How to Buy a Camper that's in Canada? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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I've noticed that there are often fairly good deals on Bolers and Trilliums up in Canada. Has anyone here in the States bought a camper up there? What's involved in terms of title, registration, crossing the border, etc.? (I tried a search and didn't have much luck. I apologize if this is an overworked topic.)
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
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What's involved in terms of title, registration, crossing the border, etc.? (I tried a search and didn't have much luck.)
Pamela,
Try a search for "importing" in all forums.
It will give 2 pages of results. From there you can find threads on importing from Canada to the USA. Most seem to be the other way around ... I can tell you all about that.

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Old 04-30-2008, 01:30 PM   #3
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Along with Roy's suggestion here's a topic:
Import from Canada, Buy in Canada bring to U.S.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:16 PM   #4
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I've noticed that there are often fairly good deals on Bolers and Trilliums up in Canada. Has anyone here in the States bought a camper up there? What's involved in terms of title, registration, crossing the border, etc.? (I tried a search and didn't have much luck. I apologize if this is an overworked topic.)
Hi Pamela,

I bought my Trillium in Surrey B.C. three years ago and brought it home to Seattle. It was overall a fairly simple and painless process. I had great communication with the seller (it helped that they were nice, knowledgeable and organized) before I went. Lots of emails, photos and a phone call or two. I knew in advance what kind of currency they preferred, what were my towing needs to bring it home that day (ball size needed, height from ground to coupler, electrical wiring type plug, all lights working, tire condition). Since I was pretty certain I was going to buy it before I went (unless of course they had really misrepresented it), the seller (at my request) had contacted their equivalent of the DMV/DOL and knew what to expect. They are open on Sundays BTW. Anyway, once I made the decision to purchase, she and I went to the Canadian DMV with a bill of sale, registration and my check book!!! It took about 30 minutes or so. They did charge me $25 or so for a one day permit. Can't exactly remember what that was for. Could have been the tags were expired. Went back, hooked up the trailer, checked all systems and headed out for the border.

My best piece of advice is to MAKE SURE YOU STOP AT THE LOO BEFORE GETTING IN LINE!!!! You may be there a while and there is no public restroom.

I admitted immediately that I had puchased the trailer, they orange carded me and sent me over to the office. They asked me a bunch of expected questions, went out and examined the trailer, couldn't find any sort of ID number and that seemed to bother them. They finally gave up, stamped my papers in triplicate and I was on my way. They are VERY SERIOUS at the border, no nice chat it up, it's all business. Overall, I would do it again and wouldn't be nearly as nervous the second time....oh, and I would stop at the potty before hand!!

Good Luck!
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Thanks for the responses and the information. I really appreciate it.!
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Re importing a camper from Canada to the US: I've done some searching, but still have questions. I talked with US customs and they said a Canadian made RV would be duty-free. And Canadian customs said they do not have a role in the export--they do not ask questions or record crossings. Canadian Vehicle Licensing Service said I would need a signed title and a bill of sale from the private seller, who would keep their own plates, and that I could bring a temporary transit license from my jurisdiction. I asked about paying taxes and they said I would pay taxes in my jurisdiction in the US when I registered and permanently licensed the RV. However, other people have mentioned getting a permit and paying the GST in Canada (and it looks like it is not longer refundable).

Any other recent experiences? I would rather not pay taxes twice if not necessary.
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However, other people have mentioned getting a permit and paying the GST in Canada (and it looks like it is not longer refundable).

Any other recent experiences? I would rather not pay taxes twice if not necessary.
You would only pay GST if buying from a manufacturer or dealer, anybody else had better have a GST # which must be on the bill of sale.

My understanding is that if you are from the US, and you pay it, when you fill out the right forms it is eventually refunded from the government. So you would only be paying the tax temporarily.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:40 AM   #8
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When we bought the Pearl from a family in Ontario a few years ago there were all sorts of conflicting requirements on the US end that seemed to be designed to discourage purchasing from Canada. This was additionally complicated because it was a travel trailer of that vintage.
So we asked the fellow to plan a short trip to the States and we met him at a rest stop on an Interstate in Pennsylvania. I gave him a check, he gave me a Trillium and when we got back to Miami all we had to do was send a title transfer request to the state of Florida.
Cost us about fifty bucks for the new title and we got to see Slippery Rock, PA as well.

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