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Old 09-13-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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Hello from Northern Canada

Hi everyone!
I'm hoping to convert over the next couple years. I still work full time but hope to work on my bus (yet to be purchased) starting next summer. I wrote on my blog about it as well.
http://northof60girl.com/2015/09/13/tiny-home-living/

My first question would be, has anyone imported a bus from the U.S. To Canada?

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Old 09-13-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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welcome glad to see another Canadian , can't help you about importing not sure why you would with the dollar being so low. where are you located? we travel northern Ontario a lot.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:19 PM   #3
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My first question would be, has anyone imported a bus from the U.S. To Canada?

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Laurie ��
Great to see another canadian!

Importing a bus into Canada would be no different that any other vehicles. Before you import be sure to look up weather or not it's importable, look for the chassis not the body.
You also need to remember to give the Americans 2 days notice before exporting a vehicle from their country.

Depending on where you are at, quite a few nice busses come out of B.C.
Unless you are looking for a rear engine bus, (I have never even seen one in person), a few rust free busses will be found.
I am surprised how my bus wich came out of rural M.B. Only has rust around the rear wheel arches.


Seriously though....north of the 60th! Where in this frozen hell do you live?! I live around Winnipeg and I HATE my life 7 months the year.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:25 PM   #4
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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I'm currently in Whitehorse but lived most of my adult life in the greater Vancouver area. Will be back there eventually!! I have imported vehicles before so I have a general idea but wasn't sure how a bus would work. I'll call Canadian customs and see what they say. I'll certainly check BC first as this would be closer but even with the exchange (hopefully it levels out soon) where there tends to be more of an item, the cheaper it usually is and more selection in the lower 48.

It would be cheaper from a materials and labor standpoint to do this down south in BC but I'll need to keep my good government job while converting as I can afford it. Once it's done though I'm out of here!!!
Thanks for your replies!
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Lol. For a second I thought...really haha. No driving for me in icy roads especially in a bus. Hope to eventually be in the lower 48 every winter with my skoolie of course!'
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:56 PM   #7
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Welcome.

At work we import buses from the USA to Canada all the time. We have our sales and leasing department. We bring buses up, fix the mechanical issues, then send them into our fleet of 400 buses, or sell / lease them.

Many times the buses we bring will even have blown engines. We take the engines from our rusted out units and swap them into the rust free units from state side.

What you will need is insulation. Good insulation and enough of it.

I'm also from the north, just a few hours south of you. My future is heading to the Great Bear Lake to the north of you.

My bus is just about done the metal work stage. Then comes the insulation. Mine should be almost done by the time you start yours.

Here is my thread for idea's and reference.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...ime-10138.html

Just a side note. You will not be able to add enough insulation to live in a bus without doing a roof raise. Just no way around it in this climate.


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Hi Nat...
Thanks for the info and I will be checking out your link. You don't think a propane heater and in floor heating will be enough and good insulation? I will be in Vancouver living (or outside city limits) eventually but hope to spend a couple more years up here after it's done.

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Old 09-14-2015, 09:53 PM   #9
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PS: The city here is selling a few buses at the end of the month. Only one is working and I'm going to take a look at it next week. It's a "submit a tender" thing so they are all sealed bids. It's a 2003 Thomas and that's all the info I have right now!
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Northern Ontario is beautiful from what I remember as a kid. I have family in Kap and Timmons. You should make the journey to the Yukon sometime!!
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