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Old 03-21-2015, 07:20 PM   #1
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Buying a new TT or 5th wheel in US and exporting to Canada

There maybe many owners that consider upgrading to a new unit or are new to RV lifestyle that are from Canada. Many are attracted to buying in the US but are concerned the process may be to difficult or expensive. Recently I bought a new Columbus 320 RS and brought back to Alberta. For those out there that want to be reassured on the process, I would be happy to share my experience. The process may be similar for US owners looking to take advantage of the strong US dollar versus the weak Canadian dollar.


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Old 03-21-2015, 11:48 PM   #2
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There maybe many owners that consider upgrading to a new unit or are new to RV lifestyle that are from Canada. Many are attracted to buying in the US but are concerned the process may be to difficult or expensive. Recently I bought a new Columbus 320 RS and brought back to Alberta. For those out there that want to be reassured on the process, I would be happy to share my experience. The process may be similar for US owners looking to take advantage of the strong US dollar versus the weak Canadian dollar.


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I have done it twice myself, and many many many members in here have as well...It's pretty easy, almost as easy as buying a pair of shoes. With today's exchange on the money, not so sure it's worth it right now. And for the life of me....can't see why a US citizen would want to come up and buy in Canada, even with their stronger dollar. There is a reason why Canadians have gone to the US to buy, it's because the Canadian dealers charge a lot more...plus the Canadian dealers are buying them from the US manufacturer and paying in US dollars, so the increased exchange they are having to pay is passed directly on to you the consumer...there is no way an American is getting a better deal up here in Canada then what they can get in their own country.
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There are a number of Midwest RV dealers, like RVW, that specialize in selling to Canadians.
they are experienced and will help you with your questions.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:18 AM   #4
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Exporting a RV to Canada

Thankyou for your comments, I worked with RV Wholesalers who took care of all the documentation to get across the border. When I arrived at Canada Customs, the process took 20 minutes and I was on my way.
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Thankyou for your comments, I worked with RV Wholesalers who took care of all the documentation to get across the border. When I arrived at Canada Customs, the process took 20 minutes and I was on my way.
Certainly wasn't that simple of a process when we imported our first in 2007, but was much more simplified and routine when we imported one in 2010.


As already mentioned that with the current poor exchange rate, it will act as further incentive for Canadian dealers not to discount much off MSRP.

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I have done it twice myself, and many many many members in here have as well...It's pretty easy, almost as easy as buying a pair of shoes. With today's exchange on the money, not so sure it's worth it right now. And for the life of me....can't see why a US citizen would want to come up and buy in Canada, even with their stronger dollar. There is a reason why Canadians have gone to the US to buy, it's because the Canadian dealers charge a lot more...plus the Canadian dealers are buying them from the US manufacturer and paying in US dollars, so the increased exchange they are having to pay is passed directly on to you the consumer...there is no way an American is getting a better deal up here in Canada then what they can get in their own country.
That is not quite the truth! They have changed the export and import laws as of May 11/2014 Everybody who wants to trade in or buy in USA need a commercial broker now. Those of you want to trade their TT or motor home in USA need to have HS7 form before you attempt to cross the border. Only Commercial agent can import your TT into the US. Same as when you coming back with new one. Lots of paperwork. Free trade is ended as private owners use to deal with this issue. If you trade in your unit in US also you will not get back your GST difference. Think twice before you go for it.
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That is not quite the truth! They have changed the export and import laws as of May 11/2014 Everybody who wants to trade in or buy in USA need a commercial broker now. Those of you want to trade their TT or motor home in USA need to have HS7 form before you attempt to cross the border. Only Commercial agent can import your TT into the US. Same as when you coming back with new one. Lots of paperwork. Free trade is ended as private owners use to deal with this issue. If you trade in your unit in US also you will not get back your GST difference. Think twice before you go for it.
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Are you saying that the OP did not do as he said he did? The reason I asked is because he did not mention trading his old unit and neither has anyone else, I have looked into buying in the US and everything I have been told backs up what the OP said.
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Are you saying that the OP did not do as he said he did? The reason I asked is because he did not mention trading his old unit and neither has anyone else, I have looked into buying in the US and everything I have been told backs up what the OP said.
You will need to have a commercial bonded broker to import your TT or your motor home into Canada. Period!!! I have not read all his post ... sorry. But not as easy as it use to be. I just bought my motor home in Texas and it was not easy. If you need more info PM me.
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This seems to cover any question on it...

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This seems to cover any question on it...

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