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Old 01-02-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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Question for Canadians visiting the U.S.

Hello friends,

Next summer I hope to travel to the southern U.S. for an 8 week trip and leave my truck and trailer in the southern U.S. for the winter. I would then fly home for the winter, returning to the southern U.S. the next summer to do an 8 week trip back to Canada. In total, my truck and trailer would be in the U.S. for around 14 months.

My insurer here in Canada seems Ok with my plans. Anything on the U.S. side that I should be worried about?

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Old 01-02-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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I would think returning across the border into Canada with your vehicle & trailer after a year may be awkward...
On the way into the U.S. they'll ask how long you plan to be in the states. On the way back it may seem that you've been in the U.S. over a year. At the very least, your truck and trailer have been out of your possession/control for a year. There may be ownership/import questions/issues and, at the very least, a VERY thorough search of both units.

Most of the time border crossing between Canada & the U.S. has been routine and dull. BUT, on a couple of occasions, the guards/customs officers have been a royal P.I.A.

There may be some documents you could fill out on the way into the U.S. that would assure Canada that you are bringing back the same property you left with a year earlier.

[Oops! Didn't notice you were asking Canadians.]
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:57 PM   #3
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I don't think you'll have any problems, you will be able to show customs in writing just what you've done and your not the only ones that do this every year.
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X2 Lots of people from Canada leave trailers in the South for extended periods of time.
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... your not the only ones that do this every year.
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X2 Lots of people from Canada leave trailers in the South for extended periods of time.
My bad. I didn't know... Just had a few 'uncomfortable' border crossings over the years unrelated to the above that would make me cautious.
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. Just had a few 'uncomfortable' border crossings over the years unrelated to the above that would make me cautious.
If you do get questioned at the border for any length of time just don't tell them " Sherm sent you"!!! And you just came from Arizona.
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If you do get questioned at the border for any length of time just don't tell them " Sherm sent you"!!! And you just came from Arizona.
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You can always phone customs office and ask. You may be required to fill out paper work? Maybe keep plane tickets and storage bills to prove you left and came back.
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