Originally Posted by odinson
Curious how the border guards react to camping vans passing into Canada. It could be all day misery if they decided to search the thing. Any typical SMB campervan stuff that will get you into trouble? Not talking about the usual hooch and smokes stuff.
I was kicking around a tour idea for the summer.
I NEVER had issues going into Canada ("hmm, California? got any guns? how much wine? Me: no guns, um maybe a few bottles of wine. Them: OK, enjoy your trip.")
OTOH, coming back was often a hassle, even in pre-9/11 days. Once a US Customs dork, pondering my CA driver's license, asked me where I lived. "Oakland, California I reply." Him: "But it says you were born in Boston." Me (dumbfounded)"I moved." LONG pause. "Okay, you can go."
Another time I got searched because it was a pohdunk crossing and they seemed to have nothing better to do. About 30 minutes in the little room with the one-way glass. Only to get confronted by the Authoritays with a pill bottle: "Is this yours?" "Yes" "But it says 'Carol' on it.""That's who I live with." (make sure you don't use pill bottles that still have labels for your ibuprofen is the moral of that incident.
Another time I got searched cuz I was carrying chicken wire (we have to use it to encircle the vehicles at many backcountry trailheads or heilpads when in the backcountry climbing for a week or so).
I could go on. I'm an old white guy who doesn't even look like Walter White, so I can't even imagine what it must be like for others. But just smile and nod and answer in monosyllables and they eventually get bored and let you back in.