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Old 11-10-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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Hallo from Germany

Hi everybody,

I will retire in 2017 and plan to buy an Escape 5.0TA, which I will be able to order in early 2016 as I understand it. I plan to slowly move around, avoiding bigger cities and do a little bit of archery (minus hunting).

I guess, that the RV will fit my needs and size (1.92m, 135kg), it should work out I guess and hope.

My concerns are how to get insurance (perfect German record) and how the sales tax will be calculated --I plan to find a base in Alberta

... but there is still a lot of water flowing down the Rhine river.

Ages ago I did my studies at UofM in Ann Arbor, MI and saw some of the travelling in Ontario, Newfoundland and PEI. Now I want to visit the West and spend the Winter in the lower 48 (or the bottom 12).

Still a lot of fact finding to do. But --I am looking forward.

Comments are very welcome, also PM

Best, BæR.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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Welcome. My wife and I just got back from spending a little time in your beautiful country as part of our Viking River cruise on the Danube. We also got to see some other parts when we did a different Viking cruise on the Rhine last April. We were great impressed with all the solar panels we saw installed everywhere - and, of course, enjoyed lots of great German beers.

A couple of friends, who are also Escape owners and on this forum, are on the Danube cruise this week. The Danube could use a lot more water right now.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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Welcome BaeR (closest my keyboard will come to it).

The 5.0TA should work out great for your intentions, best of luck with your planning.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:13 PM   #4
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Welcome, BæR!

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My concerns are how to get insurance (perfect German record) and how the sales tax will be calculated --I plan to find a base in Alberta
If you establish your residence in Alberta before paying for the Escape, and take it to Alberta for its first registration, you shouldn't be charged British Columbia's provincial sales tax. That's good, because B.C. PST is 7%. You will still need to pay the 5% GST (federal Goods & Services Tax) regardless of province.
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Welcome to the forum Bær. I think you'll be only the second European Escape owner.
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:28 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard, BæR.

Brian pretty much summed it up. Once established here, you will have no trouble buying at trailer, along with registration and insurance.

Not sure how many folks you know in Alberta, but I know lots of Germans. Some have been here near 30 years, others more recent. Good people, but tend to go to bed too early when partying.

Oh, and a younger German that has worked for me for 8 years now. Best darn employee I ever had.
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:52 AM   #7
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Once established here,
That is the question. Does my US Social Security number help in any way? I am actually not looking for residence, just be a tourist not trying to export the rig, etc. Just travel and spend my money in exchange for road use.

Thanks by the way for the hearty welcome,

mumbles the BæR.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:17 AM   #8
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I doubt your US SS would make much difference, though not certain. Even if not looking for permanent residency, I don't see how spending the money to buy and RV and truck here would be a problem.

You would have no trouble with just using a visa to travel here. As you likely know, there are many thousands of German tourists visiting Canada every year.

Is your intent to make one long trip here, or many trips over the years. I ask, as I was wondering about just renting a motorhome or other RV here for the times you might need one.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:48 AM   #9
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I don't see how spending the money to buy and RV and truck here would be a problem.
As I understand it, it makes a difference in how the purchase will be taxed, how easy it will be to register vehicle and trailer as well on how to get insurance. In the states, although I had residencey, I had to take a very expensive AAA-insurance first until I could switch to a much more reasonable AllState-Insurance.

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Is your intent to make one long trip here, or many trips over the years. I ask, as I was wondering about just renting a motorhome or other RV here for the times you might need one.
I intend basically one long trip, maybe with short interruptions, when my kids come for vacation using the rig and I fly over to do my taxes, etc.

Thanks for the assistance,

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Old 11-11-2015, 12:07 PM   #10
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Welcome BæR! (I did a copy/paste )
How exciting -- such great adventures ahead!!!
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