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Old 05-15-2015, 09:35 PM   #11
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Crossing the border, it's not about your hidden spaces, it's what's in those spaces. Mind your manners, pay attention to the rules for the country and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:39 PM   #12
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Crossing the border, it's not about your hidden spaces, it's what's in those spaces. Mind your manners, pay attention to the rules for the country and you'll be fine.
True, but it's funny that some folks just disregard the rules of the country they enter. If you don't like the rules, don't go!
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:06 PM   #13
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Crossing the border, it's not about your hidden spaces, it's what's in those spaces. Mind your manners, pay attention to the rules for the country and you'll be fine.
Hi Donna,
I grew up living in a small city called St. Clair ,Michigan which is just across the St. Clair River from Canada. I have been in and out of Canada more times then a lot of people and I can tell you for sure a hidden storage compartment is going to get you a good second look. When every I pass through customs it is alway yes sir no sir and 100% honesty I have nothing to hide.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:47 PM   #14
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Back on topic... don't get me wrong, Ron, I think the hidden security space you made is excellent. For now, though, will continue using mine. Has worked well so far-- no border guard would even touch it.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:42 PM   #15
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Now I know why they wear gloves. Nothing like hiding in plain sight.

Of course, as most 19 owners probably know, the space is accessible from the outside hatch looking forward. It's just not accessible from the interior. Well, technically it is, you could open the under bed doors and squirm in to access it, just not very convenient.

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Old 05-19-2015, 07:04 PM   #16
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Just considering doing any of this is going to result in a guilty look when the border agent speaks to you. I would try to wipe it from your mind.
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Just considering doing any of this is going to result in a guilty look when the border agent speaks to you. I would try to wipe it from your mind.
Amen. A hidden space to prevent theft is one thing -- using it to circumvent a border check is quite another.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:52 PM   #18
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I'll be adding a small safe to Ten Forward. Thought it would be in by now. Won't happen before the rally. But, have already decided if I ever cross a US border into a foreign country, I'll make certain the door is open and it will be empty when I cross. Border guards don't give you time to go inside and "rearrange." The safe won't be large... like for "long" stuff, just big enough for cash, camera, etc. I don't want to carry on my body all the time. But secure (and relatively) hidden to prevent walk-away conditions. YMMV
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:49 PM   #19
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Just to be really clear, my "hidden space" isn't there to circumvent any laws, quite the opposite, it's there to comply with storage laws for certain items. A second benefit is keeping the goods safer in the event of a break-in.

Yup, Donna's correct, you don't get a chance to go in and "rearrange" items once they've decided to search you. We found that out when we were busted for having 3 green onions Yep, it's true, we're guilty of having contraband, so embarrassing, but honestly we're still good people. It was, turn over all keys and wait until they'd gone though the truck and trailer. Luckily, only a gentle reminder green onions were on the forbidden list (a copy of which they helpfully gave us)

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Old 05-19-2015, 10:01 PM   #20
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It was, turn over all keys and wait until they'd gone though the truck and trailer.
It seems to me that it would be appropriate and adequate to hand them the keys, with a comment to explain that one fits the compartment inside the cabinet beside the door. It would be clear that you are not hiding anything from them.

You'll probably even get some compliments on the design and installation.
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