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Old 11-16-2010, 07:38 AM   #11
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Interesting front axle set-up
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:34 PM   #12
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Interesting front axle set-up
I believe that is a Ford "Twin Traction Beam" it was popular in the 90's I'm not sure it is still offered. It was also available with leaf springs, I believe.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:05 AM   #13
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I think that's Sportsman/Clydesdale's version of IFS. It is listed as Twin Traction Beam on their website.

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If you want to go with SMB then buy the van in Canada and drive it down for the conversion. I have a Canadian friend who bought one and was not able to import it. He then licensed it out of Montana and drove it in the US for a big trip and had to turn around and sell it.

Or get a Quadvan 4X4 (what I did) and it imports seamlessly.
Personally, having driven a Clydesdale and compared them to Quadvan, Salem-Kroger and SMB, I wouldn't recommend Clydesdale to anybody.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:26 PM   #15
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So did you have a Canadian van converted by Quad Van or was it a used one you found down there?
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Does the importation issue also affect the ability to visit Canada with an SMB?
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No. If your vehicle is properly licensed and insured you won't have a problem.

However, if you have a DUI in your past, you may have bigger problems than your vehicle. A DUI is a felony in Canada so its best to clear that up before you cross if you have one.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:35 PM   #18
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Really, they hold US law to theirs? People flee to Canada to escape US law but can't if they got a DUI?
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Continuing off the initial track (offroad if you will ).

You also need to be aware that if you have kids in the vehicle but only one parent, you should have a letter written by the absent parent that they are OK with you visiting Canada without them.

Odd (and easy to forge) but awkward if you don't have it. My kids went through secondary interviews to ascertain that I wasn't a taking them away as part of a custody dispute. Happily, neither of my kids took that opportunity to give wise-a** answers.
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Really, they hold US law to theirs? People flee to Canada to escape US law but can't if they got a DUI?
Not holding US law, recognizing a valid US conviction. Many Americans do not realize this and it sure could ruin an otherwise well Planned vacation.
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