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Old 04-08-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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Where to Noodle Around near Chilliwack

Can we pick up our trailer in Chilliwack, or do we need to have ETI bring it across the border for us? We want to hang around for a few days for a shake-down cruise before we start back to TN. Where are some good places to camp near Chilliwack for our maiden voyage? There are some cool events scheduled for Harrison Hot Springs in late summer. Is that a possibility? What did you all do on your first few days?
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:19 PM   #2
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I think one way or the other, the day you take possession it's on the US side of the border. Whether you decide to go back into Canada, that's up to you. But, the trailer has already been imported into the US.


I spent two nights in Lynden, WA... about 15 miles southwest of Sumas at the Cedars RV Resort. It was nice, but I wouldn't recommend it. I remember others mentioning a nearby KOA they liked for those first night(s).
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:31 PM   #3
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I think one way or the other, the day you take possession it's on the US side of the border. Whether you decide to go back into Canada, that's up to you. But, the trailer has already been imported into the US.).
Not really. Your trailer is in Canada if you choose to pick it up your self from ETI. It's only ready for pickup in the US if you arrange to have it there for pick up.
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You have to pick up the trailer in Sumas WA due to export requirements. That is 14 miles from Chilliwack. Once in Washington, we headed for the Safeway Store in Leyden, after unloading our vehicle contents into the trailer, for groceries. We made sure the refrigerator was started during the orientation so it would be cooled down in time for filling. Once stocked up on food items we knew we could cross the border with, we headed back into BC. One more stop at a Canadian grocery for the "banned" items and then Porteau Cove north of Vancouver. This is just off the Sea to Sky Highway and about 1 1/2 hours from Chilliwack.

You do have to cross back (no big deal) and there are myriads of postings here on places to go spend one or a few nights on a shake down. From my experience I did not find Chilliwack to be a culinary hot spot or having a lot going one. I wanted to be camping in an area I had never seen, not spending time in an urban environment. But we all have different measures. We also had a fair amount of work to do as we brought along modifications mostly for our own design of a solar charging system. Even though we were prior owners of an Escape there were enough new and changed items that it took time to research and test.
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I believe that Donna's point is that for sale to a U.S. customer, delivery is in the U.S. so that Escape Trailer Industries can do the exportation to the U.S.; a Canadian customer takes delivery in Canada. In the past U.S. customers would pick up in Chillwack and take it over the border themselves, but administratively that's a substantially different arrangement with implications for both parties, and I think I have heard that Escape will no longer do this.
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ETI handles all of the paperwork for US customers and the customs people at Sumas know them so well that they just show the forms and get flagged through. I think our trailer was the third one the day we got ours. ETI charged a $200 brokerage fee but it was so easy that it was well worth it. I pay a lot more to have my taxes done. My only question would be going back into Canada without the license plate. Loren
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Oh, okay, I thought that Trav was implying that he would like to p/u his trailer in Chilliwack and spend some time there for a shaking-down.
Can US customers no longer do that?
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Oh, okay, I thought that Trav was implying that he would like to p/u his trailer in Chilliwack and spend some time there for a shaking-down.
Can US customers no longer do that?
Yep, sorta Pickup the trailer in Sumas and cross back over the border.

Different rules depending on what side of the border the owner lives. I see Trav lives in Tennessee, that's why my initial response.
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Okay, now I'm confused.
If we were going to answer the OP's question, would we say yes, you can pick up your trailer in Chilliwack (if you have proper documentation) or no, you have to go to Sumas?
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On the Harrison question.

Harrison is a small pretty town, quite touristy. It can get VERY busy on nice summer days and wknds. There are some camp grounds in town and small provincial parks nearby. I think u would want to prebook any CG u want to stay in well in advance. Pretty much anything from Hope to Vancouver will be busy during the summer and require prebooking. Lots of urbanites needing to get out of town competing for limited resources.


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