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Old 04-18-2017, 08:11 AM   #21
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Sorry for the drifting of the thread. Maybe someone will come along with the answers you need.
Not many of us have ever had to deal with what you're trying to do, sorry.
Best I can suggest is start making a lot of inquiries. Maybe you can get it all worked out and post something to help others who may end up needing the same advice you're seeking.
Best of luck!

Dont be sorry, I enjoy what ppl have to say and their experience as much as they do! often not getting and strait answer, let to other also imported things one never would imagine !
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:33 AM   #22
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:47 AM   #23
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I like dutch breakfast
no kidding , bootje aardbeien en a beer, dutch have one of the worse kitchen I have ever tasted, they got saved from the ppl of their colonies living in Holland because they have gooooood food , Indonesia and Caribbean
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:54 AM   #24
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hahaha that's fun, I never considered VLA as food but its lekker , but I guess everything eatable is considered as food, that said I never did consider a McDonalds as restaurant either..lol and easy on your stomach if one does not eat toooooooo much..

But I started this thread to find out about "registering a Bus as a none American Citizen" we got from getting kidnapped, to spending for a perhaps 1000 dollar Trip to 20K and 11K shipping, (which I dont think this is nearly accurate) either, but easy to find out which I will, to being an arrogant American , to Holland and now even VLA..lol

Still I dont have the answer about Registration

I gave you your answer and you just ignore it. You could have easily called and DMV and they would have told you. The 11k was quoted to me about 4 yrs ago to import a 6x6 into Costa Rica. Your driving into Nic from CR is nothing in comparison of what you might run into, i know because i have been to Magua Nic. For you to think you will just slip past MS13 is just wishful thinking. Good luck.



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Jan 01, 2012, 9:36 PM
There are a few people who've done it successfully but I am not aware of anyone doing it with kids. At any rate, I had a conversation with a guy a while ago who had been driving his VW Van down from California.

Questioned whether he had had any problems while on the road, he simply answered: "Lots!"

I asked "Robberies? Violence?" and he answered "I was kid-napped in Mexico - twice." He said just about everything had been stolen from him - several times over. Spare tires? Gone. Tent? Gone. Cash? Gone. Tires on the van? Gone. Personal belongings? Gone.

In other words, while there are certainly people who do so without too many problems, others - apparently - encounter lots of them. Be prepared for trouble - and not just in Mexico. There's plenty of trouble to be had in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, too.

I've taken quite a few trips throughout Guatemala - several had guards with machine guns as accompaniment, depending on where the trip went...

Some people have told me about problems in Nicaragua, too - but I've never encountered a dicey situation there. In general, I always feel safe traveling in Nicaragua. Costa Rica has the fewest problems.

Do not travel at night - unless you are trying to get away from some serious trouble. Hotels are easy to find, as are gas stations.

I might add that I would never, ever try to do this with my kids. I also would not do this with my wife. I also would abstain as anyone over 30 - by then you should have more sense.

Such a trip, currently, is not recommendable. That's really all there is.

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Old 04-18-2017, 09:26 AM   #25
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This is absolutely not true, as long as you don't act like an asshole and don't treat people like trash you'll be fine pretty much anywhere in the world. Xenophobic American Idiocy never ceases to amaze me... "DON'T GO THERE! THOSE PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT AND WILL KILL YOU BECAUSE THEY'RE DIFFERENT!!!!!! HURR DURP A DURP WHARGARBBL!!!" Give me a break...
Have you done the trip? I very well know abouut being a us citizen in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I doubt you heard about a gang robbing a tourist bus in the NE area of Costa Rica. Yes you better have a buch of cash or quick acess. Just google about the dangers of driving from the USA to Costa Rica.
I know a guy that went along on a bus drive to Belieze. While in Mexico he got into an argument with some locals and he backed them down. Late that night and way down the road about 10 pm at a motel a buch showed up looking for revenge against the guy i know. Were it not for the clerk calling them up and warning them not to answer there door saved him. This guy is loade with muscles a former boxer, very street wise and he said never again.

Should you go then look at it to "Expect the worst but hope for the best.

The idea of bringing down along side the road in like El Salvador, Guat, Belize and Mexico and still being there over night.
I have no idea of how to be safe in that situation. So i won't do it.
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I'm not a US citizen, but I had no problem purchasing, registering or insuring my bus. Why do you think you may have problems doing this? The only issue I can think of is that you'll need a US address for the DMV and insurance - do you have friends there who can be your temporary domicile?

Some years ago my sister and her then-boyfriend drove an old Mercedes bus from Canada to Costa Rica where it broke down irrepairably. Her boyfriend left, but she stayed in Costa Rica for four years and loved it there. I don't recollect her saying anything about problems driving through Mexico or Central America, but it was a while ago and lots has changed since then. I just got back last week from three weeks in Mexico (but not with my bus!), and I had absolutely no problems there at all. Everyone I encountered was unfailingly courteous and helpful. If you're worried about driving there, keep to the Cuotas (toll roads), but they're expensive if you're driving long distances. Obviously the non-toll roads are more fun, but more potentially dangerous. If you have to drive at night, only use the Cuotas. It's now about 18 pesos to the dollar, much better than a few years ago when it was only 11 or 12, so your money goes further than before. Just don't look or act like a gringo!

I lived in Rotterdam for four years when my father was the British consul there, and I have plenty of good memories of life in NL then and subsequently. When I later worked offshore in the North Sea I would fly into Schiphol and then take a KLM helicopter out to the rig that was 150 km NNW of Den Helder. I still miss uitsmijters. Good times!

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I'm not a US citizen, but I had no problem purchasing, registering or insuring my bus. Why do you think you may have problems doing this? The only issue I can think of is that you'll need a US address for the DMV and insurance - do you have friends there who can be your temporary domicile?

Some years ago my sister and her then-boyfriend drove an old Mercedes bus from Canada to Costa Rica where it broke down irrepairably. Her boyfriend left, but she stayed in Costa Rica for four years and loved it there. I don't recollect her saying anything about problems driving through Mexico or Central America, but it was a while ago and lots has changed since then. I just got back last week from three weeks in Mexico (but not with my bus!), and I had absolutely no problems there at all. Everyone I encountered was unfailingly courteous and helpful. If you're worried about driving there, keep to the Cuotas (toll roads), but they're expensive if you're driving long distances. Obviously the non-toll roads are more fun, but more potentially dangerous. If you have to drive at night, only use the Cuotas. It's now about 18 pesos to the dollar, much better than a few years ago when it was only 11 or 12, so your money goes further than before. Just don't look or act like a gringo!

I lived in Rotterdam for four years when my father was the British consul there, and I have plenty of good memories of life in NL then and subsequently. When I later worked offshore in the North Sea I would fly into Schiphol and then take a KLM helicopter out to the rig that was 150 km NNW of Den Helder. I still miss uitsmijters. Good times!

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Old 04-18-2017, 10:46 AM   #28
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The only issue I can think of is that you'll need a US address for the DMV and insurance - do you have friends there who can be your temporary domicile?

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This.............
As far as I know, every state requires you to "show" residency in the state.
Might be as simple as showing some utility bills to them with a street address
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Have you done the trip?
While I've not been quite that far south, I've spent alot of time in Mexican "Cartel Land" on a motorcycle. I've also done some time in north Africa. Worse thing I ran into was shitty black market gas. Seriously some of that stuff is more sand than fuel. I still firmly believe if you treat people with respect and don't act like a snob you'll be fine...

Also back on topic, there are several states that do non-resident registrations for motor vehicles... I think Vermont is one of the more poplar states to use, but here is the link to South Dakotas paperwork I found.
http://dor.sd.gov/Motor_Vehicles/Non..._residence.pdf
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This.............
As far as I know, every state requires you to "show" residency in the state.
Might be as simple as showing some utility bills to them with a street address
to you.

Not so when I got a 30 day temp tag for my bus from texas.. I typed the VIN into the computer and paid $25 it spit out a 30 day tag.... im a resident of ohio.. all done online for thsat state... never had to set foot in a DMV.. picked up my tag at the hotel front desk printer blue taped it to the window and drove away

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