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Old 04-04-2007, 02:32 PM   #15
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Thanks, I have been watching the Auto trader.but am willing to do some work on an older one,if i can find one. Have you any idea what is involved with importing one from the States? Do we pay duty I wonder, will the electrics meet canadian standards or is that a non issue.I know importing boats got simpler after free trade.
I've done it a few times. Just pull up and tell them you bought the trailer. They will send you inside and do the paperwork for you. You pay GST on the reciept you show them, pick up a "form one" then pay PST when you register in Ontario. Trailer over 15 years has no duty. If asked, I's important that you tell them you bought the trailer from a stranger not someone you knew in advanced.
No inspection is needed for a licence in Ontario but the weight has to be on the previous registration or you will have to have it weighed.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:00 PM   #16
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O.K. Thanks, so you can get home without a trailer plate then?
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:20 PM   #17
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I would also recommend Can-Am in london, but be wary if you ask questions about their position that you can tow with a smaller vehicle in this forum. You will find that there are not too many fans of Can-Am and their theories on this site. Personally I would love to try it but have yet to convince MBH.

That being said there is a lot of good information and advice to be had.

I could be wrong but I don't think you would have a problem with the Savanah, especially if hooked up by the Can-Am experts.

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Old 04-04-2007, 06:32 PM   #18
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O.K Thanks for the head up
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:20 PM   #19
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O.K. Thanks, so you can get home without a trailer plate then?
There's no way to use a temparary plate to come over the border so I use whatever is on the trailer. One was a 84 from Wisconson. Nobody seems to notice expired plates on a trailer. The border dosen't look at the plate just the serial number.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:12 PM   #20
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Welcome! You really are my neighbour!

The Ontario RV Trader will have a lot more Airstreams in a month or so. There are very few advertised in the winter, but there are usually at least half a dozen listed at any time throughout the summer.

I bought my trailer east of Toronto, in Brighton.
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Welcome neighbour,

You will find this forum a vast treasure trove of information (most of it good, some not so good)
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:40 PM   #22
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Hi Albert. Having looked at some of the forums, I guess the frames are the most difficult items to repair. Do you think that Canadian units fare any worse than others? I cant see them being used when the salt is on the roads. Is the dealer in London the nearest to us?
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:47 PM   #23
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You will find this forum a vast treasure trove of information (most of it good, some not so good)
Hi Malcolm and Katalin
Thanks for the message. I keep my boat at LaSalle Burlington in the summer so we are down there pretty regularly. Are there any trailer dealers around there, the only one that i know is on Hwy 6 near the 403 junction.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:14 PM   #24
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Good day Yonner... We live very close to La Salle park and know the area well. There are RV dealers in the area but we usually make the 90 min drive to Can Am. They are an established Airstream dealer and towing specialists with a wealth of related information. It is worth the drive to London.
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:18 PM   #25
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Hi Albert. Having looked at some of the forums, I guess the frames are the most difficult items to repair. Do you think that Canadian units fare any worse than others? I cant see them being used when the salt is on the roads. Is the dealer in London the nearest to us?
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First, Can Am RV is the closest Airstream dealer; just over an hour west on the 401 - they're just north of the 401 on Hwy 4/Colonel Talbot Road. Very easy to find. They're controversial in some quarters, but I can't complain about the service and all the free knowledge I've gotten. They've also been an Airstream dealer since about 1971, so they know the vintage trailers as well as anyone.

Second, re: frame rust - I'm going to speculate a bit, based on what I've read and seen. We rarely see Airstreams on the road here in the winter, but I'd say that if they are washed well underneath before being put away, occasional exposure it probably not a big issue. It seems that significant frame rust (not just surface rust) is more a matter of moisture being retained (aggravated by the belly pan and floor insulation) throughout the year. I suspect that trailers kept in very humid climates, e.g. Florida, will fare worst over time. My trailer was sold new in Ottawa, but it has spent many winters in Texas and has been in Mexico. I haven't removed the belly pan, but the rear most frame member (a small channel section that the shell fastens to) is solid, and from reading Inland Andy's instructions for repairing rear separation, that member will often be in pieces when rear separation repairs are done. So I expect the frame on my trailer is in reasonable shape. However, I may be surprised in the future.

Minor frame repair (as opposed to a shell-off project) is probably not overly difficult, as long you have time, patience, and can do a bit of welding. Otherwise, it will cost money. Unfortunately, it is difficult to do complete inspections when buying a trailer.

Spend lots of time reading the forums now, before buying. Focus on axles, rear separation, the cost of replacing damaged panels and windows, clear coat refinishing and/or polishing, and floor rot. Look at a number of units before buying. Each one is a learning experience. I don't regret buying mine, it was a good value and very usable, but I missed a couple of things. And if you have specific questions, post on the forum or send me a PM. If you end up checking out something that's local, I may be able to have a look at it with you.
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Albert has some good tips.

When we got our 23 home and gave the frame the thumbs up the next thing I did was to spray the frame inside and out with the "Rust Check" solution. This keeps the moisture out and stops any further rusting from occuring. I will do this process every 5 years.
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In answer to the duty question: We bought a 1952 Royal Spartanette 35ft from the States. We had it brought over here on a flat bed because it wasn't tow worthy. The guy who brought it for us, was coming to visit anyway, and he had no issue at the border at that time. Once it was delivered we called the Customs and they sent a guy out to appraise the value of the trailer. He agreed with our purchase price and filled out the paperwork. All we had to pay was the PST/GST at customs, as there is no duty on trailers!! (Vintage ones anyway). Once we paid that charge, all we had to do was take it to the Ministry and get a license for her. Very simple, very easy, very painless.
Hope that helps......
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:05 AM   #28
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welcome.

I would strongly recommend going to see Doug aka Shacksman, just a short drive for you. He really knows his stuff and has a couple really nice units. He may even have one for sale.

As far as Canamrv goes they've gotten lots of my money. I'm about five minutes from them and know them quite well. Their towing theories are well thought out, tested, practiced and explained to you. I'd strongly advise you take the time to visit them, especially if you're interested in a new or late model unit.

Good luck with it all. Right now we're into winter and I know my family is missing our trailer, we even went out to visit her yesterday...
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