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    Hi guys,

    Is it possible to import a used or new caravan from the USA?

    If it is, what amount of import duties should I be looking at, percentage wise and what other importing fees, apart from shipping, should I take note of?

    Any other info for or against importing is appreciated.

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    I would also like to know; I also wonder if it would be easier/more cost effective to import it to Namibia and then fetch it there?


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    ZA caravans not good enough ?

    US caravans will have the door on the wrong side.
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    Interesting question. Is there something specific you are looking at?
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    Would also like to know WHY I have seen some awesome caravans around here After three months on a ship , just imagine all the rot
    You will also pay a reasonable tax on it , seeing that you can buy it here !!

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    This is why! Look at the pic! I would do it too!


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    and for something such as these. scroll down to the bottom.

    http://www.americancampersandtrailer...g_trailers.htm

    Okay, so the kitchen is inside and you can't have a quick roadside meal, but they have more space and seem more luxurious.
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    so, apart from the issue of having it SABS approved, licensed for a year and getting the dealer to trust your purchase before even seeing the van, custom duties are at 100%.
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    Fleetwoods are supposed to be available in SA.

    Dont know what the pricing is like , but can't be more that the local ones.
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    Do you know of the importers contact details?
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    The Northern American caravans are HEAVY! Extremely! A small hibrid caravan with fold out canvas sleeping areas, weighs in at about 1600kg!
    The reasons for this, is the heavy chassis, large tires, Frame work, insulation, heating furnaces, and also the plumbing....
    You will see an upsurge in sales of Ford F250 monsters etc. once they start importing these things form USA.
    Very few South African caravan parks will be able to accommodate these things on the usual sized stands, as they are very long - in excess of 24 feet in length - and this is a small one......
    Nice, but impractical for our purposes....
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    From the fleetwood range, their smallest, cobalt which sleeps 4, has a dinette, fridge and kitchen inside weighs 600kgs.
    the evolution 3 with kitchen on the inside, dinette, fridge, shower and toilet and sleeps 8 weighs in at 1300kg. a bit heavy for a pop up, yes, but ye.
    I'm not sure how these will fare off-road though.

    Oh and, kyalami trailers no longer import the fleetwood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photokid View Post
    From the fleetwood range, their smallest, cobalt which sleeps 4, has a dinette, fridge and kitchen inside weighs 600kgs.
    the evolution 3 with kitchen on the inside, dinette, fridge, shower and toilet and sleeps 8 weighs in at 1300kg. a bit heavy for a pop up, yes, but ye.
    I'm not sure how these will fare off-road though.

    Oh and, kyalami trailers no longer import the fleetwood.
    Cobalt's not the smallest - it is the NEON @ 6'10" - about the size of a 7' Venter...weight is certainly an issue.
    I have spoken to many dealers in Northern America about the construction of various trailers over there. I was questioning them about the excessive weight of even the "light weight", constructed trailers....The invariable answer I got was that they acknowledge their inability to build anything lighter, and were looking at the ways South Africa and Australia went about their construction...They were however concerned with ineffective insulation... rightly so!
    If you look at using real 2"x4" lumber and pressed wood you can get an idea of how heavily these things are being built. It is a pain in rear end to tow...You certainly need all the power form those big thirsty USA V8's and V10's to drag those loads around...
    I tried once and it just about convinced me to stick to hotel holidays!

    Now there is one type of Northern American trailer that I would love to own: Have you heard of the concept of a "fifth wheel"? This is the easiest way of towing a very large caravan behind you - easy to manoeuvre about but also too big for our tiny stands....Seen these pulled into WAY off the beaten track places - but then again I would have gotten a Jurgens Whatever in there as well with a little planning...
    Go and look at some photo's of these beasts - https://www.google.co.za/search?q=fi...w=1600&bih=799
    Had a two week holiday in a 26 foot rental with slide-outs, using a Chevy with a 5.7litre Duramax V8 Diesel, as tow truck...bliss!

    PS: I'd love to have one of those over here but I fear it is impractical in RSA.
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    oh yes,

    Yes, have heard about the 5th wheel caravans. Someone on here as looking for one too if I'm not mistaken. Heh, a bit impractical for our roads or the way we in RSA usually camp. That said, I'd love an airstream (i think that's what they're called). Those huge ones.

    Is it that the weight given by the manufacturer is incorrect?
    I believe 600kg for a cobalt with those things onboard is lighter than our 4 sleepers.

    The evo3 would be on par with a jurgens explorer or conqueror commander, ye?

    I thought this to be a great combo-
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    No no the cobalt does not have all of those things I mentioned on board... I was referring more to the larger trailers they have available over there. Like those silvery beast yes I think Airstream is correct but they are really heavy... and they are not the real large beasts either - as you can seen 45 feet is stuff they go for over there - like dragging your whole house along behind you! Some of the bigger units even have dishwashers, washing machines and dryers in them! Not to talk about 50+inch plasma screen TVs etc....Impractical - that is the stuff I want to get away form!
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    I agree that our camping stuff, mostly, lack insolation. We live in a sub tropical climate, its the hight above sea level that makes the nights cold, but even in winter, we have great winter days. Summers can be to hot - bottomline is that something suiteable for SA might not work in colder countries, also wetter weather will be an issue. Take nothing away from the fact that we now have a range of trailers and caravans to choose from, suiteable for SA.

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    Hello all,

    I can make a few comments about (North) American caravans being that they are everywhere up here in Canada. There is a very large range in size and quality and yes, some of them are very heavy. It drives us crazy to see people pull into a campground in these 40' units and stay in their air conditioned comfort while their generator drowns out our conversation in the next site. The Airstreams are great but relatively uncommon but not all that heavy (apparently) and are very good quality. 40+ year old examples still sell for very good money . If anyone is serious about bringing one over, I can try to dig up some info for you and maybe even take a look if one is local. I also will be looking for someone to share a container with next year as we are shipping our HJ61 over and buying (another) South African trailer.

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