Buying an RV Campervan in USA as a Foreigner

Buying an RV Campervan in USA as a Foreigner

Buying an RV in USA – Harder Than We Thought

We recently decided to buy an RV / campervan in the USA to use as a holiday home, rather than the expensive alternatives of renting or shipping our camper that is currently in the UK.
Our friends Eric & Allison from @The Endless Adventure have been helping us out, using their expertise, and taking us RV shopping around Texas. In this travel vlog we test drive their recently renovated vintage RV, Clemintine, before checking out a couple of campers for sale in the area.
This was such a wonderful and exciting start to van life in the USA.. until we hit a problem. Buying a vehicle in the USA as a foreigner turned out to be much harder than we first thought.

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  1. Terry Flint on August 27, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Don’t buy it. It will go up in flames if you buy it!

  2. Walking Withme on August 27, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Nice video👍 I from indonesia🇮🇩

  3. Ian Langridge on August 27, 2022 at 5:22 am

    By the way, have you responded to me on telegram? Just checking if the messages are legit

  4. Warren’s Corner on August 27, 2022 at 5:24 am

    I love that van! I’m watching after seeing what happened to Frank. Such a shame to see it destroyed like that. You guys are so lucky that you walked away unscathed. Well, physically anyway. You will recover emotionally in due time and come back stronger than ever.

  5. Music City Gig Hustler on August 27, 2022 at 5:25 am

    I am glad I found your channel! Love the trips and adventures..New subscriber here so I can go along with ya’ll..Be safe

  6. Jacqueline Marie on August 27, 2022 at 5:25 am

    only buy if it is certified by a mechanic

  7. Brad Cue Walker on August 27, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Well here’s my 2nd video of yours I’ve seen. Knowing what would soon happen to this van made it more of a horror story. And to top it off, he said “austin, here we come!” Y’all we’re in my town when it happened. Crazy. Again. Please come visit us again.

  8. P R on August 27, 2022 at 5:27 am


  9. Loem ly video on August 27, 2022 at 5:28 am

    hello everyone

  10. Chris Shepard on August 27, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Next time make sure to get a 5 point inspection before handing over any money.

  11. Matthew Bisland on August 27, 2022 at 5:29 am

    That is why the world needs Bitcoin!

  12. Ejan on August 27, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Hi 👋😊
    I from Malaysia 🇲🇾 Kuala Lumpur fan’s watching
    First time follow your YouTube channel
    Take care 😚 and enjoy your camping trip.. great campervan

  13. Marcus Lynch on August 27, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Glad you two are OK. Abit disappointed that Alex saved his own skin and didn’t wait for/help Emma to get out of the van before fleeing. I hope you two get a safe new one. The guys that serviced it did a bad job.

  14. bearripper on August 27, 2022 at 5:33 am

    Oooof poor frank

  15. Pat Daly on August 27, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Hi Alex and Emma. Lovely to see you both safe and well. Looking forward to your future van life. Thank you for sharing. Van folks since 2019 love it Geraldine and Pat north shropshire

  16. bindiroo on August 27, 2022 at 5:35 am


  17. Kim Rayner on August 27, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Thank you Joe I really am still enjoying your videos , you are a very important part of my life , congratulations again on 10 years
    Bless you Joe

  18. Helen Stratigos on August 27, 2022 at 5:35 am

    “A bit of a faff…” Oh lawd I love you two! Thoroughly enjoying your serene videos of the English countryside. Will be following your US adventures as well. Good luck – crack on! 😄 Looking forward to visiting London in the fall, btw! ❤️

  19. Barry Mac EV on August 27, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Guys , I have just chose. A random nod, cos I can’t work out how to send a message on my screen in my shed via Alexa ! Love you guys , you’re feckin bonkers !! (Feckin is an Irish word ) Loving you’re work, keep it up x

  20. gavin jackson on August 27, 2022 at 5:40 am

    i was some years ago paid for something with an Australian cheque while living in the UK. Easy to cash right, well no, I tuck the cheque to both of the banks I have accounts with, next I asked at the post office, I asked at a number of other banks offering to open an account with them, I even tried one of these high street international money transferring company’s, no one would touch it
    It turned out later that the cheque, when someone would deal with it, had to travel from the UK back and forth to Australia a couple of times (3 weeks each way) lots of paperwork, and so much in fees that it would have been far more expensive to cash than the cheque was worth!
    Who said world banking was easy, cash is still king.

  21. Ian Langridge on August 27, 2022 at 5:41 am

    FANTASTIC van name. Great to know I was one of your subs who thought of the name for the van. Remember this she only went up in… flames……once!!!! Well done lets sit back and enjoy the yourney!!

  22. Teo on August 27, 2022 at 5:43 am

    Yes, I´m new to the channel. Subscribed. Immediately, I heard "new" & not nu. Brit pronunciation. Well, I left Argentina & the american continent in 2021. I´ll see.
    Ppl is very friendly, but…. Beware if you see graffities & bars on windows. It´s a very expensive decoration, you can even watch Google Earth or Streetview for trip planning.
    Landscapes are really beautiful, ppl in general is nice, but robbery exists. ¡stay safe! Greetings from Coimbra-Calhabé in Portugal

  23. Joe Zyzyx on August 27, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Wow, that FORD is a HOT Buy! 😉 $7500, up in smoke.

  24. Going Grays on August 27, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Maximum Bigness! 😂😂

  25. Robert Kollar on August 27, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Please Check out Vixen SE 21 they’re "RARE" or the Vixen TD 21 these are my favorites

  26. Bhojon Roshik on August 27, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Nice 👌🙏👍🌹♥️

  27. Kim Rayner on August 27, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Congratulations Joe on 10 years ,may you enjoy another 10years
    from Kim down under in Australia
    bless you Joe😇

  28. Pakde 87 channel on August 27, 2022 at 5:46 am

    New subcriber

  29. Giang Vlog on August 27, 2022 at 5:47 am

    quá tuyệt vời anh ơi

  30. Chris's Treasure Chest on August 27, 2022 at 5:49 am

    So glad you guys are in your new van……put a bucket of water outside the door and you can dip your feet in to get rid of the sand before you go in.

  31. Karen Baker on August 27, 2022 at 5:50 am

    Congratulations on finding a fabulous new van. So happy for you both, looking forward to seeing you on your road trip through the USA. 😊

  32. Douglas Cloud on August 27, 2022 at 5:51 am

    keep looking can you say water damage and rusted out under carriage plus 1977 chevy please don’t buy this huge hunk of dung, it’s not worth $3000

  33. Ohuo Hudson on August 27, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Can I make a request if posible in one week you have 2 or 3 content because I m so love all your content specially to. Your journey in us to buy campervan I hope so

  34. Teresa Qureshi on August 27, 2022 at 5:57 am

    I have to ask why didn’t you check prior on doing a international bank transfer. You have to get a BIC code from the bank and pay a fee. I’m also wondering how non residents can register ownership and obtain insurance??!

  35. Taylor James on August 27, 2022 at 5:59 am

    Excellent videos, guys. Looking forward to the next installment.

  36. Kovaction on August 27, 2022 at 6:00 am

    You two have managed to grow a big YT channel and I know you’ll pull out of this just fine with time. You walked (well ran) away alive so this is technically a 1st world problem. Chin up and press onward.

  37. Son Of Nun on August 27, 2022 at 6:00 am

    white America are a h0les 🤣🤣🤣

  38. Phearson 007 on August 27, 2022 at 6:02 am

    I can tell you guys are from my neck of the woods so I’ll be following with great interest. Good luck with your adventure 👍👍

  39. Tongkonan Buntupune on August 27, 2022 at 6:02 am

    I like your country I’m from Indonesia.. nice to meet you

  40. Susan Piele on August 27, 2022 at 6:06 am

    How could you find everything funny she giggles too much she laughs too much I’m glad she is in good mood nobody fine everything funny like she does

  41. Thano Life Journey on August 27, 2022 at 6:10 am

    To decision and do whatever you want to do together in life and love is amazing! Great…you have worked hard to innovate this caravan!!!

  42. Dwayne Dibley on August 27, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Wow😲do you guys ever work🤣I’m only jealous 🤣you both crack me up😉

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  45. Easy Cooking on August 27, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Very beautiful sharing excellent 👍👍💯 thank you for sharing stay happy stay healthy and connected please 💞💞

  46. Vive le boujee vagabond on August 27, 2022 at 6:15 am

    I have a bath I’ve been in a van since 2016

  47. Suko Kino on August 27, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Big mistake,,if is not a new motorhome you will be hurras

  48. Eng Mac on August 27, 2022 at 6:16 am

    lets keep travelling

  49. Steven Nelson on August 27, 2022 at 6:16 am

    On second thought maybe Logan is a better name. Michigan is the Wolverine State and Logan is the name of Wolverine caricature from the X-men comics and movies.

  50. Sean on August 27, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Having gone back and watched this for the first time (I jumped into your channel on a later video) I can understand why you were extra broken up about Frank getting incinerated. I mean, it was perfect for you guys, checking so many boxes. Minus the flamey death trap part. Wishing you well, finding something similar to continue your journey in North America

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