Yes, the problem importing the trailer was a combination of COVID and a private sale. If I had purchased from the factory, they would have done the paperwork, charged me less than $200 and brought it across the border (Sumas, WA is about 30 miles from the factory).
Right now, only commercial traffic is allowed across the border, hence about $1100 in fees to hire a broker and a commercial trucker to drive it to Sumas (from a private seller about 3 miles from the border). The broker made a typo in the VIN
, the trucker wasn't familiar with the forms he needed and didn't bring them all with him, and the state of NC has their own litany of forms required to register the thing, but it all has ended well--at least as far as I have driven it (Montana). I hope to be home in a week.
The customs agents were really great. They insisted it be done right but also made it clear they would help any way they could. The broker did correct the forms problem quickly but the whole process still took about 2.5 anxious hours at the border. And yes, I look forward to many happy hours in my new girl.
And I will also join the Escape forum, tho I will not leave you all, you've been way too much help as I've learned my new hobby.
I keep a blog of my travels for the family that sold
me the Scamp. You can follow the details at almostintrepid.blogspot.com