Hello All, We recently imported a 2003 Travel Trailer into the USA via the Lyndon, Washington crossing as that was closest to the seller and most expedient. we live in the greater Seattle metro.
We found a lot of information throughout this and other sites that just did not conform to what US Customs truly wanted as of January of 2020 when we imported our trailer. We contacted our state DMV and asked what they needed from us in order to transfer title
and register the RV. They stated they needed a US Customs clearance. We drove to the crossing and asked what they needed from us in order to give us that form and allow the trailer into the US.
Customs wanted to see a bill of sale showing the VIN
(preferably notarized which we did by going to a Canadian DMV office and having the sale transaction paperwork notarized and getting our new license
plates. The VIN
needed to be affixed to the RV and supplied by the manufacturer (ours was made of a paper product in a small poster form and glued to the interior bathroom closet wall). Since the trailer was built to Canadian Safety Specifications, customs needed a letter from the manufacturer stating the trailer with same VIN
number met USDOT safety standards. The VIN was not imprinted into the RV anywhere on metal or the frame. It was only affixed to the interior closet wall and along with the VIN, the GVWR and other information was posted..
The border crossing folks at Lyndon, Washington matched the letter to the release of interest letter (sales letter showing VIN number) the VIN on the title
and the poster glued to the interior bathroom closet wall which showed the serial number, date of manufacture, GVW, axle weight
, etc. Each RV will have different places where the serial number is located. If there is no VIN number anywhere on the RV then they cannot determine if the title
to the rv matches the RV. It took about half an hour to inspect the trailer and paperwork and we were done.
If the trailer is 20 years or older, it fall
under laws concerning vintage trailers which can be located on our Border Patrol website. This means it does not have to be DOT compliant but I am not familiar with what they would need with regards to at the VIN being locatable on the RV itself. You can also call or visit border patrol for information on importing an camping trailer that is twenty years old and older. Hope this helps. We did not purchase a molded fiberglass trailer so I am no longer going to participate in this site except to say, get the information straight from the horses mouth (US Customs) like we did.