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Old 11-13-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone From Beautiful BC, Canada

My wife and I just jumped off the fence and have an accepted offer on a 1983 Newell Motorcoach. I spent a few years researching the BB Wanderlodge, then a few weeks ago I saw my first Newell coach in Kelowna, BC. and the rest is history. I found this coach on your newellclassifieds page. It's owned by a member named "shoebox".

The coach is in Holland MI, so it's quite a complex task to complete the purchase transaction. If any one out there has some useful tips re importation to Canada, taxes in the state of MI, pre-purchase inspection, driving across the country in a 40' coach in November ... we would be grateful.

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Old 11-13-2010, 02:41 AM   #2
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Congrats Bluesky! Let me know if you need anything....You have my number
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:13 AM   #3
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You've got an adventure ahead Glenn. I'm sure you're up to speed on this stuff but just in case this link may be helpful
http://www.riv.ca/importingavehicle.aspx
Looking forward to travel updates and pictures of the new coach. Safe travel.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:12 PM   #4
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Folks

Just had a thought, is there a special designated license required to drive this coach? I have a Class A Winnebago (gas) that doesn't require anything special.

My plan is to fly to MI early in the week and, assuming the pre-purchase mechanical inspection is good, drive home.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:14 PM   #5
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Bluesky,

Congratulations on your new purchase. No, there is no special license required to drive your Newell in the U.S.

Be careful and allow yourself a good distance in traffic to stop.

We would love to see pictures of your new purchase when all of the dust settles.

I have owned a 1987 Newell and a 1993 Newell so if you have any questions don't hesitate to call me 985 381 6613.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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In Alberta we need an air brake endorsement, other than that an ordinary license is all that's required.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:48 AM   #7
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I say that you go to your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) or the appropriate Agency and check with them. Some places do require a Special License or at least an Endorsement. Better safe than ......
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:58 AM   #8
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... well, guess I dropped the ball on this one. Turns out I do need an Air Brake Endorsement in my hometown Province of BC. Rather than drive the coach home this week, I am now looking for storage space in the Holland MI area. Also, I'll have to check and make sure I can get an out of country storage policy.

After 2 years of research, we finally take the step to purchase and now this little detail changes the plan. Bummer. May be smarter to store though, rather than drive across the country this time of year.

Thanks for your support, I'll keep you posted.

ps for those of you asking, if you go back into the forum archives and search "shoebox" you'll see pics of the coach.
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Did someone say DRIVER?
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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Thanks all,

Decided to fly down for visual and mechanical inspection and, if we purchase, store the coach until the spring.

Dean, your storage offer sounds perfect. I will be in the area for the inspections late this week and I'll give you a call. Assuming we purchase, I would drive the coach to the storage on the Saturday or Sunday. Would that work for you? Love to stay at your B&B as well.
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