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Old 05-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm planning my first motorhome cruise into Canada, Toronto area. I have a pass port, but what surprises might I find? For instance, I don't have external brakes hooked up to my Honda FIT, not required in most staes I go in - required in Canada? What about coming back into the states - is it motorhome friendly?
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Leave any firearms at home. Ontario, will have it's own law with regard to toad brakes , if there is inforcment on out of provence vehicles, I'm not sure. You will need your passport to get back into the USA. Mirror width and the placement of the lane posts; put in place to slow cars and prevent speeding vehicles crashing the border; are a pain, at least from B.C. into Washington they are . I'm considering asking US customs if I can take my M/H through the truck lanes. I'm sure that a member with local knowledge will tell you if there are crossings or times to try and avoid. Those crossings between Ont. and the US are the busiest on the border.

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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Just checked the ON MOT web site. It clearly states "brakes not required for towed motor vehicles". Brakes are required for trailers over 3000 lbs.

Each province/territory has its own rules in this regard, just like each state has.

Most places are MH friendly - have never noticed any difference than travelling in the US.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the great info, that helps. What about a small dog? Are specific papers needed?
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the great info, that helps. What about a small dog? Are specific papers needed?
Just the same as entering the US. You may have to prove the animal has been vaccinated against rabbies. Actually have never been asked that entering Canada but have entering the US but I know sometimes they do ask entering Canada.

So have proof of rabbies vaccination for both directions just in case. We carry copies of the dogs Vac in all of our vehicles at all times just to be safe.

We have nexus cards so we have the docs in our wallets and when you use the Nexus lanes (only at some crossings) there may not be any human contact to ask about the dog papers etc.

Have a good trip.
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Unless you know the regulations in detail, don't take fruit or vegetables into Canada or back into the US as well. The restrictions are quite different in each direction. Meat into Canada is okay but there are some restrictions going into the US. There are some quantity limits into Canada, but unless you have a monster-sized family, you should be okay. We've never, ever been checked on quantities. We find it's just too complicated to take the risk of making an error so never take any fruit or vegetables across in either direction.

If you have dog food, you should declare it but have never had problems going back into Canada, but you MUST declare it going into the US and it must be in he original sealed bag. Make sure your dogs shots are up to date (should do anyway) and have the vacc. papers.

There's alcohol limits into Canada which are very restrictive. Unless you know the rules for sure, it's best to buy in Canada and pay our mafia inspired liquor prices.

If you have to bring any medications, make sure they are all in the original containers from the pharmacy with doctor's name, etc. Just in case you ever happen to be searched. We got searched once into the US for forgetting to declare dog food and you never know what little thing will get you tripped up. Be 100% honest at all times and never try to hide anything, ever. They do occasionally throw some oddball questions at you seemingly out of the blue so you should know everything that you have with you in your RV.

We have all the usual American chain and big box stores here. Most of our TV shows are American. Most of us all drive American trucks and there's a lot of US made cars on the road. You'll find a Wendy's or McDonald's all over the place when you get hungry on the road. You'll feel right at home.

If you have a big, you might try and find out if some of the crossings are easier for bigger RVs. We have one here near Vancouver that is extremely tight to get through. At some of the crossings, they'll send you through the commercial lane which is a LOT easier to get through.

Gas is currently almost 50% more expensive than in the US so fuel up before you get here.

I'm not sure what Americans pay for duty on purchases made here in Canada so you might research that before you go back or what the exemptions/limits are for how long you have been out of the US.

Otherwise, things are pretty straightforward. We cross back and forth across the border all the time and we have a membership in a campground on the US side of the border that we camp at a lot. Except for our dog food incident, we've never had any problems whatsoever. We do have Nexus cards though.

The border folks are usually easier on RV-ers. We're on average, older, wiser and more responsible...
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Pretty much what MyRedRacer said but to include as well.

Speed Limits are in kilometres, not mph. 50 kph = 30 mph which is often the speed limit in urban areas
80 kph is roughly 50 mph and is often secondary hwy posted limit
90 55
100 = 60 and so on. Generally

Fuel is in litres, though not exact, there are roughly 4 litres to 1 US Galllon. If you take the posted price and multiply by 4 you will get a rough idea of what you are paying per gallon for fuel. Get ready for the sticker shock. Prices vary a bit in this country but Toronto is one of the higher places in Canada for fuel prices.

Your bank cards will work in most of our banking machines as will your credit cards. Visa and Mastercard are more common up here than Amex. You may find that some stores don't take the latter.

Other than that, you will find that we are pretty much the same as you guys although generally fewer people.
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Thanks for the info

You guys are great, thanks for your help!

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