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Old 07-16-2015, 09:00 PM   #21
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Houses are very expencive here, almost no one can afford a house without help from the bank. (For example, I own a 80m2 apartment built in the 60's and it cost 146.000,-)
The interest you have to pay the bank for 'helping' you is like a chain around people's neck.
By that standard I can see why even an imported bus is considered inexpensive. Supposing a 40 ft dognose has about 32 ft usable length inside, its 240 ft2/22.3m2 floor area would be quite attractive.
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:32 PM   #22
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and $9.24 for a gallon of gasoline over here better come with a jar of vasoline!
Nope. Vaseline only comes with premium gas and that costs 15 EUROS per liter.
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:39 PM   #23
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Well, to me it is very attractive indeed.
It's the freedom of having a home thats mobile plus an income from investments where i can live comfortably from.
Although there are some other problems to keep in mind.
The Netherlands is not realy camper friendly, we don't have RV parks like in the U.S.
We call them 'campings' and they usually don't let anyone stay the year around.
Most of them close between October and March.
In that period you are not allowed to stay.
Although there are a few where you can stay but most of them don't accommodate big RV's or busses. (Regular campers or RV's like u call them are not much bigger then an average U.S. pickup truck)
Also the government don't realy likes people living in RV's, you have to have a home adress or accept all the issues that come with not following the rules.

But so be it... I'll be free to travel and do what ever I like and that will be worth it.

I got inspired by:

Www.hankboughtabus.com

most people here probably know the guy/website.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:51 PM   #24
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A little update:

After weeks of searching I finally found 6 campings close enough to my job to feel comfortable traveling.
Next week I plan to visit each one of them to see if they can accommodate a 40feet camper.
In my country most campers or RV's are no longer then 23feet, so having one almost twice that size can be a problem since the layout of most campings can't handle them.

Wish me luck next week, I really hope I can find a place!
If I find a place to live in it, my next step is to sell all my racing stuff.
After selling it I hope to have enough budget to start shopping.
I changed my plans a little bit, instead of a dognose it will be a Crown Coach from 1987 or older.

1987 or younger will cost €350,- a month roadtax
1987 or older will be €120,- a year.
1974 or older will be tax free.

Can anybody tell me about what the difference will be between a 1987 and a 1974 Crown Coach?
Are they verry much the same, or totally different?
What can I expect for maintenance?
Is it like a car, oil and oli filter, aircleaner and just checking the overall condition?
Or is there a lot more to it?
I also have no idea where to buy maintenance parts? Any advice?

Kind regards Bryce.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:01 PM   #25
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I don't know what you have there for disposal fees for oil and such but diesel engines can take 5 gallons on a change. Most cars take 4-5 quarts.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:42 PM   #26
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A little update:

After weeks of searching I finally found 6 campings close enough to my job to feel comfortable traveling.
Next week I plan to visit each one of them to see if they can accommodate a 40feet camper.
In my country most campers or RV's are no longer then 23feet, so having one almost twice that size can be a problem since the layout of most campings can't handle them.

Wish me luck next week, I really hope I can find a place!
If I find a place to live in it, my next step is to sell all my racing stuff.
After selling it I hope to have enough budget to start shopping.
I changed my plans a little bit, instead of a dognose it will be a Crown Coach from 1987 or older.

1987 or younger will cost 350,- a month roadtax
1987 or older will be 120,- a year.
1974 or older will be tax free.

Can anybody tell me about what the difference will be between a 1987 and a 1974 Crown Coach?
Are they verry much the same, or totally different?
What can I expect for maintenance?
Is it like a car, oil and oli filter, aircleaner and just checking the overall condition?
Or is there a lot more to it?
I also have no idea where to buy maintenance parts? Any advice?

Kind regards Bryce.
I'd imagine a 74 Crown would be the same as an 87. Only "seasoned" a bit more, perhaps.
Maintenance is like any vehicle. Only much MUCH bigger.
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:00 PM   #27
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There are no disposal fees in The Netherlands for citizens anymore.
Business's may still have to pay but I'm not sure.

Any idea where I can order maintenance parts from EastCoast?
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:45 PM   #28
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Not exactly, but shouldn't be any more difficult than any other bus.
The basic maintenance stuff should be fairly easy to locate.
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