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    Default A new vario project

    Does any one have any advice on how to register an Irish truck in the uk, it doesn't seem very easy?.

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    Ok, not much help there then! I have now managed to go through the process myself, Its not an easy task to do for the first time, firstly I was told by the DVLA that I would need to apply for an IVA but before that I would need to get it taxed on the chassis number (temporary) but to do that it would need to be insured, after getting some horrendous quotes (1000) I was told by VOSA that I did not need it, but I would need a certificate of conformity from Mercedes 230.00 I then had to present at a Vosa station that did N2 class (100 miles away) it passed ok second time ( the rear crew cab window did not have the correct markings on it! I then had to fill in more forms so I could apply for an MOT. it passed first time
    I then filled in more forms to apply for a registration! they were sent back as I had not notified HMRC customs that I had imported the vehicle, so I went onto the very involved and not very easy to navigate HMRC website, and filed it on line, They promptly sent me a fine of 1250.00 for late notification !! to which I appealed, thankfully they accepted my reasons and squashed the fine. I have now got all the paper work done and have a UK registration,
    now for the camper coversion!

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    This is the SE USA forum, mate. I've pinged an admin to move the thread for you.
    Safety fast,
    Bill

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    Hi sorry you had to answer your own question.
    Did you buy your vario through the ESB auctions as I see the Irsh ESB are disposing of vario's & 4x4 canters,
    Many thanks for posting the reg process & don't forget to post up your build, I've been looking at sourcing a vario's from Germany as you don't come across many 4X4 vario's in the UK
    looking forward to see what you do with yours.

    regards
    Gren

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    Ok so if I post something here and now is it in the right place? anyway ive been to SE USA a few times does that count?

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    Gren, The truck came indirectly from the auction, I contacted a truck dealer mate of mine who has moved back to Wicklow, Ireland, and he found me one, he also had it shipped over to me, so I may have paid a bit more but it just arrived on the back of a low loader. he did an appraisal on the truck and sent me pictures, so I knew what I was getting!
    It also saved me the time and cost of going to Ireland and the cost of driving it back, The cantors are a bit more modern, but as a truck mechanic I class them as a "soft truck" and its hard enough to get parts here in the UK so it could be really difficult when stranded in remote places.
    Regarding the build of the camper I plan to post it up, I have tried to post some photos, (unsuccessfully!)
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    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zn86fppsrk...37.23.jpg?dl=0
    Testing the departure angle with a wooden mock up of the proposed rear body angle

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    Congratulations on your Vario 4x4. Excellent choice and very good "raw material for an overland camper".DSC_0448_2.jpg

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    Default Vario

    Gren
    I remember reading that you put a caravan body on your Vario. I actually looks quite good, I have considered that option, you can buy a brand new caravan for about 18K and its all done. I have had one quote of 13K just for the box to be made! A couple of things put me off the caravan route, one was that on the whole caravans are pretty flimsy things and I could imagine all the cupboards falling apart (have you had any problems) also how have you mounted it to the chassis?
    The other thing is getting the lay out and spec that I want, and also when you start changing the fridge to compressor ect and other bits, cost will mount up.

    I want to take the crew cab off mine as there will only ever be two of us in it, and then incorporate the cab as part of the living area ( but it will be able to be closed off for security.

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    2014-11-01 12.35.10.jpg
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    Testing departure angles (the timber clamped to the back is what I am planning for the rear body storage)

    My Vario and Land Rover at the Adventure Overland Show 20142014-09-28 14.03.47.jpg
    Last edited by part time nomad; 11-05-2014 at 11:20 AM.

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