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Old 08-23-2017, 03:06 PM   #1
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Travel from BC to the USA.

Hi Folks,

We are contemplating a trip down to Moab, I'm an avid mountain biker and the scenery there and the rides are amazing.

What are the does and don'ts of crossing the border with a caravan? Equally what are the important issues when traveling with an out of country trailer in the USA? We are total noobs in this game.

We want to take the Escape, but wondering what do folk do with respect to food when crossing the boarder? Do you load up at home and its all good, or do you head south, essentially bare and stop off at the nearest WholeFoods or Costco and stock up there? any sugestions of where to stock up? When coming back, does one donate or dump opened food stuffs as one heads back to Canada?

I've headed south a few times and always seem to get short straw at the border, not so much recently, but I really don't want us to get turned back.

I notice that the speed limit with trailers seems to be generally set at a max of 50MPH? Not too much of an issue, who really wants to be hurtling along towing, but how vociferous are the cops about speed enforcement?

any tricks/tips/traps guidance will be gratefully received.

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Old 08-23-2017, 03:29 PM   #2
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If you check the border website they have a list of prohibited foods. Basically any fresh fruit or vegetables into the states is not allowed. But as soon as you cross there is a food market to buy these items. Returning is the same, dispose of fresh items and once back into Canada you are on your own. Breads, snacks, milk and eggs are okay. Booze and cigarettes have their own rules. Otherwise, if you pets they need doc's of their shots. Enjoy your trip, we are getting ready to cross for the 4th time this year so it has become routine, so to speak.
California speed limit is 55 for trailers, otherwise in other states you follow the general rule. Make sure your auto insurance is transferrable to the states and you have some sort of road service option, cell phones are different also below the border.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:28 PM   #3
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Travel medical insurance that will cover you in case you're injured while mountain biking.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:41 PM   #4
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Hi Folks,

We want to take the Escape, but wondering what do folk do with respect to food when crossing the boarder? Do you load up at home and its all good, or do you head south, essentially bare and stop off at the nearest WholeFoods or Costco and stock up there? any sugestions of where to stock up? When coming back, does one donate or dump opened food stuffs as one heads back to Canada?


I notice that the speed limit with trailers seems to be generally set at a max of 50MPH? Not too much of an issue, who really wants to be hurtling along towing, but how vociferous are the cops about speed enforcement?


David
We cross very frequently.

Food rarely used to be an issue. Now, more so. You can check their website for allowed and prohibited foods. But it's not foolproof and a mistake, no matter how trivial, will be entered in their data base.

Our policy now is nothing but hard goods when crossing. It's not as if food stores are scarce. And, yes, we have given away fresh stuff before crossing.

Speed limit 50 mph? Uh-oh and I was keeping my speeds this past weekend to no more than 70. Speed limits vary by state. The one that irks me is California's 55 when towing. A little too slow for me to stay in o/d so I'm always speeding.

I've crisscrossed the US multiple times and never ever been stopped or questioned about my "foreign" license plate.

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Old 08-23-2017, 04:58 PM   #5
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cpaharley2008, Ron and Cascadian,

Thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. I'll check the border web site.

As Ron says though, its a bit hit and miss in my experience and depends on the officials you deal with. We'll probably go with the hard goods only. Bit of an issue as we like to pre-pack particularly our meat and freeze it before we load the van.

It takes a while to freeze in the fridge in the van.

Cascadian, I always carry medical insurance when travelling, but have not needed it so far. We see more carnage on the roads than the mountains! I ride quite defensively. Slow and steady not fast and furious, but accidents do happen.

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Old 08-23-2017, 05:17 PM   #6
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Hi Folks,

We are contemplating a trip down to Moab, I'm an avid mountain biker and the scenery there and the rides are amazing.

What are the does and don'ts of crossing the border with a caravan? Equally what are the important issues when traveling with an out of country trailer in the USA? We are total noobs in this game.

We want to take the Escape, but wondering what do folk do with respect to food when crossing the boarder? Do you load up at home and its all good, or do you head south, essentially bare and stop off at the nearest WholeFoods or Costco and stock up there? any sugestions of where to stock up? When coming back, does one donate or dump opened food stuffs as one heads back to Canada?

I've headed south a few times and always seem to get short straw at the border, not so much recently, but I really don't want us to get turned back.

I notice that the speed limit with trailers seems to be generally set at a max of 50MPH? Not too much of an issue, who really wants to be hurtling along towing, but how vociferous are the cops about speed enforcement?

any tricks/tips/traps guidance will be gratefully received.

Regards

David
Our small border crossing at Porthill, ID is only open 7am to 11pm and has always been a nice crossing because it is not overly busy. Eastport, ID is a bit busier but nothing like many of the other border crossings. Anyway, if I can do this correctly, I am attaching a pdf of a sheet that Customs and Border Protection provides at these two crossings (their main office is Bonners Ferry, ID).

We often bring back fruits and meats purchased at Creston, BC. This sheet explains the do's and don'ts. One would assume these rules apply to the other crossings (at least between BC and USA) but one never knows for sure.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:20 PM   #7
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just noticed the attachment is too big as a pdf. Will see if it scans in as a jpeg withing the size limits.
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https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...s.-from-canada

What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products? - Food - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

One problem is the list can change without notice.

I recommend a hand written list of fridge/freezer contents and the trailer license plate to hand over if the guard wishes.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:51 PM   #9
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It took a bit to shrink it down to allowable size. Hopefully it is still readable. Good luck in your travels.
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Old 08-23-2017, 06:26 PM   #10
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Speed limit while towing in Washington State is 60 mph. Of course, it seems that speed limits are mere suggestions to some on this forum. But this attitude corroborates the surveys that show that 93 of all drivers think they are above average. Even I remember enough from my statistics class to laugh at that.

I drive the speed limit...a conscious (and conscientious) decision on my part for someone my age.
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