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trnewtown

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I am renting an RV in Everett WA and taking a one way month long trip to Anchorage starting mid April. I have a few questions:

- My starting point (Everett) has a Costco and a Walmart. Are there any things that I should not buy in the US before crossing the border into Canada? For example, eggs, chicken, produce, ...

- I know that mid April is a bit early for this trip. What should I expect in terms of weather, closed campgrounds, and available gas?

- Before I drop off the RV in Anchorage, I will need to get rid of unused food, camping supplies, a marine battery, and other misc stuff. Could you recommend a charity or non-profit in Anchorage that could use these things?

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Your nearly two months early. Almost everything will still be closed. Buy as much food as your going to need. Just as an example you might search for traffic cams in Prince George and see what it looks like.


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I know that heading out in April is a bit early, but at least there won't be much traffic. [emoticon]

My ability to boondock will be hampered by the amount of propane needed for the generator. I plan on buying a marine battery for some smaller power needs, but will still need to plug in at least every four days.

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When we cross the border back into Canada(or going to the US) fresh fruits, eggs, rice, are things not allowed. Check the Canadian Border Service web site to see what else is restricted in the way of food.

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Buy your basic sundries of canned goods, and packaged meal mixes. Plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh in BC as needed, you never know what won't be allowed back into the States till you get to that border crossing. We did have our staple of frozen chile and I had marinated cooked and frozen chicken tenders which were good for salad topping or sandwiches. We did have a couple open bottles of liquor and one unopened 750ml which is more than allowed but as we were through traveling to AK and didn't know anyone in CA which we planned to visit customs agent let it slide, though I was willing to pay any duty. Oh, don't carry more than $10,000 cash with you and that's on our side.


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Stick dog - I don't plan on carrying more than $10K cash with me. I probably need to carry some US and Canadian cash with me for this trip. Will not assume that every place takes credit cards.

Ava - Rice is not allowed? Who knew? Will check the Canadian Border Service site.

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Do not try to take meat, chicken, eggs, vegetables or fruit across board.
Suggest getting most food after you cross. Depending on which crossing and route, stores area available in Canada.
I would suggest getting Canadian dollars at ATMs and not try to find bank to exchange.
Use your credit or debit card for most purchases. Check with your bank to see if they have a Canadian affiliate. Ours does so we pay no foreign fees or ATM fees. We get a kick back on fuel with our credit card, not ATM.

What border crossing are you planning on using? Main I-5 crossing can be a long wait. WSDOT has variable message signs that show crossing times. WA 539 or WA 9 at Sumas. Grocery store across border in Abbotsford or Chilliwack.


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Posted: 03/25/18 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

trnewtown wrote:

Stick dog - I don't plan on carrying more than $10K cash with me. I probably need to carry some US and Canadian cash with me for this trip. Will not assume that every place takes credit cards.

Ava - Rice is not allowed? Who knew? Will check the Canadian Border Service site.


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Posted: 03/25/18 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The processed foods are allowed in Canada, home grown chicken is not, nor is the home grown beef.

If you bought it at Cosco it is good to go to Canada, the Canadians come down and buy their food here everyday.

The better place to shop is Cosco at Burlington or at Bellingham they are both easier to get to than the Everett ones.

Burlington at the George Hopper interchange is the best. It is right by the exit.
The Cosco at Bellingham is just off the Guide Meridian Way, easy on and off.

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Posted: 03/25/18 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll need less that 100.00 in Canadian cash, most places will give cash back on your CC

Do every thing on your CC, allow the CC company make the exchange rate conversion.

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