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Question Regarding USA

Post by taipan821 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:45 pm

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I'm in the early stages of planning a touring setup to better explore Australia. One of my dreams is to take this vehicle and explore other continents. My vehicle choice is being limited to a light commercial 4x4 truck (Iveco Daily 4x4, Isuzu, Fuso Canter). So the question is simple. how common are these trucks in America?
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Post by Stercutus » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:12 pm

You see a fair number of the Mitsubishi's and Isuzu's. I don't recall seeing a Daily anywhere.
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Post by boskone » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:27 pm

I've never heard of Iveco at all, so I'm going to guess they're functionally unheard of here in the US.

I see enough Isuzu and Mitsubishi light duties that I wouldn't call them remarkable.

This is basically specific to Texas, though, and there's a lot of regional preferences in the US.

You should really check out the shipping and import costs and processes, though. It seems it's at least a couple grand or more each way just for shipping, and I have no idea how much regulatory overhead there might be. It might be worth it to buy something used here (or buy something and convert it yourself), then sell it once you're done. I mean, if it's $6k to import your vehicle, or $10k to buy something you can turn around and sell for at least $4k, it might be worth it just to avoid dealing with customs and whatnot. Dunno.

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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by taipan821 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:42 pm

I'm mainly looking to see how common they are. If they are common vehicles, it means parts would be readily available. Not intending to buy in US, but I want to narrow down vehicle choice
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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by RickOShea » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:00 pm

boskone wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:27 pm
You should really check out the shipping and import costs and processes, though. It seems it's at least a couple grand or more each way just for shipping, and I have no idea how much regulatory overhead there might be. It might be worth it to buy something used here (or buy something and convert it yourself), then sell it once you're done. I mean, if it's $6k to import your vehicle, or $10k to buy something you can turn around and sell for at least $4k, it might be worth it just to avoid dealing with customs and whatnot. Dunno.
Not to mention the extra hassle of having to drive around the U.S. with the steering wheel on the wrong side. :rofl:
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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:50 pm

Iveco's are very rare in the US. You are likely to see them as full sized passenger buses, if at all, nothing in the small delivery van size.

The web site Commercial Truck Trader lists almost 600 different Fuso Trucks for sale in the U.S., a few were Canters but none looked like the ones I remember from Japan.

The same one lists over 6000 Isuzu trucks.

There is a thriving grey market in Canada for my personal favorite the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear. I'd gladly give my right testicle for one since they are mostly decorative at my age.

Rather than asking us Yanks, I suggest you search the blogs and websites of other Diggers or the POMs to see which of them have toured the Western Hemisphere in their right hand drive car.

This family drove round the world in a truck, http://www.overlandingfamily.com/ see how it is labeled in the rear,

I'm sure the opposite applies for right hand drive trucks, you are just passing through afterall.

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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by taipan821 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:21 am

RickOShea wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:00 pm

Not to mention the extra hassle of having to drive around the U.S. with the steering wheel on the wrong side. :rofl:
No, Our steering wheel is on the right side :clap: you lot just drive on the wrong side.
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Post by NT2C » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:38 am

taipan821 wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:21 am
RickOShea wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:00 pm

Not to mention the extra hassle of having to drive around the U.S. with the steering wheel on the wrong side. :rofl:
No, Our steering wheel is on the right side :clap: you lot just drive on the wrong side.
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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by raptor » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:17 pm

Bringing a vehicle even temporarily into the US can be daunting unless it it approved for sale on the US. You reallly need to do some research based upon the individual vehicle.

The cost of transport is not the only reason you do not see many foreign registered vehicles in the US.

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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by NT2C » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:25 pm

raptor wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:17 pm
Bringing a vehicle even temporarily into the US can be daunting unless it it approved for sale on the US. You reallly need to do some research based upon the individual vehicle.

The cost of transport is not the only reason you do not see many foreign registered vehicles in the US.
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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by RonnyRonin » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:09 pm

I'd say Isuzu is far more common then Mitsu Fusos, but the caveat there is that a 4x4 Isuzu is virtually non-existent while almost half the fusos I see are 4x4, so for that particular variant going Mitsubishi might be wise. If 2wd is fine then Isuzu all the way. Ivecos are sweet, but I've never actually seen one in the US.
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Re: Question Regarding USA

Post by taipan821 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:46 am

RonnyRonin wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:09 pm
I'd say Isuzu is far more common then Mitsu Fusos, but the caveat there is that a 4x4 Isuzu is virtually non-existent while almost half the fusos I see are 4x4, so for that particular variant going Mitsubishi might be wise. If 2wd is fine then Isuzu all the way. Ivecos are sweet, but I've never actually seen one in the US.
Fuso also is the only one that offers 'Fire Spec': no power windows, no airbags, metal trim rather than plastic. i don't know if Isuzu offers something similar.

Also, My question has been answered, thank you everyone.
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