BUYING A 2ND HAND CAMPERVAN IN EUROPE
Replies: 89 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2013 4:47 PM Last Post By: wopdrnn
Sep 26, 2010 8:37 AM
60As a non-EU citizen wanting to purchase a camper van in Europe, I found this to be an informative thread. Like others, I wish to visit periodically over the next few years, using the van for 3-month stints in Schengen countries. The above mentioned company in Frankfurt would seem to meet my needs - camper sales, storage, insurance, and registration. However, they have not responded to my emails. Does anyone know a firm in Germany (or elsewhere) that offers: 1) low-priced camper vans for sale, 2) registration & insurance, 3) good reputation, and, 4) storage? Thanks, Dave.
Nov 7, 2010 1:50 AM
Nov 26, 2010 11:37 AM
My wife and I plan to buy a van adapted to sleep , eat and possible a small bathroom. We want it to be economical but reliable transportation and do NOT want to "show off" and risk being robbed. In sum, I read some of the messages and it seems that Germany is the place to buy? We do have European residency and that may help? We would consider storing and using the other summer(s) also. We are flexible.
We plan to do it in May 2011 so we have time.
Any suggestions will be very much welcome.
Thanks in advance for the time and help.
Note: should I post somewhere else, it does not seem that anyone reads this?
Edited by: robertobloise
Jan 2, 2011 1:34 AM
63Europe by Van and Motorhome, by David Shore and Patty Campbell is a really helpful guidebook available here.
There are previews so you can see if the book would be helpful to you.
I just bought a copy from the website.
The book starts with great general information about how to buy/rent/lease a van or motorhome as a non-EU citizen. Then they go into other practical road trip information, including campground advice, traffic signs/rules, bringing kids, language tips, etc. It is really unique. I am excited to have found it.
They include contact information updates for several van places just like the German one described in this thread. The update packet includes a map labeled with distances between cities all over Europe.
This seems to be the only guidebook on this topic, and it is a GOOD one. As a bonus, the authors are very involved. I called regarding a shipping address mistake (on my part) and ended up speaking with one of the authors for 20 minutes about my travel plans. He was very helpful and offered to help us figure out which company will have the best options for our situation (We intend to bring our cats).
I hope this helps!
Jan 2, 2011 2:59 PM
Jan 7, 2011 8:20 AM
This is a great thread. Lots of information here.
I think there's something missing on the market. There's a lot of websites for home exchangers, but there's none for campervan exchangers.
This could be non simultaneous exchanges as, obviously, everyone has a home. So, I think it would be great for all.
This problem wouldn't exist and no one would consider to buy/rent a campervan in Europe.
I believe that the great majority of the Europeans (I can speak for portuguese people) have Australia and New Zealand as their dream trip, and I think that (at least in the forum) the great majority of Australians wish to come to Europe.
I don't have a camper, so I don't know if campervan owners are willing to do this exchanges.
What do you think?
Apr 4, 2011 2:03 AM
I'm planning a campervan 6 months trip in europe this upcoming July, and I'm really interested to ask you some questions regarding buying a van. It's really so frustrating looking for a van for a non eu resident. I will highly appreciate of you could post me your email, so I could ask you fir details.
Thanks a lot!
Sep 15, 2011 2:56 AM
Just a quick ? If you hold a Eu Passport but livng in Australia would those same condition apply to us.
Sep 15, 2011 2:33 PM
Jan 7, 2012 2:03 PM
69Hi Mate just read your blog sounds good what you have done are you still travaling over to Europe & I would like to Know the company you used please so i can contact them Cheers
Jan 9, 2012 3:54 AM
Feb 21, 2012 10:45 AM
this is a quite old thread, but hopefully someone will answer me.
I'm having the same problem you all had before me: I am trying to figure how an american citizen can buy a car while in EU with a tourist VISA.
The way wopdrn did it seems the perfect way. Thing is we're looking for a really rare Van (a Wolksvagen LT35 Sven Hedin), and what I've been finding so far are usually owned by private people.
what we should do in such a case? IS there any way?
I'm italian, so I might buy it for her, but than: will she be allowed to drive it?
And let's say we find a solution for this. We'll have another issue to face. Since the van is quite an old model and my boss need to bring it all the way to Central Asia, we're afraid it won't make it. So a possible solution would be having it shipped until, say, Russia and drive it from there. Can you have something shipped in a country which isn't the one you are living?
Hope someone can help!!
Thanks so much
Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM
why not do it the way I described in this thread?
Please express yourself. What do you mean by "I'm italian, so I might buy it for her, but than: will she be allowed to drive it?" "for her" for whom?
When you want to drive a vehicle, which belongs to someone elese just go to the ADAC-Office (AAA in Germany). They have a form in several languages, which is a letter of authority. Police and borders use to accept it.
What is a Wolksvagen? Never heared about it!
Only buy a vehicle you trust, shipping it to somewehere does not make sense.
Get yourself organised and go.
Aug 25, 2012 5:34 AM
Aug 25, 2012 7:25 PM
I am presently trying to do what you did in Frankfurt a couple of years back, here's hoping you still check this space occassionally .. l would greatly appreciate the companies name in Frankfurt
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