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Old 11-15-2010, 09:59 AM   #15
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I second the comments about Spokane Airstream. They are very good to work with and have a tremendous shop.

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Old 11-15-2010, 10:11 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by jillya View Post
what is involved in bringing a new RV up to Canadian Code does anyone know?
There are several issues I've heard only a little about -- gas line protection, axle capacity, electrical (?). There may be more.

LP lines under the trailer need a shielding around them. I think 2airishuman ran a photo mystery thread on Canadian differences once, but I can't find it.

Airstream switched new manufacture to Dexter axles and this generally has satisfied Canadian requirements for a higher level of axle capacity.

Electrical ... I don't remember what the difference might be in this area. Anybody know?

Other differences? Y'all come and post, y'hear?!

Consider the above a starting point only. I honestly don't know how these would be enforced if you were licensing a new Airstream from south of the border -- as this is the only practical point at which they could throw the enforcement issues at you. But definitely research this thoroughly. Is it still Karyn at Airstream of Spokane? Message them or call.

A thread on general import handling -- canada customs policy on buying airstream in states



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Old 11-15-2010, 10:48 AM   #17
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It is very easy to import a new or used trailer from the states.I have done this and so have friends.Check this site Registrar of Imported Vehicles for answers and if you have more questions send me a pm and I will give you my phone number and we can discuss.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:54 AM   #18
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If you are looking for a new AS the price difference Canada / USA is not as much as it once was. I think for after sales service its better to buy from your local dealer.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:38 PM   #19
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by jhenry View Post
My experience if buying in the USA is that you need all the proper paper work first and then what ever border crossing you choose.. you must send to the border crossing at least 48hrs ahead of your arrival, you will pay all taxes at that time but if you live in Alberta, you only pay GST. From Calgary as far as service goes... My choice is at Spokane Airstream! Unbelievable service and If you need parts Andy and his crew at Inland RV are the best!! they shipped to Canada by UPS and had no problems what so ever!!

I was told that the need to send paperwork to the border crossing 48hrs ahead only applied to motorized vehicles and not to trailers.

Not only that, I believe it is a requirement of the US border folks, not the Canadians. Seems to me that I also read that in the regulations and detailed importation instructions that I downloaded from the Can. Govt.

In any event, when we imported our trailer (with temporary Ohio tags), it was not an issue with the Canadian officers and we didn't stop at the US office!

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:38 AM   #21
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Hi, I ship RV's on a regular basis to international destinations. The border folks are notified of my entry 48 hrs in advance. The units that have the cert. of Origin with them are stamped. They also carry a certification of Canadian compliance for electrical, gas, etc... It's a really easy process for me as long as I have all of the paperwork in order. Shipping plated units (units owned by an individual) are easier to move... It is the same when I bring to ports for UK or European shipping.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:56 AM   #22
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I recently purchased a sprinter based RV from a Canadian manufacturer through a US dealer. When I started the procedure, we got a Canadian price list by mistake. The difference was considerably higher after comparing the US prices. Perhaps this only relates to motorized RV's, but my dealer said that Canadians looking to buy a new unit usually don't save much if any by purchasing a unit in the US.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:24 PM   #23
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Buy new in the US ( if you live near the border)

If you don't have a trade you can save up to 10 grand and more. We bought our 23 FB in Covington, Washington last year and saved $$$$. However, when it came to trading up to our 27FB, the Canadian tax laws changed and we would not get credit for our trade purchased in the states and so would have to pay the tax on the full amount, making the savings about 1/2. You would also have to consider that the dealer in Canada is not going out of his way to service your warranty, and we found that we where going back to Covington for warranty service.
All and all I would have bought again in the US if it wasn't for the Canadian tax laws, and you know who lobbied to change the laws here.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:39 AM   #24
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Apparently a RV dealer in Penticton is now carrying Airstreams: RV Dealer in Penticton BC | Airstream, Newmar, King Aire & Dutch Star RV's | New New 2013 & 2014 & Used | Midtown RV LTD.

We bought ours at Can-Am in London, Ontario, and since moving to BC we have had routine service appointments at the Airstream dealer in Spokane. Both were easy to deal with.

I'd be surprised if an Airstream dealer in Washington or Oregon couldn't help Canadians with the paper work to get their AS back across the border. A trailer is a lot easier and cheaper to get through customs than a motor home like an Interstate, however. Having the engine puts it in a different category. Also, Canadian customs has information on-line about importing stuff that should be helpful.

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