Originally Posted by escape artist
HI; Seef... Thanks for the update. Was wondering how the voyage was going.
Seems like a lot of work to go to for a EU sticker. Is there no way to inspect the Canadian work to prove it's up to the EU standard? Then apply the sticker!!!
How is the search for a pickup truck and hitch going?
Sure hope you can get all the changes made and still have some time for travel too.
Here's a pic of our latest rig!!! Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
The voyage itself (the Escape in a container) is going smooth so far (touch wood).
It is a bit of work, it's not the work that scares me, it was the costs that scared me, but we calculated everything upfront and though it isd expensive, that is the price we have to pay for having the one and only 5.0 on mainland Europe.
Unfortunally there is no way in getting the 5.0 up to EU standards with the parts ETI uses. The simply do not have the required EU/EC certifications. No way around that without having the risk you will be pulled over by the law for a inspection which then reveals not everything is up to spec. And the law will be pulling me over since there are virtually no 5th wheel caravans on the road in the Netherlands. Whitch ofcourse adds very much to the cool factor.
The search for the truck and hitch:
It looks like we finally found a affordable truck. We are seriously looking at the ISUZU D-Max with double cab. This time the search is extra difficult because of the tax laws overhere in the Netherlands. It depends if you are a business owner or not and having said that, it then depends on the type of truck you will buy. We have 2 sets of road tax, for private porsons and for business. It depends on the truck model if you can apply for the business road tax or not. The same goes for VAT. On the D-max getting the truck for business will save you about 10-15K or more.
Fortunally i do own a business.
The hitch is a different story by itself. Although we can get conventional Kingpin hitches we are leaning towards a different option, there's a company overhere that makes 5th wheel hitches the dutch way.
The hitch is EU certified but is way different than the kingpin hitch. It's more like a goosneck coupler (Fifth Wheel Europe - Welkom
Advantage: It uses a bowl in the truck bed. that means when you're not using the hitch you will have a completely flat truck bed.
Downside: The kingpin coupler on the Escape needs to be converted to this type of coupler.
As the kingpin needs to be replaced anyhow (EU certifications again). This is a option worth to explore. It will be more expensive then just replace the kingpin but the flat truckbed is appealing to us since we're not retired yet and will be using the trailer just 4-6 weeks a year for the next 10 years.
All in all, we are spending a fair amoount of money but we figured we will be using this trailer for at least 10-15 (mabe longer) years it's money well spend.
Long story, i hope it makes a bit sense to you guys.
Severinus and Yvonne