For those of you thinking of following us down this route, a short update on progress and procedure…
The motorhome is n ow booked to depart from Antwerp for Baltimore. Vessels depart on Wednesdays and arrive in Baltimore 15 days later. The vehicle must be in Antwerp at least two days before departure (Noon on Monday at the latest). It will be available to pick up 2 to 3 working days after arrival in Baltimore at which point various formalities need to be completed as you would expect.
Shipping cost is €47 per cubic metre and by all accounts they measure carefully. This is with Seabridge who specialise in Motorhome shipping around the world. They also have the advantage of allowing you to ship all your equipment inside the vehicle as long as it is out of sight i.e. in cupboards or the garage etc. Gas tanks to be empty and diesel less than a quarter full.
Today has been a major form filling exercise plus a visit to the Post Office to acquire two International Driving Permits (£5.50 each) a requirement for the US Insurers. A short run down of the paperwork:
- North American Motor Insurance for 6 months(cost as yet unknown)
- Shipping insurance (0.9% of value of vehicle)
- EPF form and ISF forms – required for export and import
Seabridge have provided lots of useful information on dropping off and picking up the vehicle. They have also provided the location of where to get gas and the nearest Walmart after leaving the harbour. I have plotted the various locations into a North American RV version of CoPilot. I have also booked our first two nights accommodation in the motorhome after pick up at Capitol Koa just outside Washington and around 20 miles from the pick up.
All this has resulted in a slight change in route planning – you can see the route stages under the drop down menu North American Road Trip
Still to do – vehicle service (not habitation, did that recently), fit additional locks on the garage doors and also a lock inside the vehicle for the door separating the living and sleeping areas as we will be using the under bed storage for various items. Nothing valuable will be in the vehicle in terms of electronics, computers, cameras etc when it is shipped.