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We are thinking of leaving our Canadian registered trailer in Florida year round.
Is this possible ? I know I can get insurance on the trailer, I'm not sure if it has to registered
in Florida or if this allowed.

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Lots of folks do it, but it’s not legal.

Be sure to check that your insurance company will cover it if it’s LEFT in Florida, ins. co’s are always looking for a reason to deny a claim, illegal storage and nobody keeping an eye on it would probably be high on the list of reasons.

BTW, I think we only live about 10 minutes apart. Small world eh?

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Yes, you should be able to leave your RV here in FL. It does NOT have to be registered in FL, but it must have a current/valid registration from your province. Insurance too. Many RV parks down here have storage lots at their sites, and trailers are left here year round in storage.





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It can be done! However, I wouldn't want to leave something stored outside during the summer months if at all possible. The hot Florida sun does a real number on RV's. I would want to find sheltered storage for the months when you won't be using it if you plan to be a snowbird i.e. staying in the unit for a good chunk of the winter and then heading back to Canada for the summer.

If you don't plan on traveling, consider looking for a "permanent" place in Florida. There are a lot of RVs that have been converted with the addition of permanent roofs, added sunrooms, updated aluminum walls, etc. Take some time to look at all your options.


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Found this for you.

Canadian storing rv in USA

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If the trailer was Americans registered it would be no issue, it’s not though.

I think the part folks are skipping over here is that the reason you can cross the border without paying any taxes or duty is because of an exemption that “personal possessions” can cross the border free because they will LEAVING with that person, just like your luggage or anything else you brought, I.E. cameras, phone, jewelry.

If it doesn’t leave the country with the tourist when they leave, it’s considered to be IMPORTED into the US.

Likewise, it’s technically illegal for a Canadian insurance company to sell insurance in the US as they’re not licensed to do so. That might a claim a ticklish matter.

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How are you going to get insurance?

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Lots of people own property located in other countries. Loads of Canadians snowbirds own Park Models in our park. They get insurance through US companies. Others own cars that are left in AZ year round - nothing says you have to be a resident of the state in order to own/register car that spends all year in that state.


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This article sums it up pretty well. Not illegal; you just need to make sure you’ve got it insured here with a US company.

https://www.primelinkinsurance.ca/blog/h........e-rv-or-motorhome-when-you-take-it-south

If you leave your Canadian license tags on it - and they’re current - then no one is going to question whether you’re “importing” it into the US. It’s only here temporarily - no definition of “temporary”. You fully intend to take it back home - eventually. Keep it tagged Canadian and you’re fine.

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JaxDad wrote:

If the trailer was Americans registered it would be no issue, it’s not though.

I think the part folks are skipping over here is that the reason you can cross the border without paying any taxes or duty is because of an exemption that “personal possessions” can cross the border free because they will LEAVING with that person, just like your luggage or anything else you brought, I.E. cameras, phone, jewelry.

If it doesn’t leave the country with the tourist when they leave, it’s considered to be IMPORTED into the US.

Likewise, it’s technically illegal for a Canadian insurance company to sell insurance in the US as they’re not licensed to do so. That might a claim a ticklish matter.


Not true. My sister-in-law has a winter home in Zypherhills, FL. They have plenty of personal things things that they brought from home in Fort Erie (clothes, dishes, etc).

Works exactly the same way when we take stuff to our Fort Erie home from down here.

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