Everyone who notices the European country flags on the left side of Tulip asks about it and when I tell them that we shipped Tulip to Europe the first question always, without fail, is how much did that cost.
It was roughly $2800 to ship our RV from Jacksonville, Florida to Zeebrugge, Belgium. The amount is calculated based upon cubic feet so every inch makes a difference.
The return to Halifax, Nova Scotia was about $3800. We could have saved a little by shipping Tulip back to the U.S. but we learned that Europeans always ship to Halifax because it is totally hassle free as opposed to jumping through U.S. Customs and Homeland Security hoops. And it was. We also had nothing stolen as opposed to shipping from Jacksonville where even the shower head attachment was removed from the wall.
Then you have to factor in transportation to the port, to Europe, and the return. It adds up but I would do it again if Steve agreed to go and I get healthier.
We often get asked “wouldn’t it have been cheaper to rent an RV?” Yes, if we were going for a few weeks but we stayed about 5 months. For instance, I have been checking on prices to rent an RV in New Zealand (should our house sell this summer) and it’s $10,000 for just six weeks. That’s just preliminary research with one company so hopefully something else better is available and for a longer period of time.
Now you know.