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Old 12-13-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
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How common is it for police/border guards/etc entering your trailer/coach?

How common is it for "officials" to enter trailers and RVs as one travels?

Such as while being pulled over for speeding, immigration checkpoints, etc.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have never had an official enter my RV at any checkpoint. Not even going into Canada. I don't know about the ticket part as I have never been pulled over. Border patrol just asks how many in vehicle, US citizens, have a great day.If they are looking for a fugitive . . . that's a different story
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:09 AM   #3
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It seems like the PERFECT place to hide illegal aliens on the way up from Arizona.

I know we will go through a checkpoint just this side of Yuma this summer, and was wondering if they will pull us to the side and search it inside and out. Which could take HOURS, with all the little cubbies and storage bins.
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Never had is happen personally. When caravaning with my mother; they both forgot their passports in the safe in their RV when re-entering the US. When mom realized this, she opened the door of the truck and was going to start back to the RV. "Barney Fife' put is hand on his gun and told her to stop (mind you, she was about 72 at the time).

He walked to her side of the truck and escorted her to the RV. Entered with her while she retrieved the passports.


We were told to move on (there was absolutely nobody else at the checkpoint and about 12 officers) while they gave a tongue lashing to my Mom and Step Dad.

Needless to say; none of us were impressed with the treatment they received.

Going into Canada was a breeze.
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A border agent went into our RV when we re-entered Canada after an Alaska trip. We did not have to deploy our slides and the only thing searched was our fridge. We're had just driven through a big agricultural area in Canada and they were looking in all the RVs for prohibited produce.
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I've been verbally harassed by American border guards, but never searched even when there was 150 lbs of tools in the trunk.
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30 years ago going into and out of Canada they always went in my camper. Crossing Hoover Dam before the bridge was built they looked in storage compartments but didnt go inside. Other than that never when being stopped.
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We traveled to Canada twice in the last four years. Both times the border police inspected the whole coach. The first time leaving Minnesota and the second time leaving Maine. Full inspections. Took about thirty minutes each time. We had to stand outside of the coach while the officer looked into all the corners of the coach. Not nice.
Coming back into the US was a breeze. Passports, "where are coming from and where are you going", Have a nice day.
Real comfortable to be back in the USA, Do not plan to go to Canada again.
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We traveled to Canada twice in the last four years. Both times the border police inspected the whole coach. The first time leaving Minnesota and the second time leaving Maine. Full inspections. Took about thirty minutes each time. We had to stand outside of the coach while the officer looked into all the corners of the coach. Not nice.
Coming back into the US was a breeze. Passports, "where are coming from and where are you going", Have a nice day.
Real comfortable to be back in the USA, Do not plan to go to Canada again.
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This is what I worry about...I don't want me, wife, dog and cat standing around in Arizona summer heat waiting for the men in blue to dig around my stuff.

It is my home...they may not find anything illegal, but they may find private and embarrassing things. I am sure the wife doesn't want them digging through her underwear drawer.
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We have had both happen. Pass thru after a few questions and RV inspection. The Boarder Patrol only ask questions.
When we went to Hoover Dam they inspected under the RV with mirrors, I needed to open all bays and they done a walk thru looking for bombs.
Now California is another story. The Produce Police got underneath the RV with flashlights, had to open all the bays and they were inside looking in the refrigerator and confiscated all produce not purchased in California. Thought that was strange because they ask if we had been in California before, which was no and did we purchase any produce in California. How could I have purchased any if I had not ever been there.
They have a job to do also and since we are not on a timeline, so what if they inspect.
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Humorous to see the different stories. Guess the moral is you never know what will happen. Key is they can do anything they want at a crossing, they have the legal right to search any and all areas and ask whatever questions they want, so while I have not done it, I would be prepared for anything. Here is a great video of a US-CAN border crossing. Obviously this is the way everybody would like it to go LOL

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How common is it for "officials" to enter trailers and RVs as one travels?
Such as while being pulled over for speeding, immigration checkpoints, etc.
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Although I have been through hundreds of border control checkpoints and agricultural checkpoints my coach has never crossed an international border.
I had an official enter my coach only ONCE...that was at a California agricultural checkpoint, (after entering CA from NV on I-80 in '01).
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Have spent many winters at Texas Gulf Coast. ALWAYS a trip back North, thru one of the border inspection stations. Have had a few dog walk arounds, but usually just the polite questions (citizen?) and then the wave thru. Did see, on one trip back, an elderly couple sitting on a bench, with the entire contents of their RV, furniture, mattress and all, sitting beside it in a pile. Wondered what would happen to them. By the way, you do not have to go across the border to encounter the north-bound check points.
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Into Canada no inspection.

Into USA on board inspection.

So 50% of the time.

Then the officer said, "I cannot let you back into the USA....... You did not sign your passports!"

But he did, after we produced additional ID.
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