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Old 11-09-2014, 02:53 AM   #1
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Found a good deal on a Diesel Pusher, but there's a catch, eh?

I recently looked at a 2004 itasca Horizons and really liked it. However, the seller was asking what I felt was too much, about 90K. There are more rigs out there that are comparable at about 10K less. Given that I really liked the coach, I started looking for others of the same brand. I've run across one for sale in Texas listed at 66K. Reading the fine print shows that the rig is registered in Canada. Keep in mind that it's being sold by a dealer. I have not yet contacted the dealer, but this is obviously not a situation where I'm going to blindly listen to a salesman. I looked online and found some information about importing cars from Canada, however, it seems like to me I wouldn't be importing it because it's already here. This is probably a strange request, but has anyone ever run into this type of scenario? Thanks for any advice or enlightenment.
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Be careful the odometer is not in kilometers. If so, it will have to be changed to miles and certified to be titled in the US.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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Our first motorhome was a 1978 Bendix that I bought used in Florida . It was a Canadian coach with the Speedo and odometer in kilo's . It was titled in FL with that speedo. Of course, things may have changed. as far as gauge equipment regulation.
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I assume the motorhome will have to be registered in the county/state where you live. I would call them and ask if there are any potential issues or red flags.

Also, I would assume the RV dealership, if this was a trade in, has the title in hand as they would be the ones to loose if there is a problem. I would ask for all the documentation they have and CarFax to confirm.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

All good advice so far but be aware that it's also possible that the dealer is selling it on consignment for the owner. They might not have the title in their possession at all.

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One of the jobs of dealers is to know and handle licensing issues. Call and ask them what is involved. Also check with you local vehicle licensing folks about how to handle the transaction. The last one's are the folks you will have to please in the end.
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Its not imported until it is titled here. Up till then, it is merely visiting rather than imported, and visiting vehicles do not have to meet federal & state safety and legal requirements.

Speedo/odo on kilometers is certainly ok in federal regs, but not sure what you might run into at the state level. Confusion, probably. If the forms require a certified odometer mileage statement, you may run into snafus because of the kms. However. I think most RV motorhome chassis will have slectable miles/km on the odo.
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Did you speak to the owner of the original rig you were looking at? Although he might be listing it at a higher price he might drop it....after all that only an asking price.....
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The odometer in my 04 Horizon is all electronic with a digital readout. It will switch from Kilometers to miles with the touch of a switch.
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Where was it built?

If us built it may be no issue as it is returning export.
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I recently looked at a 2004 itasca Horizons and really liked it. However, the seller was asking what I felt was too much, about 90K. There are more rigs out there that are comparable at about 10K less. Given that I really liked the coach, I started looking for others of the same brand. I've run across one for sale in Texas listed at 66K. Reading the fine print shows that the rig is registered in Canada. Keep in mind that it's being sold by a dealer. I have not yet contacted the dealer, but this is obviously not a situation where I'm going to blindly listen to a salesman. I looked online and found some information about importing cars from Canada, however, it seems like to me I wouldn't be importing it because it's already here. This is probably a strange request, but has anyone ever run into this type of scenario? Thanks for any advice or enlightenment.
Regardless of the registration you will need to import it. You will need a bill of sale, the title and a letter of compliance to bring it to Canada. You will have to pay the RIV fee and have it inspected prior to licensing.

Check the Transport Canada website for the list of allowable vehicles you can import.
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Its not imported until it is titled here. Up till then, it is merely visiting rather than imported, and visiting vehicles do not have to meet federal & state safety and legal requirements.

Speedo/odo on kilometers is certainly ok in federal regs, but not sure what you might run into at the state level. Confusion, probably. If the forms require a certified odometer mileage statement, you may run into snafus because of the kms. However. I think most RV motorhome chassis will have slectable miles/km on the odo.
One should check. I have heard that a Canadian is not allowed to bring a US registered vehicle into Canada. Friends bought a car and registered it in the US at their US address. They tried to bring drive it home and were turned back at the border.
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Be careful the odometer is not in kilometers. If so, it will have to be changed to miles and certified to be titled in the US.
When converting from/to KM/Miles all you need remember is 2 numbers, Five and 8

Five miles = Eight Kilometers.

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Canada=salty roads in winter unless it never made it north, I would be more concerned with the salt than mileage
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