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Old 12-24-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Border agents (U.S./Canadian)

In the past I have heard many people rant loudly about border crossing experiences and have even recently seen similar postings on this forum (thanks MtnGuy for closing it). As I am sure there are some campers among the border services, I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks for a job well done. I can honestly say I have never had a really bad experience crossing and the few delays we have encountered have been nothing but minor inconveniences. You are doing a tough job in trying times and we appreciate it as we would rather be safe than sorry. So here's to you all and feel free to link this over or pass it on to your fellow workers. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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I'll second that. I have only been across the US/Canadian border a few times and the experience was always professional.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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Third. Going both ways this past summer, was easy. They were polite and did their job.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:59 PM   #4
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Well said..
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:17 AM   #5
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A lot, and I mean a lot, of our vacation travels have us crossing the border at vacation time, and we've never had an issue.

We as Canadians value our friendship with our Southern neighbours. When we see the problems that other countries have with their border countries, we count ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to visit back and forth as much as we do without issue.

Those of you who live further from the border wouldn't have the exposure to this freedom between countries we enjoy. Those of us who are as close as we are and can take advantage of it, should never take it for granted.

Best of the season to all on the forum. Given our common interests in travel, I invite everyone to visit each other as often as possible.

I for one, will always value the friendships made through our hobby and the closeness of our friends to the South.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:59 AM   #6
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Nice post ! I'm in my mid 40's and have never had a "bad" run in w/ Law Enforcement of any kind. Seems the folks who get upset......are upset because they got caught doing something wrong !!

Glad they are there !!
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #7
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Funny. As a Canadian, and I might not be the most friendly looking individual, I have never had a problem going south. The border guards are always friendly, always have a nice word or two for the wife and kids. BUT, the last two times coming home, some kind of bug was up the rear end of the Canadian border guards. I don't know what it was, but funny enough, I wasn't allowed to proceed until I started making a fuss about it. One time was after I let the homeland security folks do a training session on my truck and trailer (which passed with flying colours, thankfully), not sure, but it makes me think long and hard whether or not I want to go south or not, which is kind of a cr-ppy situation with the dollar at par.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:03 AM   #8
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I'm less than an hour from the border so I've already been across a couple times with the new trailer. First time over this year while we're sitting in line the DW noticed my passport had expired just a month earlier . Considering the border tensions in recent years I assumed this would be a show stopper for the rest of our 9 day vacation and the substantial amount I'd already placed in sites reservations. Decided to play stupid and cross our fingers to see what happened. As it turned out he didn't notice or didn't care about the expiry date. I assume didn't care because when they scan the cards I assume expiry date would throw a flag.

Anyhow let me echo your sentiments "MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR"
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:48 PM   #9
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well said for the OP. I can only imagine the crap they get to deal with . I also believe the ones who complain are the ones with the "problems" inherent to being pulled over. I have been over the border several times as I have lots of family in the U.S and have only had my apples taken away(I guess he need lunch that day). other then that no problems.In my guess it is probably the defient ones that have the most issues,they figure it is their right to cross the border rather then a privledge to do so.
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:59 PM   #10
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As a Canadian i figured it out when going to the usa. if you have been down, and people in your vehicle have been down then you get your info run, go on your way. go down with someone that has never been to the usa or no record of being in the usa or has smudge in the record you get pulled in and they give ya the hot irons lol.

I understand why though. would you want someone visiting your country that has a record, that is a bad person or will become a burden? didnt think so. So its up to the men and women of the border agencies to do the good job they do! Also if you have nothing to hide and no wrong doings then there is nothing to be afraid of! (lol unless like one friend they ask how he escaped prison lol)
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:22 PM   #11
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I haven't had any problem crossing north or south. but have stop the southern crossing for time. Right now I'm good here. Anyway the border move south in the winter & we always enjoy good people. Sometime where out number 2 to 1 with the northern RVer. Just close the door when you cross. IT getting down to 25 F tonight (LOL)
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