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Old 09-19-2014, 12:37 PM   #11
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Thanks Ruthe, that helps put things in perspective a bit.

I think it possible that, with months to wait after we placed our order last Spring, I've over-thought just about every aspect of this adventure. ... and then still I will have overlooked something really important. :-) Still, it's so great to have this collective experience and brainpower as a sounding board and source of extensive entertainment.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:21 PM   #12
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Just curious, which License Agency in Marysville?

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The closest one to home for me...I guess it's actually Lake Stevens:

Mail Zone Auto License Center
Getchell Station Area
16410 84th St NE Ste #D
Lake Stevens, WA 98258-9078
Phone: (360) 691-7635

I just went in and said I bought a trailer in Canada and needed registration & plates. I had to help a bit with converting the weight to pounds
They took my word for the exchange rate to get the cost in US dollars to calculate the tax. The location of the trailer never came up during the transaction.
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:09 PM   #13
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Ruthe, if your little problem with that gal was at the Sumas crossing, it sure makes me wonder if we didn't get the same gal. I was expecting a little warmer welcome into Canada than that as she was just shy of mean. Oh well, Reace and Tammy more than made up for it. Loren
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #14
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We crossed into Canada at the I5 crossing six days after picking up our trailer in Sumas. We were asked lots of pointed questions (many about our finances) and both tow vehicle and trailer were thoroughly searched. The border crossing took over an hour, not including the wait time getting to the first booth.

Our crossing into the US at Port Angeles took less than 30 seconds.

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Old 09-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #15
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Similar experience which is opposite from June, when going to the Rally I was welcomed & expedited by Canadian Customs. Coming home was sent to secondary after volunteering an apple and given a lecture...."you're from California- you should know better".- alluding to the citrus quarantine.

This time Canadian customs asked bang bang bang questions, trying to draw an inconsistency and finally let me through. Then coming back, I still had my Yukon loaded to the gills because ETI won't let you put a pencil in for crossing, I was sure I was going to secondary. Especially since the previous 7 cars had to all open their trunks for inspection. When interviewed I said my trailer had just crossed ahead of me(I didn't see it-just assumed) and when asked about all the stuff(had to roll down passenger window), stated it was all our camping gear. "Have a nice day".

With no license plate I wouldn't want the hassle of trying to return as I do remember coming through Blaine after my second crossing in June and the US guy walking back to look at plate. Luck of the draw? They have a lot of inside info-that we all know!
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:04 AM   #16
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If anything looks odd they will detain you we often have issues moving horses over the boarder . I always try to do everything right and have all the health papers for the horses and rabies certs for my dogs sun glasses off ... So it all goes smoothly.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:47 PM   #17
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Got the paperwork from Tammy on Saturday, took it to the DMV here in Gig Harbor this morning. Wrote a large check, brought home our new license plate! :-) Now we just have to go up to Chilliwack next week and get a trailer to go with the new plate. With luck, will head back into Abbotsford for a Valley Driving School lesson... then toddle on down the road toward home.
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:37 PM   #18
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Sweet! Hope you get a break in the weather...
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Just saw this thread now -- and Loren, yes, our issue was at the border crossing in Sumas. Funny how it's all blending into the past and starting to seem funny.
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Got the paperwork from Tammy on Saturday, took it to the DMV here in Gig Harbor this morning. Wrote a large check, brought home our new license plate! :-) Now we just have to go up to Chilliwack next week and get a trailer to go with the new plate. With luck, will head back into Abbotsford for a Valley Driving School lesson... then toddle on down the road toward home.
Hi drpaddle,
So exciting to read all of your experiences getting your new trailer(s). Although we have several (many) months until we pick up our new 5.0 TA, we are thinking of taking that training. I have never driven a towed vehicle and we both thought it would be a good idea for both of us. Can you tell us how the experience was for you with the lesson at Valley Driving School? And how was your first excursion driving it home?
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