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Old 04-10-2016, 09:52 PM   #91
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The border crossing blues are a common thing nowadays it seems. I have Global Entry, Nexus, etc, which helps somewhat, but it'd sure be nice if the US border officials were as courteous and professional as their Canadian counterparts.


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Old 04-10-2016, 10:13 PM   #92
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, it always seems coming back is a breeze, and they often seem to want to be helpful.
Somewhat ironically, I wasn't looking forward to arriving at the Canadian border and telling them I'd just come from Baja with my packed truck and loaded trailer.

"Anything to declare" he asks. "Nothing" I say. "Where have you been" "Baja" I say, hoping that wasn't setting me up for a full inspection. "How was it? he asks. "Fantastic, better than I'd hoped for" I say. "I've heard that before, have a nice day" he says.

Robert, without going into it, having Nexus etc. made the situation worse for us. It made us more guilty.

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Old 04-10-2016, 10:18 PM   #93
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After going through Sumas for our orientation/pickup, we went back and forth to Vancouver the rest of the week through Aldergrove. Seemed less busy and they were nice both directions. I don't know why they ask the questions, their equipment can see most everything in your truck and trailer.
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:35 PM   #94
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Somewhat ironically, I wasn't looking forward to arriving at the Canadian border and telling them I'd just come from Baja with my packed truck and loaded trailer.

"Anything to declare" he asks. "Nothing" I say. "Where have you been" "Baja" I say, hoping that wasn't setting me up for a full inspection. "How was it? he asks. "Fantastic, better than I'd hoped for" I say. "I've heard that before, have a nice day" he says.

Robert, without going into it, having Nexus etc. made the situation worse for us. It made us more guilty.

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Old 04-10-2016, 11:44 PM   #95
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1. The local couple that go down every year decided to get a storage place for their trailer and leave it there. Makes driving down and back much easier and cheaper, don't have to take their honking big truck etc.
If one were to leave the tug there as well (or get some local way to tow the trailer), this could also allow a Canadian to travel down (after the first time) and back (except the last time) without entering the United States - and thus without going through U.S. Customs and Immigration. Unfortunately, direct flights between Canada and Mexico are relatively uncommon; many years ago I flew back and forth between Edmonton and Mexico City, and the only non-U.S. routes were one Canadian Airlines flight a "day" (actually at night) from Toronto (yes, wrong side of Canada), and one JAL (yes Japan Air Lines) flight a day from Vancouver. Oh, well, it was an idea...
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:52 PM   #96
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  • Greenbacks OK or best exchanged for Mexican currency?
The greenback is pretty universal but we've always found that using the local currency gets the best price sometimes. As in, sure, I'll take the greenbacks but if you do the math you'll pay less in pesos.
My impression is that this is true in areas dominated by tourism or near the U.S. border. I spent a few weeks in Mexico City, and there neither retail stores nor sidewalk vendors were interested in anything but legitimate Mexican currency... which makes sense to me. I don't know about other parts of the economy.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:42 AM   #97
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If one were to leave the tug there as well (or get some local way to tow the trailer), this could also allow a Canadian to travel down (after the first time) and back (except the last time) without entering the United States - and thus without going through U.S. Customs and Immigration.
In this case and many others, you do get to know some locals and some other folks who are regulars so getting the relatively short tow from storage to beach isn't a problem. Leaving the tow vehicle there full time might be more trouble than it's worth although many Baja regulars have Baja plated vehicles. The only thing that I'd do differently next time, if there is a next time is return via the Mexicali crossing. Maybe go down that way also if the last bit of the paving is completed.

You're right, as soon as you're away from hardcore tourist areas using foreign currency becomes increasingly problematic. For me, I'd rather be in an authentic locale, virtually tourist free, using local currency than be in a tourist area where things are priced in US$.

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Old 04-11-2016, 10:42 AM   #98
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If I become profoundly unhappy with the election results upcoming here I might rent a storage spot in the Baja for my trailer and seek asylum down there 2 months of the year. Of course, I would then declare myself one-sixth Mexican.
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