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Old 03-26-2017, 03:22 PM   #1
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Newbie bringing AS from London Ontario to US for the first time

Has anyone got any tips or information on bringing our Airstream over the border from Canada to the US. My wife is Canadian & the Airstream is registered in her name.
Canadian friends have offered to tow it down & meet us in Ohio.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:37 PM   #2
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If you happen to have NEXUS use the NEXUS lane (so long as everyone with you has it), it may be easier. I always use the nexus lane after I found out I could take the trailer through with it. Check the CBP website and make sure you don't have any foods that are prohibited. Basically I just avoid any fruites/vegies/etc and any unfrozen meat or meat that does not have Canadian origin. I've gone across both ways multiple times (incuding when I imported it) and never had any inspection.

https://help.cbp.gov
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:40 PM   #3
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I suggest going through Sarnia to Port Huron, rather than Windsor to Detroit.
More miles but well worth it to avoid congestion.
I-69 is a nice road with not much traffic.
I would take I-69 to Flint, then US-23 South to Ohio.
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Has anyone got any tips or information on bringing our Airstream over the border from Canada to the US. My wife is Canadian & the Airstream is registered in her name.
Canadian friends have offered to tow it down & meet us in Ohio.
Thanks for your help.


Any tips getting over the border towing the Airstream or if a friend or family is bringing it for you?
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:17 PM   #5
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It could be a big problem if what you're trying to do is get an Airstream into the US permanently without paying taxes.

The CBP are professional lie detectors and the plates on the trailer and TV belonging to different people would be enough to trigger a lot of difficult questions for the people bringing it down.

I would get in contact with the CBP to run it past them first. The very first question will be why you can't go across the border to get it yourself?

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Old 03-26-2017, 07:44 PM   #6
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It could be a big problem if what you're trying to do is get an Airstream into the US permanently without paying taxes.

The CBP are professional lie detectors and the plates on the trailer and TV belonging to different people would be enough to trigger a lot of difficult questions for the people bringing it down.

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Excuse my lack of information about it but We are trying to bring it to our home in Florida and yes live it in the US does it require to pay taxes on it ?
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Excuse my lack of information about it but We are trying to bring it to our home in Florida and yes live it in the US does it require to pay taxes on it ?


And we own a house in Canada and one in Florida too
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:54 PM   #8
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Excuse my lack of information about it but We are trying to bring it to our home in Florida and yes live it in the US does it require to pay taxes on it ?

You'll be importing the camper into the US and it's quite a process. The CBP website is your friend:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...-into-the-u.s.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:30 PM   #9
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My wife is Canadian. We brought her car here. Did not have any trouble registering here.
Why would it be any different than an A$.
Have tour friends tow it across as if they are on vacation.
When you get to Florida, take the title and registration to DMV.
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Pump the brakes everybody. Cyclistream, you need to be aware that if you bring a tangible good (an Airstream) into the US with the intent to sell, register it and / or keep it here permanently, you HAVE TO pay an import duty on it or prove it does not need to be paid. Since this was originally manufactured in the US, you can get around having to pay this duty but may have to get a hold of Airstream or your dealer to issue a statement to that affect.

Based on what you're said, your AS is titled, licensed and registered in Canada and you want to cross the border to visit the US with it. Nothing special to do there except have an answer to the question of how long you plan to stay here. There may be some timeframe you'd have to have it out by in order to avoid being accused of attempting to import it but I don't think there is. IF YOU'RE TRYING TO BRING IT HERE PERMANENTLY, and plan to register it in FL you may have problems transferring the title which I believe you must do in order to get a license plate. FL law gives you 90 days I believe in-state before you must register your motor vehicle (not sure if the same for trailer) which everyone exceeds by at least 6 months.

I would suggest you figure out your timeframe first. Then call CBP (they're actually quite helpful, just impatient and very bored sounding) and in a concise manner, tell them your intentions and ask what you need to do.
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:55 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your help
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I-75 south is closed in Detroit for construction you are in for a big congested detour southbound avoid it if you can.
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Old 03-27-2017, 05:36 AM   #14
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It might not be as difficult as some are saying. If its registered to your wife in Canada, when you get it to Florida it will be again titled to your wife you shouldn't have any problems.
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