There have been many discussions about the process of buying and importing a trailer from Canada. In August I went over the border to buy a 1977 Triple E Surfside
14'. Here is what I learned:
Anything over 25 years old is easy and free to import.
The things you need to know
You do not need to declare cash going over the border as long as it is less than $10000.
Go to a licensing agency and get temporary tabs for the road home.( in Canada the plates do not stay with the trailer)
Make sure you have the proper towing set up or bring some trailer lights
to insure safety on the road.
Bring passport and license
and information about the trailer manufacturer. Even if outdated.
When you come back through the crossing you will have to go in to the import office and have them give you new papers to take to the licensing office.
The sellers sales price will be put on your documentation and will be seen by the licensing agency of your state. You will have to pay sales tax if applicable.
I left Seattle at 7 am and was back in the states at 130 pm after buying and picking up the trailer in Surrey. It took me about 1.5 hours to get through the border.
I plan to do this again as I would love to have a Trillium
at some point!
Hope this is useful to those looking