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Old 12-22-2009, 11:21 AM   #29
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The £1000s were just expample for and easier calculation.

I hope you get your A/S home soon Cheify
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:00 PM   #30
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The GT arrived just after christmas and is now sitting on the drive waiting for the work to start.

Another couple of tips for Folks looking to ship a vintage trailer back to europe.

1. Get a spare set of keys cut for the trailer before you ship it anywhere. Have the vendors DHL / UPS the spare keys directly to you.

It's a blindingly simple thing at the time and seems like commonsense now, seeing as the shippers lost the only set of keys en-route.

2. If you pay for Marine insurance, ask the shippers what the excess is and what exactly is covered.

You've guessed it already.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:37 PM   #31
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Hi Chiefy - have been waiting for news of your new baby and hope, despite your problems, you are happy with your acquisition.

1. Hope you get your keys soon and get to have a look inside.
The US dealer, who shipped ours, was supposed to send the UK dealer we used a spare set of keys separate from the trailer. It didn't happen, but at least we could get into our new trailer.

2. Hope your damage is not too extensive - at least she's safely in your drive. Ours arrived with a dirty great dent in the UK nearside rock guard, so much so that it damaged the trailer skin. Told this was due to handling at Southampton. Some repair work done but still shows - you'll see when we meet at the next UK meet.

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Old 01-22-2010, 10:02 AM   #32
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Hi again

Latest update: apart from the lost keys there is no other damage and the Shipping line is going to foot the bill for new keys / locks.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:20 PM   #33
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Hi, I wish you all well. My 1970 28' Airstream is currently at sea from Charleston CA to Southampton on the Elektra. Which is a Walleneius ship. Their Website is very informative.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:39 AM   #34
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Finally........I've been abale to get inside and I am really happy.

Original Owners manual including loads of extra stuff for the awning etc found tucked away inside.All the original fittings and catches have remained intact.

A-Mul, I hope all goes well for you (it was Walleneus ship that lost my keys!).
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:26 AM   #35
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hi there;
have a look on my small webside:

How to import an Airstream in France... for dummies

It's not for England but you can find a lot of tips or warning for exportation to Europe.

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Old 08-19-2010, 04:28 PM   #36
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Question revival

Hi folks. i thought I'd revive this thread as I'm now looking for an Airstream in the US for export to the UK. I need all the help/ advice I can get as I don't know a great deal about the technical aspects of buying an Airstream and have never imported anything like this before.

I've been using the Airstream Guy, Mark airstreamguy.com - Home - can anyone comment on their experience of using him as their agent?

Should I try to arrange for someone on the forum to inspect the trailer before I buy? (Mark said he normally asks a bunch of questions over the phone to determine the condition of a trailer).

Is it worth trying to purchase any additional items the trailer might need and have those shipped at the same time?

Is anyone aware of any companies who could transport my Airstream from the port in Southampton to me in Scotland?

Any help or advice appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:32 AM   #37
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indeed the best route out of SoCal is via Galveston. K-line, who I have used, have a route that includes Galveston - Jacksonville - Baltimore - Newark - Zeebrugge and onto the UK and the Med. Contact Andy Steinmetz at agsintl@aol.com in Philadelphia. I can personally recommend him.
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FYI this email address is no longer valid - my inquiry today just bounced.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:35 PM   #38
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Andy Steinmetz and the company is AGS international his phone is 610-255-5800. Email is agsintl@comcast.net

I use him a lot.
Tell him Richard in Bat Cave recommended him.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:28 AM   #39
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Thanks Richard. Have added AGS and asked them to bid for the shipping. I'll let you know who wins and why.

From what I read about the risks with RORO shipping, I'm considering paying a higher insurance premium to reduce any excess. What do you think on that?

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Old 12-09-2011, 06:15 AM   #40
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All

the major problem with RoRos is not the type of vessel but the routes your precious ends up on. There are a number of routes across the pond but I have heard K-Line mentioned and I'll compare two of theirs.

1, The Mexico - Gulf(Galvaston) - East Coast to Europe and Med. route. This is fine until it gets to this side. Because the ship is continuing onto the med it drops off your load - sometimes quite literally - in Holland and leaves it for a ship returning from the Med pick-ups and making the last european stop(Southampton) before heading back to Mexico.

2, Transatlantic Shuttle:This is quick and the best of the routes: East coast to Bremerhaven and into Soton before it's return.

Go for the latter where possible: No amount of insurance will compensate for a damaged Airstream at Soton.

Bon Voyage!

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Soton being Southhampton, I presume?

ps: here that body of water is called the Gulf of Mexico, even though Texas has a goodly chunk of it...
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Thanks all for that useful advice.
Got a short list of five shippers now so can discount a few already and will finally decide based on a combo of best value AND route.
Still not actually got the funds to the vendor yet, so until its all done cannot instruct the shipping firm.
But I'm beginning to feel that little bubble of excitement :-) !
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