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Old 03-06-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Big sadness...

Dear friends;

We are sad to say we have had to sell our Swiss project Chevy Van
We have moved to France and the authorities would only register the Chevy as a Heavy Goods Vehicle
As Mrs Saabman and I don't have the appropriate driver's licences for the HGV we have had to renounce

However we have not given up the Van Camping and have a new project on the way...
I shall set up a post when the project starts

Fell well old Chevy...

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #2
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Curious to see your European version coming up...
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear that...good luck on your next project. Unreal a van is considered a heavy vehicle. The way things are going over here, we will probably be the same in the near future. Is it you don't want to get a DL to drive it or is it a cost thing?
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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It is a cost and DL thing... special insurance needed, inspection every year for the vehicle rather than e ery 2, and getting the DL would be about 1500 usd each...
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear that. I do think though you will have a great time fixing up another van just the way you want it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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I think that I'm actually more shocked that someone would give up Switzerland for France.


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Old 03-07-2012, 03:10 AM   #7
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I think that I'm actually more shocked that someone would give up Switzerland for France.
Yes I see what you mean problem is in Switzerland that if you are not rolling in $$$$ then cost of living is just sky high... The main attraction to France (close to Swiss border) is cheaper access to property... Health insurance costs are about 50% to 60% cheaper... Food (and wine ) is generally cheaper and as good if not better quality... Ah and places to go off road still exist (although regulations are getting tougher and tougher)...

This being said Switzerland is a wonderful place and we shall miss other aspects of life there... but sometimes choices need to be made
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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Hi;

Would it be possible to leave the van registered in Switzerland?

The EU can't stop you from driving around with out of country plates.

I recall my grandfather and his buddies driving around Italy, France, and Holland without local plates... In very heavy vehicles too!

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #9
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Hey Saabman,
You know that move to France? Not so fast!

This is from Tuesday. The same day as your first post.
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Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed that there are ‘too many immigrants in France’ and that the number arriving should be reduced by almost half.


Who knew the President of France read the Sportsmobile Forum? I guess the "reduced by half" means you can stay but the wife has got to go, or vice-a-versa.
On the bright side, one of you gets to keep the van.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:07 AM   #10
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@Pntyrmvr
Well yes it is possible for non residents... but when you are resident it is illegal and seeing as I cross the border into Switzerland most days with a check point it would be asking for trouble...

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