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Old 04-20-2017, 10:16 PM   #1
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Canada approved RV?

While looking at campers before buying the one we did, the dealer showed us one and it had a Canada Sticker on it and he said it was Canada approved. What has to be done to make a camper Canada approved?? In case we decide to camp in Canada.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:20 PM   #2
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Well first off...it doesn't need to be "Canada Approved " as you say to camp in Canada...people travel and do it all the time.
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Well first off...it doesn't need to be "Canada Approved " as you say to camp in Canada...people travel and do it all the time.
Thanks, I camped there in the early 2000's with noproblem, but thought maybe things changed.
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WHAT is Canada Approved RV

Canada Approved RV, strange term, is an RV that meets import/emissions/safety criteria to be sold in Canada. those of you from the U S of A can come visit with no problem, just no reselling of your unit without a inspection. (search RVDA canada)
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Perhaps it has more insulation underneath it for the cooler temps? Tank heaters? Emissions maybe?
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Perhaps it has more insulation underneath it for the cooler temps? Tank heaters?
Nope.

It simply means it meets recommended Canadian RV building codes.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:58 PM   #7
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RVs sold in Canada, must be CSA approved. It is an additional sticker, beside the the other sticker that shows which standards the RV was constructed to.

You do not need to have the CSA sticker traveling through and camping in Canada. If you purchase the RV in the USA, and the final destination is in Canada, then the RV needs to be CSA approved. You need to be absolutely clear with the dealer on that. From another thread I saw last year, it may be possible to get the CSA sticker with additional cost and documentation.

When I bought my trailer in Ohio last year, it was built in accordance with US standards, but did not comply with CSA requirements. I was having problems with the trailer shortly after I bought it, and was in Manitoba. I talked with the dealer and he told me to bring it it, 1200 miles from where I was, so that was not an option. He then told me to find a FR dealer nearby and see if they would work on it.

I found a FR dealer in Winnipeg, and discussed with him. He asked where I bought it, and I told him Ohio. He said he could not even have my RV on the lot, and he could not work on it as it would void the warranty.

Unless you have warranty work done by the dealer you bought it from, you are at the mercy of another FR dealer, and fitting it into their work flow, if they will even work on it at all. FR is pretty clear on their website it to work through your local dealer.

Quite an eye opener, and when I buy another RV, I will definitely discuss warranty work done by other dealers. Outdoor RV Manufacturing's warranty program is awesome, and they will work with you and getting work done at any of their dealers.
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Canada approved means it meets CSA(Canadian standards association) criteria for selling in Canada. Examples are the requirements for the propane and electrical wiring are different than the USA requirements. There will be a sticker on the RV indicating it meets these requirements for sale in Canada.
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