, with a different engine). Many of them with gasoline engines. There are actually not that many T1N's on the road in the UK compared to NCV3's (and Ducato's and Transits).

I addressed the question of why I didn't do this upthread. Certainly for some people, particularly those who don't already own a van, this would be an option.
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Old 06-16-2018, 02:46 PM   #34
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The first reason I can think of is the mold issue. For some reason, old motorhomes take on a smell that old cars seem to take decades to reproduce. Could be the shower lodges moisture in nooks and crannies that starts the mold growing, if even just a bit. Also, cars don't usually sit for months at a stretch. If I could take my MH that I drive all the time I would be happier.

So If I tour the UK for 5 months you say I can go to Spain next and they won't say "You can come in, but you only have a month before you need to go back to the States"?

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Old 06-16-2018, 04:03 PM   #35
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the UK is outside of the Schengen area, and therefore crossing between them is more or less like arriving/departing from/to the USA.

If you go to the UK, you will *probably* get a 6 month entry permit; you can leave from there to the Schengen zone where you will *probably* get a 3 month entry permit, just as you would if you went there directly from the USA. Once you're inside the Schengen zone, moving around within it won't change anything. If you leave it for a short time (e.g. to go to Switzerland) they might but probably will not reset your permit's "clock". Same if you go to the UK, leave it for a few days and then come back ... they probably would not reset your initial permit's "clock".

I doubt if there is a strict rule for how long you have to be gone before the clock gets reset. As I mentioned, we were out of the UK (in Schengen) for 2 months, and UK passport control didn't seem to bat an eyelid about giving my wife a new stamp. I'm equally certain that if we had left for a weekend trip, they would not have done this.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:35 AM   #36
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Dang, that a little disheartening beings the goal would be to travel to as many places in europe as possible in my off time. But thanks for the info! I definitely have a lot of research to do. ....

Don't be disheartened. Those diesel restrictions are for cars, not trucks/vans like a Sprinter. The best place to research taking your Sprinter to Europe is the blog posts by Campskunk on the Roadtreking blog. Here is link to the page where he discusses his experience. He goes into great detail on the whole process

http://roadtreking.com/tag/campskunk/page/2/

This was his first post about the process.

http://roadtreking.com/navigating-pa...ake-rv-europe/

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Why not buy a Sprinter based MotorHome (RV to you) and then either keep in storage in your chosen country or sell again when you leave?

A good quality T1N based coachbuilt MH can be purchased in the UK for £20,000 to £25,000 and for this you should find models with only 30,000 to 40,000 miles recorded.

Try searching eBay.co.uk or let me know and Iíll try and post a few links (Iím on holiday in Italy at the moment so itís not easy for me to post links).

And as an added bonus Euro spec T1N,s typically do not have EGR or DPF,s etc...

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Old 06-19-2018, 11:39 AM   #38
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Don't be disheartened. Those diesel restrictions are for cars, not trucks/vans like a Sprinter. The best place to research taking your Sprinter to Europe is the blog posts by Campskunk on the Roadtreking blog. Here is link to the page where he discusses his experience. He goes into great detail on the whole process

http://roadtreking.com/tag/campskunk/page/2/
That's the write-up I should have done! I included more detail upthread about a few things than Campskunk, but he actually finished writing and covered more stuff. Excellent.
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I hope the thread is still there. Thank you so much for this thread.
I am from the USA.
Trip: from Annecy to Turkey- via Zurich, Munich, vienna, Budapest and Bucharest.
Approx. Distance : 4000 Km
Dates : June 28 to July 31 (Have I given enough time to travel?)
No of People: 6
Is it worth to ship my 2013 SPRINTER 170" it to France and and ship back from Turkey from the US. It has a 3000 watt power outlet, micro and a fridge.

Rental cars or vans are not allowed to go beyond Vienna.
Please advise me on places to see enroute, cost estimate, insurance and tolls, camping, parking in the city. Have I given enough time to travel?
thank you
bk

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Why do i get the feeling that exactly who/what saramoore was talking about didn't make it into their posting?

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