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Old 05-25-2015, 01:04 AM   #21
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Yes today we had to surrender two eggs and a frozen Costco chicken breast to the gloved border guard as we crossed into Vancouver - apparently there is an outbreak of avian flu in the U.S. She was very nice and did not even want to check the contents of the trailer once we surrendered our contraband.
We are at Burnaby a Cariboo RV Park tonight - there is a 17 near us - wonder who?
A month ago crossing south to the US, the border guard asked us what we had in the fridge. When we got to the California tomatoes we bought in Canada at Cosco, he slapped a sticker on our windshield and made us pull over to be inspected. 45 minutes later after handing over both the keys to the car and the trailer, we were told we could go. Of course we couldn't go anywhere till we had straighten out the trailer, putting many things back where they belonged and that included the contents of the fridge.

And the suspect tomatoes that caused all the fuss? Well they were just fine, no problem, the inspector told us.

The moral of the story? Fill your fridge after you cross the border!!
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:38 AM   #22
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The moral of the story? Fill your fridge after you cross the border!!
That's exactly what I plan to do on Wednesday. Other than some canned food, no other food in the trailer.... oh, except the beer and wine
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:12 AM   #23
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[*]In most provinces, it's law that all appliances and pilot lights must be turned off and cylinder valves closed while travelling.
I was going to say.....
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Just based on the quality of the writing, I'm not convinced the author knows what he is talking about.
Anyway, some time ago Jim Bennett did a survey, writing to the ministry of transportation in every province across Canada and determined that there was no law about driving with propane on. There are laws about fueling and ferries.
Imagine all those propane-powered vehicles that couldn't move because their propane was turned off.
.....this.

There is no problem anywhere in Canada travelling with the propane on, with the exception of situations with overriding rules, like tunnels and ferries.

As far as refuelling goes, if you ask many folk for honest answers, most will tell you they don't shut the fridge off when refuelling. Often many (like me), don't even think about it at the time. I have looked for signs at a few stations, and have seen nothing saying to shut RV propane off. You would think they would post it very clearly. I have seen no smoking signs, but there is little difference what the open flame is, with the exception a trailer is much further removed from the refuelling point. Still, it sure would be the best idea to turn any flame off. I wish that trailers could have a simple shut off, without the hassle of relighting, like many bigger mohos have.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:49 AM   #24
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We run with the propane on when traveling and always shut it off at the main when refueling. To date, we have never had to relight the refrigerator when turning the propane on. Every time I check, it has always reset itself and I figured it's because DH pumps the gas pretty darn fast so it's still in the "auto relight" mode.

That said, because we're pretty new at this, we haven't given much thought to tunnels (like the one we went through when heading to Yellowstone last year AND the one up the Oregon coast this year). So glad I caught this post as I will check our route more carefully the next time we start out.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:51 AM   #25
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:53 AM   #26
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That said, because we're pretty new at this, we haven't given much thought to tunnels (like the one we went through when heading to Yellowstone last year AND the one up the Oregon coast this year). So glad I caught this post as I will check our route more carefully the next time we start out.
It is not all tunnels that require the propane be turned off, and the ones that do are very well posted ahead, and at some I have had them do a check before entering. I know that the one in Zion clearly posts the propane be off, and we were checked to confirm once.
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Dear Husband. Not the most common wifey referral for me though.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:02 AM   #30
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Just ran across this site: State Road Laws | RV Trip Wizard? | RV Trip Wizard Inc.. Most of you probably know about this but I thought it might be of interest to other "newbies".
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