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Old 08-13-2013, 04:30 AM   #11
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Hi;

RIV doesn't apply after vehicle is more than 15 years old. It was a straight import.

Paid the taxes and that was it.

What did you guys do for less than 15 yr old SMB's?

Insured as RV's or?

Gnty who is your insurer?

Thanks.

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Old 08-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #12
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Salut Poloturbo

Félicitation pour ton achat! Fais tu tout le trajet par les États? Je demeure près de Vancouver, n'hésites pas a me contacter une fois dans le coin! Et mon nom de forum te donnes sûrement une idée de mon origine ;D

Bon voyage!
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #13
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Super merci Abitibi.
Je suis déjà passé malheureusement mais merci de l'offre
Ta région est géniale.

I'm already in San Francisco. 8000km+ to date.
Went to from Niagara Falls to Badlands, Yellowstone,Glacier, Okanagan Valley, Vancouver and Vancouver Island
From there Washington (Olympic) to the 101 all the way to the US1 and now in San Francisco.

Love my trip



Mine is a 2001 and was imported in 2007 with numerous insistance and other letters it was accepted
It was refused 2 Times.
It was the gentleman second importation
First a 1997 now in Australia
Second this one from Indiana. I have all papers and records.

Really like it and the 5.4 Triton quite good for steep hills with the 2wd.
Very good handling on the E350 super duty and good tires.
I'm used to high HP sports car (911, evo, DSM) so the van moved a lot on curves.
Higher tire pressure help a lot.

I'll talk to you soon, writing from the phone...
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #14
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Re: Hi from Montreal, Quebec. :-) New member

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What did you guys do for less than 15 yr old SMB's?

Insured as RV's or?

Gnty who is your insurer?

Thanks.

Regards,

Gavin
My import process was the same as yours, mine was 15 years to the build month so had no problems.

Mine is just insured as a Econoline Van by Aviva, not as a RV.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:05 AM   #15
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Gnty are you selling your smb? Saw the ad on kijiji?

Looking for the full 4x4 conversion with u-joint next year

Would you do the conversion or buy an 1999 and older smb already 4x4?
Seems rare and quite a bit more expensive. With all the hassle of importation and taxes I'm thinking a conversion might be a better alternative.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:02 AM   #16
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Gnty are you selling your smb? Saw the ad on kijiji?

Looking for the full 4x4 conversion with u-joint next year

Would you do the conversion or buy an 1999 and older smb already 4x4?
Seems rare and quite a bit more expensive. With all the hassle of importation and taxes I'm thinking a conversion might be a better alternative.
Very reluctantly it is listed only because we are expecting our second kid any day now and the wife says the van is to tight for 4. I'm looking at other SMB floor plans or possibly a class c with 4x4.

Ya it's not easy to find the right van, motor, floor plan, with 4x4 and be 15 years old. It's tough, if you love yours and the floor plan then I'd do a ujoint kit and keep it around. Its worth keeping your eyes open because the import process is a breeze as long as you have everything in order. For me so far it's been far less expensive to find vans already converted, but I'm sure ill be doing a ujoint on the next family rig as a 4x4 class c is a hard find.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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Thanks for sharing. Good luck on your chase for a Class C it's half the fun.

http://utah.findanyrv.com/recreational- ... b-v10.html
This one seems like not a bad deal

I really like mine....for now.
The floor plan isn't the best but there's tons of storage cabinets and it's loaded with star cool, grey leather int, water heather, big solar panel,4.0 fridge,furnace, big water tank, full carpets, TV,gaucho etc etc, looks like the RB30.
For 2 it's perfect.

For the big winters and snow we get here 2wd just could not work really well.
I want to go snowboarding with it everywhere.

I guess I'll see my options for next year and maybe a full conversion eventually.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:26 PM   #18
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Thanks, you are exactly right about the search...often the best part.

That one in utah looks like a great van at a good price. Nice find!

Your van sounds like its pretty loaded up, would love to see some interior shots sometime. For a year round rig up here 4wd is a major plus especially heading up to the ski hill before the plows are out or backcountry The extra clearance you get is as important as the 4wd.
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Heres some very crappy pics, sorry, but you get the idea.

The last owner retreived the back toilet that was on the left side with black tank and put some storage cabinets. They were quite handy for a full month trip.


I really like also that the 2 front chairs swivels and gives you the full utility of the whole van living space.


I was also thinking just a lift kit and a locker but that wouldn't be that good for snow or big offroad.
Were planning another 1-2 months trip next year and after maybe a longer one. I guess next year will dictate if it's ok for longer periods of time.
The only thing problem was to take a shower but we manage with plugging a hose in the sink and shower outside or pulling the back cabinet to "half bath". We didn't use any hock ups for a months so that not to bad.

I think for 2 months I would put a big box on a rack outback just to have more space and storage.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #20
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Nice van, bel intérieur...
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