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Old 03-16-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Border Crossing with an RV (needed papers)

Was thinking about crossing into Canada this summer, although I have been across many times I have never gone with an RV. Where can you find US and Canadian Customs info on things you must have to tow an RV across the border. Also things you can bring over to and back from Canada.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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I know at the Mexican border they make me open it up and they run a drug dog in it
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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I took my TT to Alaska last summer for 3 months through BC and the Yukon. Don't know how many times I crossed in or out of Canada, Alaska, Skagway, Haines etc.. The main things they are concerned with are guns and alcohol with an occasional question about fresh produce. The Canadian customs agents were always concerned about guns. I did not bring any and when I told them I didn't have any they seemed skeptical. I guess many Americans must bring firearms. I had Canadian customs inspect inside once and American customs inspect the inside once. I was traveling alone. Maybe that was more suspicious. The customs agents were always polite, professional and kept things moving along. No problems.

You do not need insurance papers and no one asked me to provide any proof of ownership. My passport was all they ever asked for.

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Old 03-16-2014, 10:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for input, any other things anyone can think of, Any Canadian snow birds give some input. I know you have dealt with this question.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:32 PM   #5
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Pretty simple...as others have mentioned guns is a big thing, but that's not only with an RV, its the same in a car. Yes they may want to check inside the RV...when we cross over into the US, US dept of agriculture goes through our trailer pretty much every time...looking for fruits and vegetables, certain meats although most are fine now. If they find stuff you cant bring, they say sorry and confiscate. They took away our rice one time because we had put it in a sealed container and could not prove where it came from....no big deal!

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Concealed weapon permit-------------

If you have a concealed weapons permit, expect questions from the Canadian customs people because it shows in their system you have the permit. Also how much beer or alcohol you have.
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If you have a concealed weapons permit, expect questions from the Canadian customs people because it shows in their system you have the permit. Also how much beer or alcohol you have.
How those a CCL show up in there system? Here in FL it is controlled by dept of agriculture.
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I was ask-----------------

I live in Florida also and I was ask specifically about my CWP as the second question. The first question was the purpose of visiting Canada and the second was "do you have a CWP" , the third question was "Do you have a firearm" and would you object to us searching your RV and truck. He also ask
why I did not have my weapon with me. My answer was " I did not need the hassle of crossing the border for a vacation. Have a nice visit.
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Pretty simple...as others have mentioned guns is a big thing, but that's not only with an RV, its the same in a car. Yes they may want to check inside the RV...when we cross over into the US, US dept of agriculture goes through our trailer pretty much every time...looking for fruits and vegetables, certain meats although most are fine now. If they find stuff you cant bring, they say sorry and confiscate. They took away our rice one time because we had put it in a sealed container and could not prove where it came from....no big deal!

Rick

It was the dog's food for us, though we did get asked if we have any rice. I find it's easier to just go without any groceries and buy them stateside. Besides, things are like 1/2 the price in Michigan compared to here.

To the OP, you can find out all the Canadian regulations at:

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

Basically, 1) Don't bring any guns. Period. I live near the busiest commercial land crossing between our two countries. About once every 3-4 months there's a news article about people doing jail time for forgetting they had a gun in the vehicle.

2) Don't bring more than $10,000 cash. Though that one's a little outdated in today's market of electronic money.

3) Don't bring any goods that are prohibited, as per the above website. However I've found our list of restricted goods, especially when it comes to food, not as restrictive as the US's.
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Next question is about pets I know about dogs and cats but my wife has birds, there is no paperwork on them?
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