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Old 11-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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CSA standards / Importing travel trailer from U.S.

I'm hoping someone here could help me with some "correct" information regarding CSA certification. I purchased my trailer in the U.S. for such a good price that the thousands I saved should make up for any CSA problems I might come across, but I would like to know about issues before it surprises me. I've been doing internet searches and keep coming up with conflicting information. Has anyone here taken their non CSA trailer to a Canadian dealer for propane or electrical work? If so, any issues? If needed, can I get my 4 year old trailer CSA certified? Im hoping to keep this trailer for a long time...but if I decided to sell, will Canadian dealers take a trade or am I stuck selling it privately. I knew my trailer wasn't CSA certified when I purchase it, and I did some research. I could have even purchased a new trailer CSA certified in the U.S. for cheaper, but I found a used one for a great price. I recently came across this site from an Ontario dealer that started worrying me.

http://www.thehitchhouse.com/why-buy...an-dealers.htm

My local Jayco dealers were strongly advising me against purchasing in the U.S.for multiple reasons, even to say that they wouldn't do any work on it. They didn't specify what kind of work and made it sound like they just wouldn't look at a non CSA unit at all. I brough mine in for a seal check and no one even batted an eye that it was a U.S. non CSA model.


Any information would be appreciated, I'm hoping for some "correct" info.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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I would suggest the best place to get the straight scoop on this topic is to contact CanAm RV. They are an Airstream dealer near here and also have a few other brands. They are known for their honesty and straight shooting. They have been known to bring in used Airstreams from USA, and seem to know the ropes for what's required. Here is their web site;
http://www.canamrv.ca/
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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When we were looking the USA to buy a trailer, the local border dealers order all their trailers with CSA certification, because so many Canadians buy from them and bring them over the border. They do all the paperwork that you require at the border. All you have to do is pay the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies. I may have not been clear with my questions. I already imported the trailer...it was really easy. It now has the RIV decal with serial number and its insured. I'm just wondering about getting CSA certification now that I have it...or if its worth the bother. Thanks again! PS. I'm going to try Canam guys to see what they can tell me!
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If your insurance company didn't care, then I wouldn't worry about it. Usually they are the ones that are picky about that sort of thing. My guess is, that a lot of the equipment in the unit is already CSA (gas regulator, microwave, TV, stove, etc)
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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The importing of a rec. trailer that is not built to CSA standards can cost you more than money. I had considered this some time ago and did not go through with the plan. This should help you with your decision before you import and are compliant!. Phone the Registrar of Imported Vehicles at 1-888-848-8240. The web site is www.riv.ca!
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #7
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I spoke to a couple of friends who have U.S. non CSA tts. They mentioned that they had electrical and lp word done at CAnadian dealers with no problems. My favorite sarcastic remark one said: just look at all the carnage across North America the non CSA models have created. Point taken, maybe I shouldn't worry about it. Though I'm still interested if anyone here has ever had a CSA certification done after purchase.
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I believe any Canadian Tire store can do the inspection and give you a CSA sticker. Friends of ours bought a new trailer out of the US this past summer and had to take it to Canadian Tire to get their sticker. I believe it cost them $75.00.
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So you are saying that if someone from the USA, holidaying in Canada, goes to your dealer for repairs he wont work on them???? I would find a different dealer and stay away from that one... he was just protecting his wallet....
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So you are saying that if someone from the USA, holidaying in Canada, goes to your dealer for repairs he wont work on them???? I would find a different dealer and stay away from that one... he was just protecting his wallet....
Seann you are exactly right. Typical salesman tactic. I bought mine south of the border and would gladly drive it back down for service work if need be. The four thousand (minimum) I saved would pay for the little inconvenience.

If the OP has his heart set on having a little sticker that says CSA, then you should be able to have the small changes made for a nominal fee. As another poster mentioned MOST components on the american RV are already CSA standard. I believe there might be some small issue related to the propane hook up that needs upgrading, but not a big deal.

When its time to sell you would be further ahead to sell your RV on kijiji or other such classified, because like casinos, dealer always wins when you are trading in (better to have the cash, IMHO).
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