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Old 08-13-2019, 02:28 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by JCWDCW View Post
One last comment. Look the officer straight in the eye and just answer the questions.; yes or no if it can be kept that simple...don't get chatty, and don't try to be cute or funny. Border crossing is serious business and deal with it in that light!
I leave the door to the trailer unlocked so the officer can get in and inspect at his/her leisure. They will ask you to turn off the engine and give them your keys!!! Safety issue...The only comment I will have if they enter the Trailer is to request that they hear the fridge door click when it closes, and if there is a trick to releasing the catch tell them that too. I had an agent nearly rip the lock of my old trailer fridge, because she didn't know there was a travel lock.
More and more they are asking for your trailer license number....some sort of effort to see if you actually own the trailer?...Not sure.
Treat it like an interrogation.

Because it is.

Answer their questions, succinctly and truthfully.

Do not elaborate.

When you hit the booth, tell the officer how many people are in the vehicle when you hand your documents over. (You have them ready, don't you?)

You'll be asked where you are going and why.

You'll be asked where you live.

You'll be asked what you are bringing with you.

Fruits/Vegetables and tobacco and alcohol are big items. Do not misrepresent that stuff.

Sometimes I've been asked if I know anyone on the American side of the border. (I'm Canadian, and work there almost daily on a B1 visa).

You are supposed to be on edge when you hit the booth. That's by design. They will ask you questions that are designed to make you flustered.

The psychology that they use is interesting, and is effective at rooting out people who are good actors. They'll get you off your script and take you down a rabbit hole if you aren't telling the truth...


Other than the wait times, it's no big deal...

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Old 08-13-2019, 02:30 PM   #30
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Ontario courts are at the point of Extreme overload because the judges have been instructed by the Fed to go easy on the illegals , hence the spate of recent violence. Itís the catch & release program in our justice system - which scares most of us Crapless ! ! We have nothing to defend ourselves with 🤬
The Toronto Police Chief recently declared he was helpless to stop the shootings .

90% of these handguns guns are smuggled in from the USA thru channels our police canít stop.
I would love to see a reliable source for your comment "the judges have been instructed by the Fed to go easy on the illegals".

Also a full quote of Mark Saunders declaring that he was helpless to stop the shootings. I suspect what he said was something in regard to this being a social problem with gangs that the police can't solve on their own without help from other levels of government, but perhaps you can clarify.

Not sure about 90%, but I believe that you are correct that the majority of guns come in from America. A gun that costs $200-$300 in America will sell for $3000 in Canada on the black market. Other sources are guns manufactured illegally in Canada, and Canadians buying guns legally and selling them to criminals.

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Old 08-13-2019, 02:30 PM   #31
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crossing into Canada is easier than into the USA
We recently crossed into Canada at the Niagara Falls crossing and back into the US in Michigan. The Canadians did everything except a body cavity search and delayed us for an hour or so while they went through every nook and cranny in both our truck and trailer. Crossing back into the US took no more than 30 seconds for the guard to say "Welcome home!"
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You do not need a passport to cross into the US if you are a US citizen, only a photo ID and birth certificate. The requirements are easily found online.
Photo ID rules are specific now and the source of the photo ID is very specific if you are a US citizen crossing from Canada back into the US. For example my old Missouri driver's license is not a valid ID. However if you obtain an Enhanced Missouri driver's license it is. Here are the current requirements as stated in the US Customs and Border Protection Web page.

"What types of documents are accepted for entry into the United States via land and sea?

U.S. citizens can present a valid: U.S. Passport; Passport Card; Enhanced Driver’s License; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or Form I-872 American Indian Card, or (when available) Enhanced Tribal Card.
U.S. and Canadian citizen children under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious group, or other youth group) need only present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. The birth certificate can be original, photocopy, or certified copy."

If you do not have one of the above documents, you can be refused entry to the US and may experience delays while the US border crossing authorities attempt to verify your clearance to enter the country. Note that these rules apply to western hemisphere travel for roads and sea and do not apply to air travel which has different rules. This is why if you are unwilling to pay the fee and carry a passport, the Enhanced Driver's License is probably the preferred way to gain entry back into the US from a Canadian trip.

Driver's Licenses meeting the Enhanced ID requirement usually display a white star within a gold filled circle on the top right hand front side of the driver's license. The bar code information on the back of the licenses also contains additional information that links to a database accessible by border crossing personnel for the license holder. If you don't know if your state is issuing the enhanced license ask first. As I found out for Missouri not all of the licenses in the hands of drivers are enhanced at this time. It will take some time for them to filter into current drivers hands, unless you make a special request like I did.

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We'd love to have you all visit us, but perhaps we could be spared the "here is what is wrong with your country" rhetoric. It is insulting.


We cross regularly between the US and Canada, and have never had an issue. On a visit to Ottawa two years ago, we drove south into Michigan, and found when we were in line that our Canadian passports had expired. We were already across the bridge. The US border agent listened to our explanation, smiled, and said we would be fine, then waved us on with expired passports.
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Political wrangling is divisive

The topic of this thread is crossing over the US-Canada border. There are several valid mentions of regulations regarding firearms but as usually happens it's straying far into divisive political rhetoric rather than focusing on camping and Airstreams and travel across the US-Canada border in Airstreams.

Please track back toward the relevant original topic.
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By Post #13 the OP had already made the decision not to travel through Canada!
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