Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

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Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:21 pm

Michiel Siegers on the Silk Route Network FB page is trying to bring over a truck as below...

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Can anyone recommend a good transporter to transport a truck from germany to the UK? I'm in the process of buying the base vehicle for my overland camper.
It's a magirus deutz 120-25 crash tender.
Any suggestions much appreciated.
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He is trying to join this forum, but may be having difficulties, so I said I will post the query for him, I hope this is OK.

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Driving Dutchman » Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:54 pm

Thanks Brian,

Much appreciated. Made it to the forum. 8-)
I'm exploring 2 options really. Getting it transported or driving it home. I have a quote for just over £1400 for transport .
Driving it home requires german Tüv ( between 250 and 500 euro) Which mens repainting the whole truck as this colour is not allowed to be used on a private vehicle in Germany. Getting temp plates and insurance.
But I've never done something like this. Some good advice from peeps who have done this before is much appreciated.

Cheers,

Michiel

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:09 pm

Hi Michiel, glad you made it over here! To be honest I did not expect you to get on here that quickly, as it can be a bit of a slow process for many, so glad it worked.

This is a good forum to be on, very knowledgeable members and above all, helpful and no bad attitudes!

It does not matter what you drive, or even if you don't have something to drive, here is the place to ask all those questions that crop up during a build, be it good, bad ore even ugly!

Welcome and if anyone has any info or advice, it will be found here.

Enjoy.

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby PeteB » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:17 pm

Driving Dutchman wrote: mens repainting the whole truck as this colour is not allowed to be used on a private vehicle in Germany.

Reassured to see it isn't just the UK that has some bizarre rules...

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby bromleyxphil » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:37 pm

Jonathan has recently driven a truck back so I will message him for his input.

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Ivan C » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:59 pm

Welcome :D
Cheapest way would be borrow a set of (uk)trade plates and drive.
Cost - freight fare on ferry, diesel and time. Guess at £800
For the difference I'd go with the £1400 transport quote and no worries.
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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:09 pm

Crouch charged me £1200 to collect a DAF from Glastonbury and drop it off near J31 of the M1...... I was not very impressed as they did actually forget to go get it!

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:32 am

I infer the truck is not currently tested.

UK trade plates are subject to tight controls and though they are often abused without consequence if it goes wrong, it goes very wrong.

Red and white - stop on sight!... is a mantra favoured by DVSA / police (when we had some, anyway).

The bottom line is that there is no easy, lawful way to get the vehicle back without either having a trade plate holder themselves assume responsibility - or have it transported.

It could just be driven back - people have got away with such things; which is OK until something goes wrong. You are then in the poop, only the depth of which varies.

The quote seems very reasonable.
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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby NeilandPat » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:18 am

Great question.

I have bought a vehicle back from Germany and it's either transporter or Export plates.

Not sure the .uk trade plates would suffice as they are simply about road tax so bit wouldn't avoid getting the TUV.

I am assuming it's an ex THW ( Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk) vehicle in blue.

I am very surprised about them not allowing it to remain in that colour.

The TUV is a standard TUV and not a specific one for export.

There are hundreds of privately owned ex THW vehicles on the road in Germany that are plated up and still blue. If you go to the camp ground at Bad Kissingen you will see many, some are also on ZOL, red temporary plates.

I had an issue with the TUV requiring an under in bar, which was incorrect. I argued it out and they conceded I didn't need it.

I personally would really question this colour aspect as I doubt it's correct , ask to see the actual regulation. Even find another TUV examiner.

Some very close friends of mine have exactly this type of ex THW vehicle and have not had any issues

https://www.ewaldontour.net/

Good luck and great vehicle by the way.

Neil

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Re: Transporting a truck from Germany to UK

Postby Brian-reynolds » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:37 am

I think it is still some sort of day-glo colour Neil.


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