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Old 02-20-2015, 12:40 AM   #11
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registering the trailer in Utah was a piece of cake. The clerk had to call headquarters with a question or two, but it went smoothly and quickly. 15 minutes max.
Wish it was that easy in Texas! Sheesh! A VIN inspection by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force? Really? On a new trailer for which I have insurance, a certificate of origin and a Bill of Sale? Unfathomably stupid. Oh well, its all good though once we're out there camping.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:04 AM   #12
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Wish it was that easy in Texas! Sheesh! A VIN inspection by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force? Really? On a new trailer for which I have insurance, a certificate of origin and a Bill of Sale? Unfathomably stupid. Oh well, its all good though once we're out there camping.
You should create an App for that and license it to the government. Works for prisons.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:24 AM   #13
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Wish it was that easy in Texas! Sheesh! A VIN inspection by a member of the Texas Auto Theft Task Force? Really? On a new trailer for which I have insurance, a certificate of origin and a Bill of Sale? Unfathomably stupid. Oh well, its all good though once we're out there camping.
Consider yourself lucky. Or try to import and legalize a trailer over here in the Netherlands.

Ahh well, in the end, when everytrhing is said and done you tend to forget the battle's you had to get it on the road.

Remember, once your battling with your DMV, the end is near and after that you can start to enjoy.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:32 AM   #14
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I'm a newbie here and trying to do the math on purchasing a 17 or 19' Escape.

I'm thinking if the 19' trailer is listed at $25,500 that's $20,655 US plus bank exchange and processing fees. Anyone done this lately and what was your experiene and actual cost? The thread on exchange rates was very useful but needs updating.

On a related issue, there is a $200 brokerage fee to have someone take the trailer through customs and take delivery in the US. Why couldn't you do this yourself? What paperwork is required? Do you have to use the broker to avoid paying the VAT and insure the trailer is for export only? Anyone done this?
ETI used to have to get the paperwork out of owners that ETI needed for the tax situation and whatever else. Now ETI takes the trailers across the border and gets the paperwork they need themselves. Americans do not pay Canadian taxes on an Escape and technically speaking, you need to take possession of the trailer in the U.S. So that taxes are not due, apparently.

There is no one I know of who buys an Escape for anywhere near the base price. There are lots and lots of absolutely necessary options.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:35 AM   #15
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Consider yourself lucky. Or try to import and legalize a trailer over here in the Netherlands.

Ahh well, in the end, when everytrhing is said and done you tend to forget the battle's you had to get it on the road.

Remember, once your battling with your DMV, the end is near and after that you can start to enjoy.
Severinus, considering all the mods you had to do to both the truck and the trailer, my issues are pretty trivial. I also agree that once we're out there, it'll be forgotten. I guess its just my inborn hatred of needless bureaucracy. Texas thing.
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We brought a bank cashier's check with us, gave it to ETI when we arrived, and that worked really well for us.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:54 AM   #17
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I sent a personal check for an amount that was $500 less than the balance due and let the exchange rate do whatever it wanted. I was just looking to get it close enough that I could settle up via credit card.

Worked just fine, though the pony express from Colorado to BC took 3 weeks.
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Severinus, considering all the mods you had to do to both the truck and the trailer, my issues are pretty trivial. I also agree that once we're out there, it'll be forgotten. I guess its just my inborn hatred of needless bureaucracy. Texas thing.
Needless bureaucracy is in more places than we would care to admit. So I assume that you did not get your license plate and will have to pull the trailer home without one. Loren
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Severinus, considering all the mods you had to do to both the truck and the trailer, my issues are pretty trivial. I also agree that once we're out there, it'll be forgotten. I guess its just my inborn hatred of needless bureaucracy. Texas thing.
No problem, i have the same issues with our DMV. I know what you're going through.

Hang on, it's only temporarily, after that you'll be the laughing one.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:00 PM   #20
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We've all been there with mission creep. Looking over the accessories, I do not see anything I would immediately add except perhaps the larger fridge. Most I can add later on should I find it moves up the food to chain to "must have". Although new to the idea of trailer life, my wife and I have been life-long sailors on our 36' sailboat and have had to add, fix, or replace just about everything.

I live only a few miles from the factory and will make a run up and chat with the reps about delivery dates and what they have on their lot.

I appreciate each of your timely and thoughtful responses.
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