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Old 03-19-2014, 08:22 AM   #31
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Going to Canada this summer to see the "relatives".
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:22 AM   #32
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Hey Crabbyguy. You should stop in at Myrtle Manor and pick up a few of the cousins. We could have a real old fashioned shindig. Just don't tell the border guards about any restraining orders. If they ask about grass tell them your goats are taking care of it while you are visiting. Be sure to bring your rubber boots as it will be time to take the sheep to the summer pasture. It will be so good to see you guys again now that they let little Frank have day passes if he promises to take his meds and dress like a boy. See you this summer. THE TRAILER PARK BOYS!!

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Old 03-19-2014, 10:05 AM   #33
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Contact your car and RV insurance agent and request a Canadian proof of insurance form. They will provide one for free. I was able to download mine. It is one of those items that if you don't need it, good. If you do have an incident, as I did, that form will save you a lot of hassel.

When returning to the USA the agent asked about fruit and veggies. We mentioned the tomatoes and he wanted us to throw them out, even though we had purchased them in the US. They were in the refer, in the street side slide, and the agent did not seem to want to create the hassel of us pulling forward so we could open the slide. He told us to toss the tomotoes as soon as possible. We ate them that night.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:11 AM   #34
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Living in the Okanagan Valley (on the Canuck side) tree fruit is always up there on the list of inquiries, going both ways. We are asked about firearms when heading south just as you are asked about firearms heading north. People try to put to much extra time and thought into when it's a simple issue. No difference going either way, just leave the guns at home unless you have the required paperwork to transport them across the border. I always try to take a quick check under the seats and whathaveyou before we cross just ot make sure their aren't any spare shells or rounds floating around. I've also never found a reason to hide my "enthusiasm" for things that go bang when crossing the border. I've had conversations regarding them at both sides of the border, along with conversations about many other things, and find if I'm honest and up front then we never have an issue.
It seems that the Canuck border guards are most concerned about getting the governments tax due out of us when we return, and the American border guards are most concerned we aren't coming down to take jobs away.

This will be the first season we wil be crossing with a trailer, up until now we have always had a tent trailer, and in all the times we have crosssed the border we have only ever had to pop it up once.

We make sure to bring an unopened US approved bag of dog food, no tree fruit and no vegetables when we cross. It's just simpler that way, and in most cases it is more cost effective to purchase those items once in the US.

You are also not allowed to bring firewood into the US from Canada, I'm not sure about the other direction, but just a heads up.

And hey, Welcome To Canada! We enjoy having you all up here, and appreciate the fact you have decided to spend some of your income here.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:37 AM   #35
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This thread has been pretty helpful. We just booked this past weekend for a week in Niagara falls in the week after july 4th. Seems as though as long as you document what your bringing with you and have your paperwork ready you shouldn't have any issues.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:23 AM   #36
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I will be going over to Canada for a day trip next week and I am going to stop at US and Canadian Customs to get the whole scoop. When I get back I will post anything I get.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:14 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by dezolen View Post
Never been asked for ownership on anything in 30 plus years either side
Only time border guards look in RV I find is curiosity.
Can't understand why citrus products can't be brought back to the US. We sure don't have the climate to grow them. Perhaps we only get the rejects and you don't want them back lol.
Have a wonderful visit.

Nothing with a Peel can be brought across. As well in BC no apples brought into the province ( protecting their growers?)

Edit - Peel products GROWN in USA. Bananas grown in central America OK.

We have a seasonal 20 min from US border, and do our groc shopping in US.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:18 PM   #38
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Regarding slides when we had our 5 wheel they never asked us to put the slide out for inspection despite it being a tight squeeze when the agent went in to inspect. Last summer with the MH he just looked in the window and didn't inspect inside at all. We usually go to upper New York once a year and Indiana or Michigan once a year and have not had problems. Google the most up to date regulations from both governments and follow them.

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Old 04-30-2014, 06:31 PM   #39
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Interesting read, sounds like a few have had the experience I have. Going into Canada has been much easier than coming back into the US. I have never towed a trailer in, but the last time took a motorcycle trip through. Waved into Canada after just a couple questions. Something I said raised some suspicions coming back in I guess so they searched my bike and my buddies bike. They had a camper in as well. They were all nice about it but it doesn't really feel like security to me.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #40
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I get it on both sides because i work in law enforcement the ask about 20 times regarding weapons. My parents were Canadians so I know the drill going over and back but in the last 10 yrs things have changed drastically, use to be they said hi Mark how long you going over for today and have a good trip. Now 20 questions having some repeated to trip you up. The world isn't what it use to be.

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