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Old 02-11-2020
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Default Taking our FC to Europe...

I have checked -- shipping is not TOO bad (unless you count the cost of the Divorce THIS crazy idea will surely entail)… Has anyone ever "done" Europe in a Wanderlodge? In particular, ours is an FC-33, so small and low-tech.

It is in comparison to the HUGE cost of rentals for tiny little Campervans that makes me think about this...Our FC has everything we need already...is a known commodity mechanically, has space we are used to, etc.

Would a small FC be able to manage most of the roads?

What about Insurance?

Any "Gotchas" that makes this not just a CRAZY Idea, but an impossible one...
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Don’t forget about the steering wheel location there versus here. I believe Dave and Leslie Lynch are considering taking a C class over in that direction for an extended stay. From our experience the roads and drivers are way different from here for sure. Post a bunch of pictures for sure and enjoy.
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Don’t forget about the steering wheel location there versus here.
Only wrong in the UK, which technically is no longer part of Europe!!!
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Oh yea I guess that’s true
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I think electric power will be a big issue, 50 cycle 230 volts?
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Wow. What a grand plan. Hope it works out for you both. Sounds like a great way to tour around Europe. Only question remains do you ship the bus back or sell it over there? Or let some Wanderlodge friends use it when you are done!
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My first thought is what will happen if you have a major breakdown?
Can the parts be found in the country your in?
Trans,engine etc?


Next thing,i shipped a coach to Chile,it went on a ship from Jax florida.
I was not allowed on the property.
I met a expediter that was allowed on the property and she (a young women,maybe 22yo) was to drive the coach to the ship,she was a driver that delvered cars and small trucks to the ship.
She had never driven an air brake bus,or any bus for that matter.
I gave her a 10 minute crash course on how to start it,how to air it up,how to release the brakes and away she went.
I had hidden keys all over the bus,just in case they lost the keys.
They did in fact lose the keys,and we had to tell them where one of the spare sets were hidden.
They also put a good long stripe done one side where they rubbed a concrete barrier.
And the coach i sent was empty,no personal stuff.
I bet they went over it well,looking for anything that was shiny.


Maybe you can stay in the coach while being shipped?
if not,no way would i ship my coach anywhere.
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Only wrong in the UK, which technically is no longer part of Europe!!!
The UK is still very much part of Europe, just not the EU. Not all countries in continental Europe are in the EU, but are still part of Europe. And technically the Republic of Ireland is not in the UK but is part of the EU and they have right hand drive cars (driving on the left side of the road) so you could be in an EU country and driving on the left.

But to the OP's point, I would think if you only drove on the motorways you would be OK. They do have semi trucks there (LGVs) There are some very narrow streets once you get into towns and villages and you might have an issue there. I would thoroughly investigate licensing, insurance and driving permits before planning such a trip.

Two issues I might consider. One, Diesel fuel (well, any fuel really) is very expensive there (currently $5.50 gallon on average) so your fuel cost will be rather high. Second the electric is all 230 V at 50 cycles. There are converters to deal with that, but you would need to have that sorted before you go.

However, if you decide against shipping the Wanderlodge, you could always find something like this:


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If the Isetta is a bit too compact, large motorhomes are available. Here is one such place that rents them. As you can see they do have Class A size coaches there. It may be cheaper to hire one for the time there than to ship one across the Atlantic.
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We have two members "across the pond". One in Germany (Ernst) an FC and another in Great Britain (andy rob) an M-380. Ernst has been over a large part of Europe and andy rob can get around GB pretty well with his M-380.
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