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Old 03-06-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Not sure if this info is already posted somewhere here. Whenever I order anything from the US, I always end up paying a small fortune in exchange rates, shipping fees and/or customs brokerage fees. Does anyone know any general RV supply shops in Ontario, or websites that ship from Canada.

The list of actual stores I've found things in so far include: Princess Auto, Canadian Tire, Walmart, and Home Depot/Rona, but they don't much in the way of specific RV parts.

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Old 03-06-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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Another thought. Do you have any good friends or family on this side of the border? Perhaps they could make the purchase(s) and ship the item(s) to you as a "gift." By pass all the hassles of purchasing direct from someone in the U.S.

hummmm, almost sounds like a cottage business in the making!
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:25 AM   #3
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Hi Kevin;
Fraserway RV is pretty good and prices aren't to bad!
http://www.fraserway.com/content.asp?nav=1...;cpid=7828&
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I forget the name but there is a large RV dealer at the corner of hwys 89 and the 400. Our little Boler looked awful small in the midst of his humoungous beasties but we found them friendly and they have a large parts showroom.
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I forget the name but there is a large RV dealer at the corner of hwys 89 and the 400. Our little Boler looked awful small in the midst of his humoungous beasties but we found them friendly and they have a large parts showroom.

That would be RV Warehouse
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:06 AM   #6
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... paying a small fortune in exchange rates, shipping fees and/or customs brokerage fees
Kevin

The first thing to do is by any mean NEVER involve Fedex and especially UPS in any purchase to the USA. Both companies are under many class actions for outrageous broker fees. I personally refuse to purchase if anything else than Canad Post or USPS is involved. Period. USPS and Canada Post will charge you a maximum of 5$ for normal purchase, sometimes nothing. It is as fast for comparable service.

You will for sure have to pay for exchange rates and GST and normal postal fees and according to my experience a big 5$ for custom broker fees. That"s it that's all. "Normally" with UPS you frequently end up with a a bill sometimes more expensive than what you buy!!!
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:12 AM   #7
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The first thing to do is by any mean NEVER involve Fedex and especially UPS in any purchase to the USA. Both companies are under many class actions for outrageous broker fees. I personally refuse to purchase if anything else than Canad Post or USPS is involved. Period. USPS and Canada Post will charge you a maximum of 5$ for normal purchase, sometimes nothing. It is as fast for comparable service.

You will for sure have to pay for exchange rates and GST and normal postal fees and according to my experience a big 5$ for custom broker fees. That"s it that's all. "Normally" with UPS you frequently end up with a a bill sometimes more expensive than what you buy!!!
You're absolutely right,Norm.I have a small home-based busines, selling hobby metal detectors, and last Spring, I decided to put a booth into a local Trade Show.I asked one of my factory suppliers for some promotional items, freebies to hand out to the public. The factory came thru' with a very generous package of goodies, and clearly marked "free, No Charge" on the invoice.Everything arrived in time,by FEDEX for my Show, and all was well.
Then, several months later, Fedex sent me an invoice for about $87, for brokerage fees, etc, based on their evaluation of over $100 for my "free" stuff clearly marked so, on my factory invoice.
Arguing with Fedex proved useless, and on the advice of a friend who had gone thru' the same rip-off routine with Fedex, I gave up and paid the bill.
Never again, will I allow any goods to come to me by these courier "vultures"
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:37 AM   #8
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Arguing with Fedex proved useless, and on the advice of a friend who had gone thru' the same rip-off routine with Fedex, I gave up and paid the bill.
Never again, will I allow any goods to come to me by these courier "vultures"
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I'm not disputing your right to be angry about what you think are absorbent charges, but I think you're comparing apples to oranges.

The postal service functions to deliver mail. Typically that's written communications, but also includes anything you can cram into a box (within legal limits) and weigh. The postal service doesn't automatically insure anything. If you want to be guaranteed delivery of an undamaged anything... you buy insurance. Nor is there any guarantee that you'll ever receive what you're mailing! Unless you pay for that too.

Package and freight carriers do not deliver postal mail, unless contracted through the postal service and that's to carry mail to a postal distribution center, not home delivery. Sending something through this carrier gives you a (minimum) guarantee your product will be delivered damage-free. Granted you have to file a claim, but it's part of the declared value of the product when shipping.

Then, you're dealing with two distinct countries and their governments, cost of doing business, and taxation. I'm not in the employ of FedEx or UPS. But am employed by a freight carrier incorporated in the U.S. that does business in Canada. I can't tell you specifics about what Canada charges my company to run our trucks down the Canadian highways, but I can tell you it's HUGE. All of these costs are then borne by the individual receiving a package. Even if you’re standing at the border and can see a FedEx/UPS distribution center 100 feet on the other side, as soon as a package crosses that border… all the expenses imposed by government entities are applied to the shipping cost. Postal services costs are borne by all tax payers in their respective countries, not by private industry.

Then there's customs to deal with. Actually there are fewer "packages" going by postal mail than by freight carrier, but proportionately there are more people employed to check mail for compliance than freight. Consequently you'll get your items faster and cheaper by mail.

Sorry this is long winded. Hope this explanation helps, even if it doesn't help with the costs!
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Joseph,
Many have had the couriers waive the brokerage fees by arguing that you never contracted with them to do the brokerage services. If you have not previously used them for brokerage, they are supposed to contact you first.

Kevin,
This link is a yellow pages .ca search for RV in Ontario

Most places use the GoRV service in the link Gord Provided.

Mantelli Trailer Sales in NY is good to work with. Depending on the size and weight, they will mail. For larger items, they will ship using other services. Considering they are not too far from the border a day trip to Buffalo for beer and wings or shopping at the outlet malls is always a good reason to cross border.
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Forgot to mention that most marine places sell stuff that works in our trailer.
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I used to live here. The people who own this place are nice folks. They have a great selection of parts.
http://www.snowypeaksrv.ca/
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That would be RV Warehouse
Thanks Carol Ann
Put that down to "Seniors Thinking"
Along the same line .......What is the name of the place in Orangeville? I had a great little catalog from them last year but it's gone with the memories.
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Hughes RV?
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:07 PM   #14
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Hey Kevin,
I use marine stores, lots in town here and some times hardware and other related parts can be used.

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