Ready to make the leap from RV rental to RV ownership, but dealing with a stalemate on cost? You might be able to save by buying south of the border. If that’s your plan, here’s what you should know about how to import your RV or trailer into Canada.
Importing Vehicles from the US to Canada
By Transport Canada’s definition, all RVs (except truck campers) are considered vehicles. While there are a slew of regulations for importing regular vehicles into Canada, there are further regulations for RVs and trailers.
Take these into consideration:
- GST or HST must be paid at the border.
- To register an imported vehicle in Canada, it must pass an RIV test (unless it’s more than 15 years old).
- You can’t import modified vehicles (like a van-turned-campervan).
- You’ll need a title and proof of sale to cross.
Importing a travel trailer into Canada
Travel trailers (like tent trailers, 5th wheels, and toy trailers) follow the same general trailer regulations…with one important caveat. While other trailers need to fulfill rear impact guard requirements, most travel trailers are exempt.
That means if your travel trailer has a manufacture date post September 2007 and a GVWR (gross weight) over 4536 kg, you can bring it in, no problem. If your travel trailer doesn’t fit this description, check out this chart to see if you’re in the clear.
Importing an RV into Canada
Many Class A, B, and C motorhomes have been assembled by more than one manufacturer, and these come with special regulations. Check out this list for all admissible class A and C motorhome manufacturers and this list for Class B manufacturers.
If the red tape involved to import your RV or trailer into Canada hasn’t convinced you to stick with RV rentals indefinitely, review the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Registrar of Imported Vehicles’ website for complete and up-to-date details on RV importation. You’ve got this!
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