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Old 03-13-2014, 05:41 PM   #11
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Hi Salsa03!

You have the trailer I would love to have of all we have seen but we don't have the vehicle to handle that and we have decided we are not buying anything new at this point. We drooled over that one in RV Canada last year when we saw it.

This will also be our first trailer purchase so are looking at some mid-range options as I have no desire for a tent trailer. I need solid walls
I settled on the first Travel Trailer we bought, in retrospect I wish we would have held off a little and bought the TV we needed and then bought the TT. For us within 2 years we upgrade TV and TT to what we initially wanted. That was a much more expensive way to go.

You don't mention what you are towing with, but the white hawk 25BHS has a lot of similarity to the BHBE but a lower weight.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:02 AM   #12
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I settled on the first Travel Trailer we bought, in retrospect I wish we would have held off a little and bought the TV we needed and then bought the TT. For us within 2 years we upgrade TV and TT to what we initially wanted. That was a much more expensive way to go.

You don't mention what you are towing with, but the white hawk 25BHS has a lot of similarity to the BHBE but a lower weight.
We expect to keep the truck another 4 years or so I figure. It is a 2006 Nissan Frontier SE (tow capacity 6100lbs...can't remember what the hitch allowance is right now). We don't put many KM on each year so even if we keep it another 4 years, it will then only have about 125K on it.

We figured with something like the BHBE, DH said he would potentially even be considering an F-250 for better towing.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:39 AM   #13
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You're right... I have a Sierra 1500...and I'm finding doing the math (dealer didn't have all the data when we bought it last August) that the tongue weight will have to be monitored closely....

A 2500 would be a better choice, but the truck is only 3yo and not even 35,000km on it...I don,t want to start thinking of changing it....
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:41 AM   #14
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BE aware that Canadian dealers are putting pressure on the govt to make it so RV's being imported into Canada, by individuals, have the CSA certification. when this starts happening it will add thousands to the cost...
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #15
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snip..... have the CSA certification. when this starts happening it will add thousands to the cost...
Jayco on many RV models presently offers "Canadian Standards" as an option for $200 to $300 depending on the model..., not sure how this option relates to CSA certification.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:47 PM   #16
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I am on imported trailer #3 right now and very happy with the process.

The savings can be quite significant depending on the unit and certainly worth the effort. I picked up my Premiere 375BHFS last summer in Michigan and based on what I was being quoted by dealers here in Alberta I saved likely in the ball park of $15,000 even after accounting for the expense of going to pick it up.

As mentioned previously when you cross the border you will pay the GST and PST if applicable but you will be paying it on the likely lower sales price you will have gotten in the states. Then there is the RIV process which costs around $200 if memory serves. Its a little bit of an inconvenience with having to get the inspection but on the three RV's I've imported its a very minor annoyance. On my second one actually I was able to do in en route during my return trip. The folks at RIV were quite accommodating and emailed me my 2nd form (you get form #1 at the border) required for inspection later on the same day I crossed the border. Pop into a Canadian Tire, ask them to print the form and voila....30 minutes later you are back on the road.

With the dollar being a little soft right now some of the savings have been eroded for sure so it will depend on the unit. In my experience you realize more benefit as the price of the unit increases. In my case the prices quoted were separated by over $18,000 so for me it was a no brainer. In fact when I got the spiel from the dealer about how importing was expensive and a pain in the backside I told him my previous history and asked him to do what he could do. I did not ask him to match price but I wanted to keep my business in Alberta and if he could make it more palatable for me I'd love to do business with him. He didn't even return my call.

Anyway, from my experience going stateside is awesome and the two dealers I have dealt with have been spectacular. Both are in Michigan and would deal with either again. I won't put their names here but if you want some contact coordinates PM me and I'd be happy to share.

Plus on another note.....you get to go on a nice road trip if you want. I drove from Fort McMurray to Michigan twice and loved it! Almost enough incentive for me to start looking a new floor plans again! Ha ha

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Sounds like Canadian dealers are betting on the fact that most customers won't look outside the immediate areas when they look for an RV. Maybe your dealers are a bit more greedy but the ones in the US aren't much better. To get the best deals, you should shop the on-line dealers. We live in Ky but purchased our White Hawk from RV Connections in Middlebury In [2 miles from the factory] and saved about $5000 over the best quote from area dealers. 2nd advantage is you can order exactly the options you want and the wait is usually 6 weeks for pickup.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:54 PM   #18
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I saved thousands on my trailer, by purchasing it in the U.S. It's not a CSA standards model. Bringing it back to Canada and licensing it was so easy, I cold hardly believe it. I took it to local dealer to have it checked out and no one even questioned the lack of CSA standard certification. The can dollar was worth more than the U.S. dollar at the time which also helped the decision. We are super happy with the tt.
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