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Old 09-15-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Purchasing a Canadian RV?

I am thinking about getting a used camper from Canada. Has any American purchased a used camper in Canada and gotten it back to the states? Would you mind sharing your experience with the forum so I can learn from you? I am also, looking at possibly using Youship.com for delivery.
Anyone have any good/bad experiences with this group?
Thanks for any help/suggestions!!!!!
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:45 PM   #2
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Here is some info from the fiberglass-rv-4sale site:
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:31 PM   #3
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Look up "Canadian RV" in the Search dropdown on this site. Use the Google Search at the bottom of the dropdown. You will find several threads on the topic.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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I am thinking about getting a used camper from Canada. Has any American purchased a used camper in Canada and gotten it back to the states? Would you mind sharing your experience with the forum so I can learn from you? I am also, looking at possibly using Youship.com for delivery.
Anyone have any good/bad experiences with this group?
Thanks for any help/suggestions!!!!!
Several years ago I did import a 1973 Boler. As long as the unit is 25 years or older no problem importing it to the US. If less than 25 years old it is more difficult to do.
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Several years ago I did import a 1973 Boler. As long as the unit is 25 years or older no problem importing it to the US. If less than 25 years old it is more difficult to do.
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If the camper is less than 25 years old, do you know what extra work it would take to get it into the U.S.?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:47 AM   #6
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Did you visit the link in my earlier post (#2)? it pretty much lays out the requirements about the required DOT certification sticker.

Those without the sticker are really an individual case as to what is needed and how to get them certified.

BTW: The NEW BigFoot Company does not provide certification papers for earlier units.
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Check out the Escape Forum:
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If the camper is less than 25 years old, do you know what extra work it would take to get it into the U.S.?
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If it is younger than 25 years old. You will need to get it certified. You should call Escape Trailer Industries. They can tell you what would be required for import.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:46 PM   #9
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I have sold a newer trailer to folks in the States. As long as it has the DOT sticker or a letter from the manufacturer stating it meets DOT standards it is easy if you come and pick up.
As Chuck states if it doesn't have this you will have to get it certified. Also if you don't come and get It I believe you have to hire a broker to take over the border which is more complicated. Your best bet is to call the border crossing you will be using and ask them for up to date info.
Let us know how you make out.
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I have sold a newer trailer to folks in the States. As long as it has the DOT sticker or a letter from the manufacturer stating it meets DOT standards it is easy if you come and pick up.
As Chuck states if it doesn't have this you will have to get it certified. Also if you don't come and get It I believe you have to hire a broker to take over the border which is more complicated. Your best bet is to call the border crossing you will be using and ask them for up to date info.
Let us know how you make out.

Thank you for the information! Can you tell me the process of how to go about getting a DOT sticker in Canada, with out going to the manufacturer of the RV?
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What brand trailer are you planning to purchase? The Escape trailers have that certification sticker on them already. Others might also...if you reveal the brand perhaps current owners of that brand can provide some insight.
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What brand trailer are you planning to purchase? The Escape trailers have that certification sticker on them already. Others might also...if you reveal the brand perhaps current owners of that brand can provide some insight.
Fran,
I have been looking at three different brands; Trillium, Boler and Bigfoot. They all appear to be good campers. I am still reading about them and still getting information about them. I have looked at the Escapes, but they are a little out of my budget at present. But, you never know when the right one will pop up for sale.
Do you have any thoughts?
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Since classic Trilliums were last manufactured in 1981, they are all over 25 years old. The same is likely true for Bolers as well.

If Escapes are out of your budget, then most Recent Bigfoots will be too.

I don't think you have a problem.
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If you find something you like, ask the seller if the DOT sticker is still intact. They are usually on the left side towards the front.

I've yet to see a pic of one. Maybe one of our Canadian members can take a pic of one and post it and you can have a copy to forward to any sellers you may talk to.

Historically Canadian FGRV's for sale drop to next to none as soon as the snow flies, best be quick, or the season will be gone. I will be in southern BC and Alberta next month and, as always, I will keeping my eyes open for about a dozen early 17' BigFoots to bring back, all connected in one long train.

Do you survey the ads on fiberglass-RV-4sale.com?
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