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othorton



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RTT - Import from Australia - Advice

Hi All,

Hoping for a bit of advice please.

I've been flirting with the idea of a roof top tent set up for my D90 ever since I first bought it. I'd be looking to purchase a standard fold out RTT early next year for the 2020 summer and some larger road-trips I am planning. Looking online the price of these tents varies from what the forum members class as 'cheap Chinese' for around £500 off ebay, all the way up to the middle 4-figures. There have been a couple of second hand howling moon tents but even these are £700+.

I watch a fair amount of youtube videos of Australian overlanders (4x4 action etc), and these guys use a lot of Adventure Kings kit. Looking online at their rooftop tents, which appear to have decent reviews, the price is AU$649. Using a conservative GBPAUD exchange rate of 1.8, that makes this tent ~£360; obviously far cheaper than even the cheap tat imported from the far-east.

https://au.adventurekings.com/camping-and-...-tent.html

The questions I have are as follows and would appreciate if anyone has any insights:

Firstly, has anyone had any experience with adventure kings kit?
Secondly, assuming the shipping costs were less than the differential between the above linked tent and, say, a howling moon second hand at £700, are there any significant issues you could envisage with buying and importing it into England?

Thanks in advance,

Oliver

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kmac



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You would have to pay customs charge and VAT on top of that price

Also I believe the Adventure Kings stuff is made in the far east also, but I'm not 100% sure about this. It is certainly considered a "budget" brand.

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Not only a customs fee, Vat but duty too - usually about 5%

Freight from the farthest part of the planet not exactly cheap either lol.

Unless your brining in a container load of them.

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othorton



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Thanks both for your answers chaps. From your replies I'm getting the feeling that it's not worth it!

Back to the drawing board.

Oliver

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If you work on approx +25% on top of the price you pay that is about what you have to pay in duty / VAT

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Or you could wait till a Brexited UK negotiates a trade deal with Australia Smile

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I've been looking at this myself but haven't found any supplier that will ship the kings stuff abroad.

At the end of the day, at their prices and reading Ozzy forums, its all cheap chinese stuff so your better off cutting out the middle man and taking a punt on Alibaba

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Sales pitch alert!!

We can sort imports and all the vat and duty or you if you source any products abroad.

You just need a co operative exporter / seller.

Cheers.

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In all fairness, much beyond the shipping charges, even estimating 25% in import duty/vat and a low GBPAUD rate, that still puts the price at £450. Whilst I imagine you'd get very little change out £150-200 for shipping, that still seems like an alright deal.

I might have a word with you in the new year Dave to see if something can be worked out.

Thanks,

Oliver

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I've been looking at Darche awnings also made in Australia (but available in UK). My only concern is the Australian climate is very different to the UK so wonder if prodcuts designed for Australia's will be ok in our wet weather? James
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4x4 Action are sponsored to promote Adventure Kings, which is why their products feature so prominently. I don’t believe the brand is seen as particularly special in Oz. 2007 110 TDCi Station Wagon XS

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othorton



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The power of product placement I suppose!

JOW I did think the same - UK and European weather is a far throw from the AU climate. I'd be thinking more about wet and windy - I guess the same for the awning.

It just seems to me that a lot of these products produced in Aus or ZA would be reasonably priced over there but over here almost prohibitively expensive. The front runner fold out is now £950!!

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Last time I looked at adventure kings kit there was no shipping option outside Oz.

The kit rarely seems to get great reviews in terms of quality, but there's no doubting functionality per dollar spent looks good.

There are fridge slides etc that I wanted to buy, and some drawers etc, but have yet to come across a way to get them here as they say they won't ship abroad.

Would love to be proven wrong!

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