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Old 08-23-2014, 09:01 PM   #11
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I know in MI you can't bring firewood across county lines because of the emerald ash borer.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #12
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Last year the border guards asked to go into our trailer when heading south to Oregon. They just looked in the fridge and pantry real quick and that was it. We don't bother bringing anything with us other than basics and boxed/processed food. This year they didn't even bat an eye. Just the usual questions, not even checking the vaccination papers on the dogs. Only issue was our 2 year old had fallen and given himself a bloody nose and we hadn't changed his shirt so that required an explanation lol
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:03 AM   #13
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We have not had any issues towing our trailer (or previously, the tent trailer) and we probably cross with trailer about 5-6x/year. we've been asked about firewood, dog food, fruits/veg, etc, but it's generally quick and easy - that said, we travel in the Nexus lane which is generally faster anyway.
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Thank you all for the great feedback, seems like crossing with a trailer is not such a big deal
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:16 AM   #15
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we travel in the Nexus lane which is generally faster anyway.
I have never seen a Nexus lane for campers. Usually border crossings only have one lane dedicated for campers and it isn't the Nexus lane.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:30 AM   #16
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I have never seen a Nexus lane for campers. Usually border crossings only have one lane dedicated for campers and it isn't the Nexus lane.
I asked if I could bring my TT through the Nexus lane and they said yes. Now this was in Washington state.
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I have never seen a Nexus lane for campers. Usually border crossings only have one lane dedicated for campers and it isn't the Nexus lane.
I live in BC so I cross at one of two major crossings. The Peace Arch crossing is our main one and it has 3 Nexus lanes - any of which can be used by campers. There are no designated camper lanes, Nexus or otherwise... you're just allowed to use whatever lane you want. Maybe at the smaller crossings there are designated RV lanes, but the Peace Arch is a big crossing with about 10 lanes open at peak times, and all can accommodate taller vehicles.
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We found that the main issue is fruit. Like you said, buy it there.

Expect that they will take a look in the trailer, but don't worry about it.

All depends on the mood of the crossing guard.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #19
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just remember yes sir no sir, passports and im sure you will sail through

at most they will xray it
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I travel across the border to the US all the time with my trailer and have for many years. My advice is - do not bring firewood, fresh fruits or vegetables or meat. Everything else should not be an issue and they rarely ask me to go for a secondary inspection or even look in the trailer. Firewood is becoming a big issue due to bugs. I used to bring it all the time but not anymore. It's not the Customs guys and gals but USDA (US Department of Agriculture) that will likely be looking for fruits, vegetable and meat. We have had citrus fruit taken in the past, tomatoes, etc.

If the fruit is labelled or packaged with the country of origin it might be ok, but over time I have found it's not worth the effort. Buy it when you get there.

An interesting note is that while they may confiscate items like whole tomatoes, they are usually ok if they are cut up like in a salad. I guess you would not leave bugs in your salad.

As others have said, be honest, brief and answer questions without a lot of fanfare.
I always take off my sunglasses, put the left rear (tinted) window down as I approach so the officer can see in the back seat, and have my passports open and ready to hand to him/her.

Hope this helps.
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