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Travel Forums Europe Campervan: Bring one or Buy one

1. Posted by Canukk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hello All;
My wife and I are planning to travel, in a campervan (CV), across Europe starting Jan-Feb 2012. To make it as cost effective as possible, we were thinking 6 months at a time, Feb, Mar warmer countries, then Apr for transiting towards non Schengen country, then May Jun Jul out of Schengen. All spread out over a few years.

Here is what it might look like;
First year
Fly into say Amsterdam, drive down to Spain Portugal then England Ireland then back to Amsterdam for the trip back, store CV for 6 months or so. (I've read there are lots of places to store CVs)

Second year
Italy then Croatia then store CV

Third year
Greece then further up north...anyways you guys get the idea....

The reality is that the 90/180 rule is a problem, not only in terms of logistics but also because it greatly complicates the 'bring the campervan across the Atlantic or buy one in Europe" decision.

Anyways here are my questions that I would like advise on....

1- As a non EU person, and given the nomadic travel objectives, will I be able to get a residency permit (RP) in order to purchase a vehicle in Europe?
if yes then what would be the best country?, getting an address, etc.
2- Is it true that once you have a RP in one Schengen country your free to go in all others? Does this include in and out privileges?
3- If I get a RP, will I have to reapply every year?

if no then presumably "the CV across the pond is the way to go.....(about 2800C$, last quote I got)
4- So then if I bring my CV over, How long can I keep it in Europe?
5- Will I be liable for value added tax, at some point in time?

I've tried to locate forums that specifically deal with this....haven't found anything yet...so I'm looking for help.
Thanks.

2. Posted by ScottyRoss (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

There are many companies/web-sites here in the UK that will rent you a CV/Motorhome short or long term!
Best wishes.

3. Posted by carolyn K (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Canukk,
We too are planning on going to eu in2012 and plan on buying a used motorhome in amsterdam.You might check out BW campers and turners campers in Netherlands. We know Americans that have bought from both companies.They all had good experiences. Good luck.
Carolyn k

4. Posted by palaceboy1 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

Hi
What sort of cv have you got maybe a swop might be easier/better we have a motorhome in England that we might consider some sort of arrangment. We are leaving next week for an overland trip tp Australia arriving in November and ouy motorhome is in storage for the next year
Just a Thought

5. Posted by TheCaptandCam (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

HI Canuckk,
What did you decide to do in the end? We are planning to buy a campervan in Europe 2012 and wanted to see if you found any great resources.
The Capt

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