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Old 12-05-2008, 06:41 PM   #29
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I'm glad somebody mentioned the food items you can't bring, but the other thing in that sentence is always "plants". No plants, please.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:57 PM   #30
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An issue which is causing grief going either way is the number of boomers who are being caught with illegal drugs. Not just a little, but sometimes quite a lot. 401K replacement program perhaps? Who knows why someone who should know better suddenly tries to top up their retirement plan just once with a cargo that should not be in their RV, and sadly RV's are often what are used to do this dastardly deed. Hide it in propane tanks, holding tanks, etc and hope they will get through, make some quick and easy money, and have a nicer retirement.

We go across frequently as we live only a few minutes north of the border and do shopping frequently in Bellingham, WA, a half hour trip from doorstep to the city. We do not have problems although from time to time we are checked out and that is the price we pay for our trips. In the overall scheme of things it is just a small hassle and the pain goes away as soon as we are on the road again.

We hear constantly from folks that getting into Canada is no big deal. From time to time they are checked out to some degree but not often and nothing that would be considered out of line or overly intrusive. Yes, there are a few folks manning the stations who seem to enjoy the aggravation they can cause but for the most part they are few and far between.

Going south though can be a real challenge at times. We hear often enough from our US friends who come to visit, camp and tour that their return trips have about a 30% chance of being far less than fun. Keep your sense of humour, have all your paperwork at hand, and answer honestly and they are far more likely to treat you appropriately. They do take a lot of crap from some folks who travel and feel that any public servant is a tax burden so we find that getting through the US border earlier in the day when they haven't had to deal with a lot of difficult people works best.

The US dollar is now something like 20% more than the Canadian dollar. You get a lot of value for your money. Come visit Canada and see what a great place it is to have right next door. If the US won't take you back not a problem, we have lots of room with only 30 some million people running around up here and can always handle a few more Airstreamers hanging around supporting our economy and shining up our CG's.

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Old 12-06-2008, 01:29 PM   #31
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In spite of the border; Western Canada is one of the nice places on earth. We drove up
through Alberta to the Northwest Territories a few years ago: wow!
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:44 PM   #32
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I believe the smaller the border crossing the less the chance of a hassle.

Hiding marijuana in the propane tank? Imagine the high when you turn the furnace on!

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Old 12-06-2008, 01:51 PM   #33
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I believe the smaller the border crossing the less the chance of a hassle.
Nope, when it's your day in the barrel; it's your day. All you can do is shrug when they find a pound
of flour from the co-op, thinking, "ah ha".
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:14 PM   #34
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Come to think of it, it was more of an aggravation every time we crossed into California from other states than it has been to cross into Canada. It was always such a surprise since this was our first driving excursion there. No other state has such a border guard system.

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Old 12-08-2008, 01:52 PM   #35
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We've never had any problem with California. We stop, they ask us about fruit, I say we have some for personal use, they say "ok" and we drive on. There are some inspection stations in Florida. There's one in Chiefland north of Tampa/St. Pete by quite a few miles, but I've never seen anyone stop there, so neither did we.

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Old 12-09-2008, 12:46 AM   #36
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Border crossing.

Hi the most questions asked of us was when we left Canada while entering Montana. But we had all the right answers and documentation needed so I don't consider it a problem. I did feel that is was easier to leave my country than it was to re-inter it although not my state. [California]

Come to think about it, it's harder to get in and out of my driveway than it was to cross state or Canadian borders.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:37 PM   #38
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Hi -

We've taken our AS to Halifax, crossing into Canada in Calais and leaving by way of Houlton ME. The only issue the Canadians had was POTATOES. We had four beauties ready for baking and they were confiscated. Also made the Trip to Halifax twice with a U-Haul trailer - no glitches. We agree with the 'all business' attitude of the border guards, both Canadian and American, but then again they have to be.

Have a great trip!
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