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Old 07-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #15
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I'm leaving Sunday morning, hopefully end up in Fargo or Minneapolis that night, then carry on to Holland, Mi. the next day (Monday). Hopefully if all goes well, pick up my permit at a DMV, spend some time with the owners and head back Tuesday sometime. The couple selling this sound like wonderful people and I'm sure they will provide me with a good orientation before hitting the road. Not sure where I'll crash for the night on the way home but will figure it out as we go.

I drive a fairly large rig at work but my trailer backing skills are limited to boats. I've heard stationary objects are not very forgiving with the AS'ers! Most people I've talked to say it's usually at the end of a day after a LONG day on the road when fatigue has set in (and in the dark doesn't help).

Just out of curiosity, have any of you done the Walmart parking lot thing as an overnight spot??


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Old 07-18-2007, 07:01 PM   #16
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Congrats here too..

In specific answer, I've done the Wal-Mart thing, at store near dealer here in CA at dealer's suggestion. Talked to mgr at store, got permission, and there were several RV's parked in lot, plus several tractor trailer trucks along side road adjacent to lot.. Search for "wal-mart" and 'parking" for other experiences. Can't say I loved it, but price right and did get to sleep eventually, with no hassles.. Also possible to do same thing (depending on your location) in rest areas (some prohibit "overnight camping", but allow parking for up to 8 hours..), and truck stops (if the sound and smell of multiple diesels won't keep you up...

Having done the 1800 mile ferry trip bringing home purchase, here were some other learnings...

1. Bed linen/sleeping bag/towel for shower/soap, etc
2. Jug of water for drinking, in case fresh tank not so fresh..
3. Tool box (the big one..) just in case..
4. Extra wiring and connector bits "
5. FRS handheld radios (buy in US if not easily purchased in Canada) for backing up. Little walkie-talkies cost $15/pair, work great...

Hope all goes well!


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Old 07-18-2007, 08:31 PM   #17
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There is nothing like a road trip to pick up a new toy. The adrenalin is going pretty much full time. If you do stay at a Wally World it's good to buy something there - food, pops, travel goodies or whatever, just to patronize them for the free parking a wee bit. On your way through US customs on the way down ask them what you will need to do when coming back up, if you haven't done that already. They need to approve your exporting the rig from the US and Canadian Customs will ask you and send you back to do this before they will let you import it. No big deal, or at least it wasn't for my buddy since it's not a motorized vehicle so they did not need the 72 hours notice before coming to the border crossing, but still worth confirming with them on the way down. If you are taking greater than $10,000 cash make sure you do declare it at the border - from what I've been told they are not polite to people who "forget" to tell them and automatically assume it is going to be spent on non-legal things.

Take a copy of the advertisement that you found the trailer. We got chastised by the Canada Customs guys for not having it with us. Oops - he was polite but said in future when bringing something across like that they could make us leave it in their storage compound and go home and find the ad. Given Saskatoon is a long ways away take the ad with you.

Wow, Michigan from Saskatoon - that's a good haul. Well worth it. I'll bet the family is excited as heck.

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Old 07-18-2007, 10:20 PM   #18
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10-4 on the Wal-Mart sleep overs.

Safari 57, it's kind of frustrating getting the correct answer out of some of the provincial/federal authorities. I've had 2 agents at RIV tell me I required 72 hours notice at the border and the last one triple checked on my insistance, and assured me this wasn't the case for non-motorized trailers. Two completely conflicting answers! From the research I've done however, I'm confident about the 'no notice' policy.

Thanks for the tips on printing out the ad and checking in with US customs on the way down - that's all new info to me. As for the money issue, I wired the deposit and will complete the transaction same method (it was done within hours). I wouldn't feel comfortable travelling with that much cash anyway (and advertising that fact on the internet to boot..lol).

The tool box, radios, bed linen, etc. is all duly noted.

I'll be checking back here before I leave so if anybody has any other suggestions, please feel free to share your thoughts for a first timer.

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