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Old 08-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #21
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We just finished our first trip over the border from BC to Washington for our maiden voyage with our TT. On board we had our fairly new gennie (a Yamaha), so DH decided to declare it at the Cdn. side in case we were questioned on our return trip about it. We also had our 2 dogs, both with their rabies shot papers, and one bearded dragon lizard. We had checked previously on taking Rango with us and found no rules about his species being taken over. We stopped on the Cdn. side to see if there was anything we needed to do about him before crossing. We were told they had no issues and just gave us the papers for the generator. So, off we rolled to the US customs house. I think we stumped them. The guy there had no idea what to do with the lizard issue. No one there did. Mind you, we were crossing at one of the smallest border crossings in BC. Anyways, after having to pull over and wait while they made phone calls, eventually we were given the go ahead. Rango was free and clear to cross over. We got a paper to say he was ours and we were on our way. Going back into Canada, we had a very knowledgeable officer who gave us another paper for Rango so next time we will be all set. Our lizard now has his own special passport!
All this to tell you that they didn't even give the trailer a 2nd look. It's hard to miss at 32 feet, but the lizard was a great decoy!
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #22
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As others have said, I'd plan on getting a search done on the trailer. If not...Wonderful. Otherwise the only thing I know they really get bent out of shape about (either direction) is food. They are usually ok with commercial packaged food, but fresh meat and produce wont make it across. Otherwise, take the sunglasses off and smile. Not too much though as to arouse suspicion
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:45 PM   #23
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I'll just put my 65 year old wife in a bikini.....I bet we get thru FAST...
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:26 PM   #24
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Next time I cross I'm going to say, "Why don't we go back to the trailer and i'll show you my lizard."

I should sail right through...........
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #25
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Next time I cross I'm going to say, "Why don't we go back to the trailer and i'll show you my lizard."

I should sail right through...........
Lol... Good plan. Customs agents are known for their wonderful sense of humor.
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DW and I have crossed the border several times in the last couple of years. Aside from myself needing a waiver for deeds I got caught for over 35 years ago....we generally get the go ahead to cross. They never asked to search the pop-up we had on those trips, just the standard questions regarding Meat/Booze/Cigs and food in general. We also travel with a dog and have her papers at the ready when pulling up to US Customs. Essentially they are very welcoming to RV's. As mentioned above, take off the sunglasses, roll down all windows of your vehicle and believe it or not, open "All" your passports to the photos and hand them to the Customs Officer so he doesn't have to flip through them all. We had one Anal US Official chirp us on how to present them, LOL so we do it that way every time now. Be honest, declare your goods and don't make jokes, it will make your experience much better. If you lie and get caught, you could be banned from crossing again. It's simply not worth it.

We have not crossed over yet with the X20E we picked up this year.
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For you Ontario residents, I've noticed lots of you in MI at our state parks. Which is great don't get me wrong. Welcome! But I've always been curious as to why we see so many. Personally I haven't stayed in an Ontario campground (would like to at some point) so maybe there are an equal number of MI or US residents there but it seems like there are a lot of Canadiens that cross the border to visit our state parks. Is it the exchange rate or cost, just something new/different or does Ontario lack campgrounds, etc? Not bashing ON as I think it's beautiful up there, but I've just wondered why there are always so many because many of the parks we stay at are 6+ hours from the border and it seems like every summer there are more and more.
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DW and I have crossed the border several times in the last couple of years. Aside from myself needing a waiver for deeds I got caught for over 35 years ago....we generally get the go ahead to cross. They never asked to search the pop-up we had on those trips, just the standard questions regarding Meat/Booze/Cigs and food in general. We also travel with a dog and have her papers at the ready when pulling up to US Customs. Essentially they are very welcoming to RV's. As mentioned above, take off the sunglasses, roll down all windows of your vehicle and believe it or not, open "All" your passports to the photos and hand them to the Customs Officer so he doesn't have to flip through them all. We had one Anal US Official chirp us on how to present them, LOL so we do it that way every time now. Be honest, declare your goods and don't make jokes, it will make your experience much better. If you lie and get caught, you could be banned from crossing again. It's simply not worth it.


We have not crossed over yet with the X20E we picked up this year.
I'm sure there are many many amoung us that we're lucky enough not to get caught doing stupid stuff. I could have received many DWI's in the past...over 25 years ago.
Heck we used to train our kids to drive drunk at 16...thanks to The Lord and a great wife I survived.
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Is it the exchange rate or cost, just something new/different or does Ontario lack campgrounds, etc? Not bashing ON as I think it's beautiful up there, but I've just wondered why there are always so many because many of the parks we stay at are 6+ hours from the border and it seems like every summer there are more and more.
All of the above. It costs a fortune to ship stuff from the US to Canada once you add in Brokerage Fees, Shipping and the taxes. For some reason a lot of US Merchants will ship free or low cost to any of the states but as soon as you say Canada it can't be done or it will cost anywhere between $40 and $100+

Shoes are cheap in the US, DW and Daughter love shopping in Watertown and Syracuse.

* Popeyes Chicken (My favorite) None here in Ottawa. LOL

We have fantastic Provincial and National parks. Most sites are Huge and private although there are some that are open and close together but the norm seems to be Huge Sites. You should visit.

Personally I bought a TT to enjoy this great Continent. So much to see just here in Ontario and across Canada..but then so much more to see South of the boarder as well. Virginia/Maine/NY are the main states I go to but I'm eyeballing so much more once I retire.
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I'm sure there are many many amoung us that we're lucky enough not to get caught doing stupid stuff. I could have received many DWI's in the past...over 25 years ago.
Heck we used to train our kids to drive drunk at 16...thanks to The Lord and a great wife I survived.
I have no regrets other than it's a pain in the Ass considering I was 22 then and 53 now... (Guess that makes it 31 years ago, LOL) I was caught selling some weed. go Figure.

Anyway, computers have long memories that is why it's important to be honest with the Customs people on both sides of the border, especially since they share Databases.
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