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Old 04-17-2014, 08:15 PM   #21
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Re: Hi from Montreal, Quebec. :-) New member

Bonjour! from a new member in Terrebonne.

I'll speak english so everybody can follow our story.
I'm working on a design for a DIY campervan build, take a look at my posts if you're interested in helping.

Today I called "Transport Canada" they transferred me to "Ministère du transport du Québec" then they transferred me to the "SAAQ" then all hell broke loose...

They told me If I wanted to get my registration for the DIY campervan, I would need to have my raised fiberglass roof installed by professionals with a "marque de sécurité du Canada" seal and an engineer report for safety and everything, that would come up to roughly 15 000$ and they warned me even if I have all that, they might not give me the damn registration!!

I called my insurance company and they had no problem with anything, All I have to do is keep all of my receipts and document everything to get a total value price, that's all they need.

So I called the company where I would buy the roof (mory inc) they told me they sell hundreds of these things each year but the clients register the vans as the original vehicle not as the DIY campervan, The problem I have with that is if I have an accident and get injured, the SAAQ might not cover me or the person in the passenger's seat, even less the passengers in the back (illegal seat belts)

Did any of you from Quebec have any trouble getting registrations??


DIY conversion build, extended 2010 Ford 5.4L E250 + high top, from Montreal Canada, new to all this so please be patient and clear with me (never built or camped in a van yet)
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:10 PM   #22
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Re: Hi from Montreal, Quebec. :-) New member

Try PMing him . He may not be active but may get it in an email.

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Old 04-20-2014, 12:32 PM   #23
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Re: Hi from Montreal, Quebec. :-) New member

Hi. Salut. Pas très actif l'hiver
Yes I have it registered but as you said as a normal E350 van.
The 2 inspections were done with RIV and legal. As already said in another post the first owner had a person of is family at transport Canada. If you read between the lines it was a free pass as I have the only sportsmobile in Canada that is not 15 years and older that didn't start as a van from Canada and shipped afterwards to the US for conversion.

It is a lot of paperwork and a hassle to register it as a real camper.
Even sportsmobile is not on the list so that's quite reveling as it is lighyears ahead in conception to the Safari Condo and New West campers we have here.

Hope it helps a bit.

Bonne chance dans ton projet lache pas.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:11 AM   #24
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Evy you will find that your insurance company will have you sign a piece of paper at some point that says the vehicle is modified from factory original.

If you do not declare any modifications like 4x4 or a new roof they can refuse to pay a claim.

Simply put the company has the right to know what risk they are accepting by insuring you.

I'm in Ontario and the only way they will cover me is under the high risk facility pool. It's going to be a few hundred dollars more than my non modified van.

Any non factory modification puts the vehicle in a higher risk group. That's why jacked up pickup trucks are so uncommon around here.

RVs must meet a CSA standard so home built units will be very hard to insure.

Call it a van, admit the mods, and hit the road.

I know it's all so unfair, but so is subsidized daycare...

Bienvenue au club!


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Old 06-03-2014, 07:53 AM   #25
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Re: Hi from Montreal, Quebec. :-) New member


I received a $2500 insurance quote on my 1984 B350 EB last August. It would have been put in the high risk pool because of the non factory 4x4 installation. I declined the offer and there she sat sinking into the grass.

Well, lo and behold, I sent in photos of the conversion shop's certification plate along with the VIN to my insurance agent. I also sent in the website address for the shop. I now have a quote for $798!

This proves two things:

1- give your insurance agent as much information as you can
2- the same actuary at the same company can go in different directions over time so don't give up

Now to install the transfer case and get it rolling.



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