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  • Have you crossed the border into Canada?

    If you have crossed the border into Canada, what was your experience? Do you have any tips?

    We have a 2 week + trip coming up soon. Just trying to make sure all the bases are covered!

    Thank you!

    Eric
    Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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    Make sure you have your passports and no guns without prior approval of the Canadian Government. Crossing should not be a big deal, but it could be time consuming depending on the number of vehicles ahead of you in line. They will ask some chit chat questions. Most of the time they care more about your demeanor while answering than they do the answers. If you have a pet, have their medical records available for inspection if asked. Getting back to the United States will probably be more thorough and time consuming than crossing into Canada. Last time we came across at Niagara Falls, we were directed to park our rig and go into the customs office. Two officers took our keys and inspected our rig while we were directed to remain in the office. Nothing was found and we were on our way, but the process took a little over an hour. After 9/11 these custom folks are all strictly business.
    Don Lee
    Full timing with a Madison, SD domicile.

    2012 Ford F350 Lariat - DRW 6.7L Diesel
    2016 Montana Legacy 3720RL with 8 - 150w solar panels, charging three lithium ion smart batteries, 2800w inverter.

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    • #3
      We did a couple summers ago. 100 questions and a search of truck and camper. I have NRA stickers on truck and camper so they were suspicious

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      • #4
        I would have to remember to leave my "weapons of mass destruction" at home.

        KOLCB, did they give you the once over because of those NRA stickers?
        2012 - 3400 Montana with paramount package
        2013 - GMC 3500 diesel

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        • #5
          Check both in and out passing as to what you can take as food. I am pretty sure coming into USA (at least out west) that you can't bring citris or most fresh fruit. Going one way or other, fresh meat was also a no no. Don't know if still a restriction or not, but we had to throw out eggs going to Canada, but that was during bird flu issues.
          2012 Silverado 2500
          2013 Mountaineer 362

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Oil Stain View Post
            I would have to remember to leave my "weapons of mass destruction" at home.

            KOLCB, did they give you the once over because of those NRA stickers?
            I don't know. That is what I was told by a fellow in New Hampshire. Coming back in, I was just told welcome home, no hassle

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            • #7
              All good points. We have checked with the CBP website. fresh Vegetables, Some fruits, meats etc are not allowed. We are staying away from those things. What we will bring is frozen cooked foods, frozen vegetable, and canned items. Everything else that we need we will get in Canada and leave what ever we don't use behind.

              Although we are gun owners, we have no plans on bringing them with us. Riled up, my wife is weapon enough!

              I have installed magnetic locks on all the cabinet doors. I need to be able to show whomever is looking how to get into them without destroying them! Hopefully they will allow me to do that!
              Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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              • #8
                I don't know if it's been mentioned, but beer, wine, and liquor is also limited at the border both ways.
                Jim Abernathy
                Holly Springs, NC
                2014 Ram 3500 LaramieĀ® 4x2 diesel dually crew-cab 3.73 axle, Reese R20
                2014 Montana 3402RL, Level UP, G614's, TST 507, Voyger Wireless Backup camera

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                • #9
                  All true!
                  Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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