Considerations in Importing from Europe? - Fiberglass RV



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-03-2019, 08:53 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: Kari
Trailer: Planning
MN
Posts: 8
Considerations in Importing from Europe?

I tried searching. Please point me to posts if this topic has been covered. I am considering importing an Eriba from Europe. I can't find a local egg that has a King Sized bed. We have an Eriba in Europe, and I would like to have one here for when I retire (husband is already retired in England...long story). I love the Troll layout we have. Has anyone imported a caravan/camper/trailer from Europe? Can you please share the key considerations? Did you have to change out the propane tanks? the Fridge? anything with the electrics other than outlets? The hook up connection? The 13 pin towing apparatus? a 50mm ball hitch? What else? Anything else that needs to be swapped over to make it "American"? What about import tax? registration? customs? Got recommendations on shipping?

I would love to hear your experience. Or as I say, please point me to the previous posts on this topic.

Thank you for your wisdom.
__________________

Kari B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2019, 11:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
David B.'s Avatar
 
Name: Dave & Paula Brown
Trailer: Lil Snoozy
Arizona
Posts: 2,107
Registry
If the entry door is not on the passenger side (like american made RVís) I would think that would be a deal breaker for me. Your other points you listed (electrical, ball hitch size, etc.) sounds like a lot of work/expence.
Dave & Paula
__________________

David B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 01:43 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: K C
Trailer: 1971 Trailswest Campster
Washington
Posts: 2,352
It must be very possible, I have seen a European made Eriba parked on the street in my Seattle neighborhood several times this last few months. But I did not notice if the plates were US or Canadian.


As to the propane fittings, you can get screw in place adapter fittings from marine supply sources. Lots of sailboats travel the globe so adapters are needed both here and there depending on where the boats are from. So that is an easy problem to solve. You can also get 13 pin to 7 pin adapters for the trailer lights so that too is an easy problem to solve.


2 inch hitch ball translates to 50.8 mm which is very close so it is possible that an adjustment can make it work.


As to the electric as long as it is 12v you can use adapters for the plug ins or just switch out the fittings for the current US standards. Both solutions are easy enough to do.


As to the paperwork requirements, that is something you can find out from the Federal Government websites.


The shipping needs to be arranged in the country where the trailer is coming from. That is not something that would be found on this forum. Most of the time a person bringing a trailer or vehicle from Europe into the USA is a person in the military who was stationed overseas and the military has their own arrangements for doing that transportation.
k corbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 02:27 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
John in Santa Cruz's Avatar
 
Name: John
Trailer: Escape 21, behind an '02 F250 7.3 diesel tug
CA
Posts: 1,630
european AC is 240V 50Hz, ours is 120V 60Hz, so if this trailer has a shore cord, thats going to be a problem.
John in Santa Cruz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 04:03 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Steve Hammel's Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Hymer Touring GT
Loon Lake Wa. and Boulder City, Nv.
Posts: 1,810
Registry
Google Hymer Touring GT. If you act quickly you can pick one up very cheaply. Sicard RV in Ontario Canada is selling them brand new for $19900 Canadian or roughly $16k US. After looking at several used trailers I couldn't pass up that king bed for that price.
__________________
Previously Owned: Trillium 4500, Scamp 19', Bigfoot 17', Boler 17', Bonair Oxygen.
Steve Hammel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 09:34 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
vintageracer's Avatar
 
Name: To Infinity & Beyond!
Trailer: Uhaul CT 13 & 1977 Argosy 6.0 Minuet
Tennessee
Posts: 517
You will run into the same issues that folks have when importing vehicles from other countries not manufactured to US Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements.

A European trailer is not manufactured to meet US DOT specs. They are made to meet European requirements which in many instances are more stringent requirements than those in the US. Go figure?

Having said that your husband being in England (None US Citizen possibly?) can import a 25 years old or NEWER trailer on a 1 year travel exemption however after 1 year in the USA you must export the trailer BACK to the country from which you originally imported the trailer. The trailer you import cannot be sold or left in the USA. It must be exported back after 1 year. You can also import any trailer 25 years old or OLDER under the DOT exemption for old/Classic vehicles with no restrictions.

Other than that you are schidt outta luck (SOL) for any newer type (25 years old or newer) of European manufacture or other country of manufacture that does not conform to US DOT specs and is certified so on the trailer and import documents.
__________________
Mike

Remember "Drive Fast, Turn Heads, Break Hearts"!
vintageracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 10:42 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 7,839
Registry
Considerations in Importing from Europe?

For trailers, the modifications to bring it into compliance with US DOT requirements are fairly minimal- mostly lights. The DOT doesnít care whether the coach electrical systems are compatible (thatís your problem later).

Although the modifications to meet DOT requirements are not burdensome, the process itself is. You have to use a registered importer, the trailer will be impounded at the port of entry while the importer arranges the modifications and obtains the documentation ($$$).

As said, you bypass the hassle by importing a trailer over 25 years old.
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 11:43 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Name: Kari
Trailer: Planning
MN
Posts: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Hammel View Post
Google Hymer Touring GT. If you act quickly you can pick one up very cheaply. Sicard RV in Ontario Canada is selling them brand new for $19900 Canadian or roughly $16k US. After looking at several used trailers I couldn't pass up that king bed for that price.
Sold. I just put down a deposit. Thanks for the pointer. It is exactly the layout I wanted. Appreciate the quick replies.
Kari B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 01:13 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Steve Hammel's Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Hymer Touring GT
Loon Lake Wa. and Boulder City, Nv.
Posts: 1,810
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kari B View Post
Sold. I just put down a deposit. Thanks for the pointer. It is exactly the layout I wanted. Appreciate the quick replies.
Great, It is pretty much identical to the Eriba Troll. Yes there is no warranty or factory support but at 16k brand new it would be hard to find that value in a used out of warranty rig anyway.
__________________
Previously Owned: Trillium 4500, Scamp 19', Bigfoot 17', Boler 17', Bonair Oxygen.
Steve Hammel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 03:27 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Name: Kari
Trailer: Planning
MN
Posts: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Hammel View Post
Great, It is pretty much identical to the Eriba Troll. Yes there is no warranty or factory support but at 16k brand new it would be hard to find that value in a used out of warranty rig anyway.
For certain that is true. Which port did you bring it in through? Any advice on the import process?

Thanks again for the tip!
Kari B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 06:08 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: K C
Trailer: 1971 Trailswest Campster
Washington
Posts: 2,352
Quote:
Originally Posted by John in Santa Cruz View Post
european AC is 240V 50Hz, ours is 120V 60Hz, so if this trailer has a shore cord, thats going to be a problem.
Changing plugs is easy enough. But if there is a converter or an inverter involved in the mix then that would have to be replaced with a 120v
k corbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 06:41 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Name: lee
Trailer: trailswest campsterl, 1996 Scamp 16 foot
Idaho
Posts: 493
Eriba puck

Kari B Don't know if you were aware and it may not be relevant to your situation but Meerkat makes an Eriba Puck clone that might work for you and be less expensive overall than importing . You can look them up on the web or Little Guy trailers sells them . If you look on the web be sure to input Meerkat trailers , just Meerkat and you will get volumes of info on the little jungle critters . Lee and Norma
Lee Senn is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 07:06 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Steve Hammel's Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Hymer Touring GT
Loon Lake Wa. and Boulder City, Nv.
Posts: 1,810
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kari B View Post
For certain that is true. Which port did you bring it in through? Any advice on the import process?

Thanks again for the tip!
Haven't got mine yet. It'll be brought across the border in Buffalo on the 22nd.

Other owners are meeting on this Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/427850547980510/
We need to encourage them to come over here.
__________________
Previously Owned: Trillium 4500, Scamp 19', Bigfoot 17', Boler 17', Bonair Oxygen.
Steve Hammel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2019, 07:51 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Name: Justus
Trailer: Hymer Touring GT
Illinois
Posts: 152
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kari B View Post
For certain that is true. Which port did you bring it in through? Any advice on the import process?

Thanks again for the tip!
Sicard will only export it through Buffalo for a $500 CAD fee. I asked about Detroit for an extra charge but they said they were only set up with an agent in Buffalo.

By exporting, you avoid the 13% HST charged in Ontario. I checked current policy and there is no way to get that refunded.

I am going to the dealership tomorrow and then following the delivery truck to the border. I'll provide an update on the handover experience.
__________________

Justus C is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Importing Caravan/Trailer from Europe janic Money Matters 23 01-28-2014 09:30 PM
Tow vehicle considerations-The journey ruscal Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 67 03-05-2013 11:13 PM
Cushions and resale considerations Bobbie Mayer Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 08-23-2007 04:38 PM
Importing Caravan/Trailer from Europe janic Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 01-01-1970 12:00 AM
Importing Caravan/Trailer from Europe janic Classified Archives 0 01-01-1970 12:00 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.