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Old 11-14-2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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From Canada and am not sure if it is ok to buy across the border. Has anyone had experience with the dealer in Portland?
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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We bought ours used in Alberta, but considered new in Eugene Or. They were really nice to deal with. We know a few people from Vancouver who have bought at George Sutton. There is no tax in Oregon, so you shouldn't have to pay more tax than you would buying at Travelland. They usually have one of everything at Suttons too... With the par $ I would see who will give the best after purchase service. If you don't often go through Oregon, servicing at Travelland might be less pleasant with a trailer bought in the US. (Shouldn't be though!)
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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for sure we will never go back across the border for service so should that make a big difference to us?

There is portland airstream and George Sutton does anyone know about Portland?
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:30 PM   #4
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There is also an Airstream dealer in Spokane, WA. But, we bought our 27FB Classic Limited from George Sutton in Eugene. George Sutton is one of the largest Airstream dealers in the country.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:31 PM   #5
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did you have a good experience? did you have to go across the border?
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:17 PM   #6
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jillya,

Welcome to airforums.com. I wish you the best of luck with your search for an Airstream!

I'm not sure if you are asking about importing a trailer from the US, or information on dealing with a specific dealer.

The following are links to others' experiences in regards to importing into Canada.

In there, people mention that GST was payable, so I'm going to imagine the HST is now payable.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f343...ada-27563.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f343...tes-19581.html
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:42 PM   #7
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From Canada and am not sure if it is ok to buy across the border. Has anyone had experience with the dealer in Portland?
Presume you mean buying an RV?


Can't help with your query about Portland, but we bought our AS from a nearby dealer in Ohio.

I'm quite sure we saved $$, but our main reason for buying there was that we wanted a reasonably new AS trailer, and after a few months of looking, just couldn't find what we wanted near our home n Canada.

The importation procedure was a breeze. Just check the Revenue Canada website and be sure you get all the paperwork to comply with their requirements.

For example, there is a requirement that you obtain a letter from the manufacturer stating that there are no outstanding recalls on your unit.

You need to pay an inspection fee of about $200 at the border in addition to PST/GST in order to enter Canada.

Once in Canada, then with the paperwork you were given at the border, you must take the trailer to a Canadian Tore store within ?? days for inspection.
(This is what the $200 fee is for.)

Unlikely they will find anything that needs to be done - they will sign off the paperwork, then you can go to the license bureau to get your registration & plates.

I was a bit nervous as I had not gone thru the process before, but it is pretty straightforward. We had no problems.

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Importing a used RV seems to be a different matter. But importing a new -- it probably needs to be spec'ed to Canadian code. Any Airstream dealer below the border should be able to deal with the factory to get what is required for Canada. Be sure & bring this up in your dealings with them.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:37 PM   #9
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:13 PM   #10
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what is involved in bringing a new RV up to Canadian Code does anyone know?
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:26 PM   #11
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I have some experience with the Portland Airstream shop. Great group, friendly and service department (parts for my 75 Sovereign) is well acquainted with Airstreams.
If I were buying new that is where I would start looking.
Good Luck and I hope you find just the right one for you.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:08 AM   #12
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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!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:19 AM   #13
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The dealership in Portland is fairly new, so you may not get many responses on using them. Not to say they aren't just fine, it's just that the other dealers mentioned have been around a lot longer so more people are familiar with them.
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If you are considering buying int he USA, I would seriously consider AS of Spokane. They are good in every way. They understand customer service.
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