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windhorse

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Posted: 06/28/22 10:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

On the surface, shipping it doesn't sound like a very cost-effective option, but maybe if you provide us with some dollars & cents figures we can be somewhat more objective with our feedback.


We figure ballpark sale price in the US market for our truck camper is about $20,000.

A similar used rig with US plates can be purchased in South America for a similar price, from travellers who have driven down from USA and are eager to sell their camper after completing their trip, but the process of transfer of ownership, title etc from one foreign owner to another foreign buyer of a vehicle with only a temporary import permit (TIP) for tourism lacks transparency and is (to put it mildly) "complicated"

Hiring a similar rig in South America would most likely cost about $200 per day that adds up to about $36000 for 6 months - too much to be worthwhile

Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way

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wolfe10 wrote:

What countries are you interested in visiting? We really enjoyed our 6 week driving trip (rent car and Air B&B's in Chile)


Had not thought about this option. Any idea if it would be possible to visit other countries in south america in a car rented in Chile, or would we have to rent a separate car in each country we want to visit?

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windhorse wrote:

Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way


Wow!!! I was going to suggest shipping is likely much cheaper but when we checked into this a few years back we were finding prices around $1500 each way.


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valhalla360 wrote:

windhorse wrote:

Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way


Wow!!! I was going to suggest shipping is likely much cheaper but when we checked into this a few years back we were finding prices around $1500 each way.


Thanks for the heads up!

Deisel prices were also lower a few years ago (-: but not that much difference, so sounds like it may be worth my while delving into this a bit deeper to see if I can get a cheaper quote for shipping than the one I got that was $6500 from Tacoma to San Antonio in Chile for roll on/roll off (RORO) one way shipment in September plus about $1000 for additional expenses specified by the shipping company ( $440 docs and port fees, escort required for loading at US ports $50-$125 depending on the port, basic insurance, estimated import costs in Chile between $500-$1200 etc etc...

Baseline quote for shipping from Baltimore ($5,455) or Galveston ($4815) was about $1000 to $1700 less than $6500 to ship from Tacoma but nowhere close to prices around $1500 each way.

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windhorse wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

windhorse wrote:

Shipping looks like it will cost about $7500 each way


Wow!!! I was going to suggest shipping is likely much cheaper but when we checked into this a few years back we were finding prices around $1500 each way.


Thanks for the heads up!

Deisel prices were also lower a few years ago (-: but not that much difference, so sounds like it may be worth my while delving into this a bit deeper to see if I can get a cheaper quote for shipping than the one I got that was $6500 from Tacoma to San Antonio in Chile for roll on/roll off (RORO) one way shipment in September plus about $1000 for additional expenses specified by the shipping company ( $440 docs and port fees, escort required for loading at US ports $50-$125 depending on the port, basic insurance, estimated import costs in Chile between $500-$1200 etc etc...

Baseline quote for shipping from Baltimore ($5,455) or Galveston ($4815) was about $1000 to $1700 less than $6500 to ship from Tacoma but nowhere close to prices around $1500 each way.


This was a few years back, so my info may be out of date.

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