Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-12-2014, 05:18 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 4
Crossing Canadian/US border

Hello Experienced RVs
We will be leaving our home in BC and setting off on a six week trip through the national parks of the western USA in September. When we go RVing I like to load up the fridge and freezer, particularly with meals and baked goods I have cooked in advance. This works fine within Canada - but what about crossing into the States. Will border control make me dispose of all food on board so I have to restock from scratch once in the US?
Less significant, but potentially frustrating, will anything we have left on the way home have to be disposed of before re-entering Canada?
Feedback from people who have made the crossing, especially those who approached the border with a full fridge and larder, would be most welcome.
If there is anything else we should be alert to crossing from BC to Montana we would be grateful for the heads up.

PamonGabriola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,033
Pam, Have only crossed a few times into US and it changes almost daliy on what you can not bring in. Fresh meat and veg are almost all ways a NO-NO.I was told there is a number to call to the border ( can't remember what it is sorry) to see what is allowed. To be safe I would keep the fresh stuff to a min.Also just to let you know the guard will come on board your RV to look around!

2014 Forester 3051s
2016 Nissan Pathfinder SL
2012 Sonic toad
wana65stang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
Senior Member
DDC's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Komoka Ontario
Posts: 2,201
We cross quite a lot and have been emptied out two times, first time was food from Canada, the US has so many restrictions, second time was dried dog food that was made in Canada so we gave up but the really wired thing is we live close to the border so we will go over and buy what we want and take it back to Canada put it in the trailer and that satisfies the US customs, even buy the same brand of dog food but made in the US.Bet you thought you had free trade.
"Well that didn't go as expected"
2015 Chev 2500HD Highcountry Duramax
Cedar Creek Silverback 33IK
Donald&Casey cairn terrier
Rest in Peace Mary my darling wife.
Scottish by birth Canadian by time.
DDC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
MarcusN's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Adrian, MI
Posts: 111
We have crossed the border into Canada and back with campers for over 20 years and have never been searched. If they ask about food we say we have basics for a few days but in reality we have had a freezer full of food and all the pantries stocked going into Canada as we find food more expensive there. Now coming back have had no issues but generally have very little fresh food as we are going straight to our house. Now we always take as much booze as we and our Canadian camping friends will consume as it is so much cheaper in US.
Mark & Barb
2013 8289WS Platinum Pkg
2008 F350 King Ranch CC 6.4
2013 nights camped 35
MarcusN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 07:11 PM   #5
Mod free 5er
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 23,910
The one time we went to the Bay of Fundy, the Canadian border guard just looked at my passport & drivers license and waved us on. Never even mentioned the camper, my wife's passport or my SIL's passport. On the way back into the US, the US border guard just waved us thru, never even stopped us. That was in Jun 2007.
OldCoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 08:11 PM   #6
21 FBRS 97 nights camped
wnelsonfl's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Mount Dora FL
Posts: 108
I have been over the border 10 times in the last 20 days. Only asked once if we had any oranges or booze. No inspection.
2014 Silverado Z71 4x4- 5.3
Flagstaff 21 FRBS
165 nights camping this past 14 months
22000 miles
wnelsonfl is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2014, 12:11 AM   #7
Senior Member
Hutch333id's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cochrane, AB
Posts: 588
Crossing Canadian/US border

We crossed from BC to WA a couple of weeks ago and were boarded by US Customs agents. Thankfully we had declared that we possessed tomatoes, (grown in BC) which they seized along with three Bell peppers. If these had been chopped up ready for a salad we would have been fine. Alas, they weren't. Coming back over to Canada, no problem. They just wanted to know if we had any ATF.

Crossing from BC to MT, I presume you're going across at the point just north of Eureka. Gas and diesel are much cheaper in the US side. If you're heading to Kalispell gas is best from Costco. Much of the food is also significantly cheaper but then the poor exchange rate kicks in and the savings aren't as good as they were a couple of years ago.

Richard & Diane
2014 Cedar Creek 38FL
With a F350 dually
2014 26 nights and 3120km

Richard & Diane
2014 Cedar Creek 38FL
2016 F350 Lariat CC DRW
Retired Metropolitan Police (UK)
Hutch333id is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #8
Senior Member
gbpacker's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Brookfield, WI
Posts: 190
Crossing between Canada and the US can be quite a challenge. We checked both US and Canadian customs website for information, particularly food stuffs. Both sites were vague on food stuffs.

Information I was given was that cooked or prepared foods, and produce with markings indicating origin of growth are OK. We always answer the questions clearly and never been boarded or searched. Hope this helps.

Sent from my iPad using Forest River Forums
gbpacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2014, 10:58 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Splendora, Texas
Posts: 1,112
You have some good info on what will give you a problem. It can vary a lot and they may not even bother you but it is better to be prepared. One thing, if you do have to buy your food in the US, it will be cheaper an Canada! Good Luck and have a great trip.
whj77372 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2014, 12:04 PM   #10
Senior Member
B D HOWie's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lake Wales
Posts: 140
Originally Posted by whj77372 View Post
You have some good info on what will give you a problem. It can vary a lot and they may not even bother you but it is better to be prepared. One thing, if you do have to buy your food in the US, it will be cheaper an Canada! Good Luck and have a great trip.
Are you saying, it will be cheaper "in" Canada, or it will be cheaper "than" Canada?
Thank you for clarifying.

Big Dog House On Wheels
2013 Coachmen Freelander 28QB
on 2012 Chevrolet 4500
Using FR app

Big Dog House On Wheels
2013 Coachmen Freelander 28QB

on 2012 4500 Chevrolet Chassis
B D HOWie is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 AM.