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Old 03-19-2015, 10:26 PM   #261
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That is a pretty amazing cruising range for sure. Don't know if my heart could
Take paying for 30 or 35 gallons of fuel if or when it goes back to $4.00. When I'm on the road I like to stop about every 150 miles and move around a little and check the trailer. I will go 200 but that's about my limit. My kids will run 300, stop for 5 minutes and drive 300 more. When I was their age I didn't own anything that would go that far without repairs. Pictures of the new 19 and new tow hooked up as the modern combination of the Texas Cannonball are much anticipated.
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I couldn't agree more about the regular stops - its just that our stops (except for 3) weren't at gas stations. We stop about every 200 miles or so, usually at a rest area. Stretch the legs, go to the restroom, walk the dog a bit, have a drink, then back on the road. We set the cruise at the speed limit but we plan to tow about 5 mph slower. This strategy made the 2300 mile trip in 5 days a piece of cake. We've already had a great time and we haven't even picked up Past Tents yet.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:26 PM   #262
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They wanted to see the paperwork on a trailer that you don't have yet? I guess they want to know why you are coming into Canada and that your story checks out. Several other posters including myself have mentioned that the Sumas crossing is pretty strict. Loren
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:36 PM   #263
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:48 PM   #264
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The Border official at the Sumas crossing was VERY thorough, and also asked to see the paperwork for our trailer. He also asked for the dog's vaccination records, which we made sure we had with us.

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Good grief, the boarder official must have had a bad cup of joe, the 2 times I crossed Gonzo th' Dawg stuck his head out the window to say hello and nary a word was said other than to ask where I was from and the purpose of my trip.

Hmmm, did you really look that suspicious?
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Good report Robert. Love to hear how she does towing. Best Western tonight?
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:02 AM   #266
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Maybe it was crossing with a load of gear for a trip to Texas and telling the border guard you were only staying overnight...
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:59 AM   #267
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Good report Robert. Love to hear how she does towing. Best Western tonight?
More like no plate on front except the colored piece of cardboard that says "Leif Johnson Ford" and the temporary paper tag on the back. We have personalized plates but we can't legally attach them until we get the registration documents (sticker) in the mail -- which we won't have until we return to Texas.

We're at the Hampton Inn. I have a ton of HHonors points so it was free.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:07 AM   #268
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We'll be making this trek in late September, so I'm interested in your report, too, Robert. Thanks...
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:24 AM   #269
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More like no plate on front except the colored piece of cardboard that says "Leif Johnson Ford" and the temporary paper tag on the back. We have personalized plates but we can't legally attach them until we get the registration documents (sticker) in the mail -- which we won't have until we return to Texas.
Many years ago I rented a van for a week from Houston, and it had nothing but a paper form taped in the rear window... and I still find this strange. Here, when you register the vehicle you get a plate - always. If you're getting a personalized plate, you get a regular plate to use until the personalized one comes. Law enforcement officers shouldn't be surprised by the paper, but for most people a vehicle here without a real license plate looks suspicious.

We were stopped once when driving by a police officer in B.C. (who had someone else pulled over), because we had no front plate. Once he realized we are from Alberta (where only rear plates are used) there was no problem... but not having the expected plates can always attract attention.
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There is a camera at customs that photographs your front plate and probably runs it while you wait your turn to talk to the agent. Might be another that photographs your rear plate.
Anyway, if you screw up the system by not having a plate, you're going to face more questions.
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