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Old 03-13-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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Buying in the US to bring into Canada

Hi all,
I am new here and we are looking at potentially buying a trailer from RV direct. We are new to the RV world so still doing research but are leaning towards an X213 right now.

I have tried searching but obviously my search words are not finding what I want so I am now posting.

Is there anyone from Ontario here who can help us out with what we need to do and extra pricing we have to consider if we buy a trailer in the US to bring back to Ontario, Canada?

If the Jayco's have the CSA certification, do we need to get them checked here again? What fees to we have to look at? Any prep for going through the border? I want to understand all this before plunging in and purchasing something that may not be a great savings if 'other' costs are added in.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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Hi ...from Ottawa also


Obviously you will have the taxes to pay once you cross the border, there might be some fees also, but I doubt it.

You will need to have all the paperwork from the dealer to prove ownership.

Really not sure for the rest!


Have you looked around, sometimes the prices (and costs involved) are not really worth it!
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:32 PM   #3
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I went across the border to buy mine new in 2011. At that time the CDN dollar was above USD, so it was a no brainer as far as savings.

It was very easy to do. The dealer and I had agreed on a price over the phone prior to me coming down so I was able to get a bank draft here for the total amount in USD.

Once down there and doing up the paper work I called the 1-800 # for vehicle licensing in our province and faxed them the paper work so they could issue a temporary license/insurance. That process took maybe one hour.

The dealer had the paper work done up for me to take to the border. When I got to the border I was asked if I had anything to declare to which I replied a few hundred in shopping and that travel trailer behind me.

Customs had me come inside with the paperwork (receipt) and I paid the $200 importation fee and the GST on the sale price. (No sales tax was charged from the dealer by the way).

Once you get home you just need to have Canadian Tire complete an inspection form and send that off which cost me around $30 maybe?

Then when you get your permanent registration/insurance for the trailer they will charge you the PST on the unit.

So basically it costs you about $250 maximum in extra fees to bring it across. There is no duty because it is made in North America (yay Free Trade). You pay your federal and provincial taxes here as you would if you bought it local, except you are paying tax on a potentially much lower purchase price.

Hope this answers your questions. I would buy another down there any day. The USA has a completely different attitude when it comes to the consumer and being competitive on price negotiation. Canadian dealers wouldn't even talk price with me over the phone and that's what sent me looking over the border, where I found customer is king. At least that was my experience. Just a quick internet search will show you many dealers (not just RV Direct) who post there prices and discount off MSRP on their sites. See if you can find local dealers doing the same. You should expect at least 30-35% off MSRP.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:44 PM   #4
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I went to many dealers here in Saskatchewan and looked at trailer....found two that I liked. I went home and called the US dealers RV direct was one of them and asked for their best price.

With our current level of the dollar being 89 cents or so. I factored that into the equation. Then I had the best price I could get south and went back to the dealers armed with this information. I bought my trailer at the RV show in town and had already started the negotiation dance for the floor plan I liked best. I knew the best price I could get in the US and when I got the dealers final price I paid $500 dollars more for the trailer then I would have if I bought at RV direct.....but when you consider gas and time needed to travel back and forth I was much better buying in Canada.

You live a lot closer to the big dealers then I do, but the above are considerations not to mention service etc. Unless it is substantial difference I would not bother. The 11% on the dollar was the killer. If our dollar was at par then it would have been worth it.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:59 PM   #5
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We were looking at a 2013 X213 that was more expensive here but it is now sold at RV Canada. They are asking me to look at the 2014 model which is listed for $26K (versus the $21K for the 2013 model they had). They said on top of that I have 'administration/predelivery/freight' is another $2549. And then the taxes on top of that.

I thought that buying from RV direct at a cost of 17.1K plus about ~$300 for their admin fee could still offset the trip since we are close since taxes are applicable no matter what.

I figured I might be able to get the local dealer down a bit so that would potentially help offset it and then I could support a Canadian dealer who is a 30 minute drive from us.

That $2.5K from the dealer seems hefty but maybe that is what all dealers here charge for those 'mandatory' fees?

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Hi ...from Ottawa also
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
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RV Canada is sometimes great on prices (if you are ready to negociated LONG with them),,,,but HORRIBLE on service afterwards.

I had bought my first TT there, didn't even go there for some servicing after warranty.


I bought my Jayco at Leisure Days in Gatineau, GREAT service, GREAT price.... I went back there 2-3 weeks ago and there recognized me and knew my name and the unit model I had bought...that's impressive... The salesperson that had sold me my TT at RV Canada didn't even recognize me 2 weeks after the sale!



The mandatory fees, they all have those, hard to get away from them, but I found that they often lower the price of the unit a lot more than they used to!
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After having travelled in a Kodiak 25QS for 5 years, we decided it was time to get something better... for our needs at least!
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Thanks for that info Salsa03. We will check them out as well. It is good to hear recommendations that are local since we don't have any point of reference for this at all!
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You not have to pay the normal Ontario taxes plus a $230 dollar fee at Canadian Tire for the RIV sticker. Also make sure there are no recalls on the trailer. Most US dealers now what paperwork you will need. The biggest issue with the low dollar right now is that you pay the taxes on the Canadian equivalent amount of what you paid at the dealer. I bought one in Michigan back in 2011 when our dollar was at par. Just watch out for warranty work. Some Canadian dealers won't help you out if you bought in the US. I just traded in my US purchased trailer and the Canadian dealer knocked me down $500 to get a TSSA inspection done so he could sell in Canada. Not sure on this but what I paid back in 2011 and what I got on trade it was all worth it
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