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Old 03-10-2015, 09:03 PM   #15
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Hmm, to my understanding trailer is NOT a motor vehicle.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:36 PM   #16
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:57 PM   #17
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It may be a motor vehicle or it may be an "accessory", but that is the rule that is followed for bringing a trailer in from Canada. Less that 25 years old, needs a DOT sticker, Older?, not defined/mentioned.


In many states the term "Vehicle" and "Motor Vehicle" is used interchangeaby. Otherwise, for example, how could the "California Motor Vehicle Code" also govern trailers.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:47 PM   #18
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John, our trailer is a 1987, but like I said, we did not get it in Canada, but in Oregon. We are the third owners and I don't know how it was originally imported into the US. We did look at trailers in Canada and talked by phone with both Customs Brokers (private enterpise folks who help other people import/export goods) and Customs Agents/Border Patrol Agents (federal employees). Both sources indicated that it would not be difficult to import a Bigfoot., but I don't remember specific details about what was required because in the end we didn't go that route.

I'll try to get a look at our trailer tomorrow to see what sort of stickers it might have on it. I do remember it has something, but not sure what.

Also , Bob Miller is correct. In WA state you can get an Enhanced Driver's License to use for going back and forth across the border. Cheaper than a passport. It's what I use!

Friends of ours bought a brand new Escape and I believe the company brought the trailer across the border to them in Blaine, WA.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:08 AM   #19
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Escape is bringing its trailers over at Sumas.

You can get a passport card, size of a driver's license, that is for border crossing, instead of a passport.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:51 PM   #20
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That BigFoot's nice. Thanks for joining John...it's great to have you here

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Old 03-11-2015, 05:17 PM   #21
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John, I found two affixed metal stickers or labels on our trailer. They are screwed on right next to the door.

One says: "This vehicle conforms to all applicable USA Federal motor vehicle safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture shown above." You can see the date of manufacture was May 13, 1987. Why a trailer is called a motor vehicle I can't say.

The other label is from Oregon State. It reads: "The manufacturer certifies that this unit is constructed in accordance with applicable Oregon Statutes covering plumbing, heating, and electrical installations in recreational vehicles." I don't know when this label was affixed to the trailer, but presumable when some previous owner imported it into the states.

Don't know if any of this info is helpful to you or pertinent to your case in that it sounds like you're looking for a newer model trailer. I'm presuming that this is the sort of thing that the border agents would look for upon importation to the states from Canada and I don't know if an older trailer like ours would be given more or less scrutiny. Good luck in your search!
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