Tips for Easy Border Crossings
▪ If there is no RV/bus lane it may be faster or easier to go through the car lanes. HOWEVER if your mirrors are located at the side and not at the front of your RV, your unit could be too wide for the car lanes. A better move is to look for a bus lane or as a last resort to take the slower moving truck lanes.
▪ Even if your RV is your ‘home’, at the border it is ONLY a vehicle.
▪ Searches only happen occasionally, but if your unit is searched you will be expected to repack it – just like a suitcase as the airport.
▪ Answer the questions asked. A reply to “Do you have any cigarettes?” should not be “I do not smoke.” But also NEVER provide more info than you are asked for.
▪ Have proof of where you call home, especially if your driver’s license and vehicle tags each list different states or provinces.
▪ Do NOT relay to an agent that you are a FULLTIME RVer. Officials feel that if you have no ‘home’ you may have no reason to return to your home country.
▪ Reference to food that you can take across the border - due to new diseases that surface from time to time, the rules of what food – especially meat – that you can have on board differs from day to day. As a result it’s wise to travel north OR south across the border with minimal food in your refrigerator and cupboards.
▪ Citrus fruit is never allowed, but pet food may also be confiscated if it is not in the original bag/container. We simply plan for our first stop at a nearby grocery store.
▪ Practice the Golden Rule Respect and go with the flow.
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