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Old 01-12-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Buy new RV in Canada? Possible?

Buy new RV in Canada? Can a person buy a new or used RV (Trailer) in Canada and register it as a USA RV. Three reasons why I'm asking.

#1 The exchange rate at about $1 (US) to $1.40 (Canadian) is very favorable, at least right now.

#2 Having gone to the RV show last week, we really didn't see what we were looking for. 75% of the RV trailers were in the 32' to 37' length. We're looking more in the 26' to 30' range. Looking for a shorter unit with a build quality of at least a Winnebago unit. I know there are some US RV manufactures who don't ship east of the Mississippi.

#3 With a planned trip to AK. in June, we will take our RV's title with us, just in case we see a unit out west meeting what we are looking for. On the way back from AK. we are taking the Cassier down dumping us in Central / Southern BC. which has many RV dealers.
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You should be able to buy in Canada and register in the US. We can buy in the US and register in Canada so there must be a reciprocal agreement.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:34 PM   #3
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Northwood | Northwood Manufacturing Arctic Fox have a good name and rely well built by what I have read .
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If you are in the Okanogan Valley near Kelowna check into Enterprise RV Sales. They have a good inventory and are a quality dealer. Hoping you acquire want fits your wants.

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All our good used cars are being sold directly to US dealers, I would think it would be just as easy to import a trailer. You won't be charged sales tax if you export.

Kelowna has lots of dealers.
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If you are in the Okanogan Valley near Kelowna check into Enterprise RV Sales. They have a good inventory and are a quality dealer. Hoping you acquire want fits your wants.

DISAGREE....Enterprise has inventory but mostly motorhomes.
I would not recommend their service to anyone.
Unfortunately they are one of only two aquahot service places in BC.
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Arctic Fox have a good name and rely well built by what I have read .
Yes, they are on my bucket list to visit west of the Mississippi.

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was up there skiing years ago, and was surprised at all the dealers there.
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you will find no deal in Canada rv's are much higher here buy it in us
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It is all about the price point. Now days it is really easy to check prices. With the price of oil down there are lots of bargains to be had.
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I guess i fail to see where the exchange rate is going to help. The dealer in Canada still has to buy with US dollars, so his price in Canadian dollars is adjusted to match the exchange rate. You buy with US dollars and the price is back to same as the US dollar used by the dealer on initial purchase. Unless you have timed the exchange rate so it might have old stock bought before the the fall of the Canada dollar, it seems you will not have any benefit?
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We looked at RVs in Canada while on our way to Alaska. The prices were higher than in the US, even with the favorable exchange rate, the final price would have been close to what we would have paid in the US. The exchange rate was closer then, but I'd suspect the prices are even higher now.

There's also the matter of that RVIA seal, and it's Canadian equivalent, CRVA. I don't remember exactly, but an imported RV has to go through some type of inspection and they don't automatically accept the CRVA as the RVIA equivalent, even though the standards are almost identical.
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If RV you want is made in Canada, you can possibly save on the exchange rate. If it is made in the US, there will be no savings, and it will likely cost more in US dollars than if purchased in the US.
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The easiest way is to decide on a unit you would like and comparison shop. Just as prices vary by state there may be a better price in Canada if the manufacturers are regional pricing so units will sell.
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Current stock at Canadian dealers were delivered last fall, possibly ordered in summer at a more comparable US/CDN dollar.

Secondly we are starting into a down period here in Alberta (fall in oil prices) and RV dealers will be looking to make deals starting in spring, or even now.

I believe there will be good buying opportunities for people in the market for RVs in Alberta this spring. The exchange will help some until stock gets turned over and the new units are priced higher to compensate for low exchange rate.

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