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RE: Storage below the snow belt

Thanks for the mention of insurance. I had not thought about this. Though it has been several years, when I bought my last sailboat I kept it for three years in Claton, N.Y. It was insured by a Canadian Insurance company but this did not seem to be an issue. (However, I never had to make a claim of any kind). Interesting comment about the registration. Ofcourse I do have my insurance and registration for the Motorhome, car and car dolly with me at all times but we crossed at Ogdensburg a few times this summer and aside from one occasion being pulled over for Tomato Terrorism (I didn't realize that tomatoes are fruitis non gratis) and a 2 minute search by a very apologetic US Costoms agent we have sailed through with little more than "where are you going? How long? Have a nice trip." . For this winter we may just leave the RV in storage in Canada and fly south for a few weeks due to some non RV related issues but this forum certainly has been very helpful and informative. Someone mentioned Myrtle Beach as a destination. How is the weather there over the winter? Any issues with below zero nights and freezing water lines? We've spent several past winters in Myrtle Beach. November is nice month with lots of 60-70 degree days. Typically December/January are in the high 40's and mid-50''s. Things start to warm up in February with some 60's and March can be 60's and some 70's. We've experienced lots of sun but typically windy. Winds can be cool off the ocean even on very warm days. We can usually wear shorts but often need a sweatshirt or light jacket. We do get some freezing temperatures a half dozen or so nights per season where we need to let the water drip-run in the bathroom sink to prevent inlet hose from freezing. Not really an issue. We leave the grey tank open. Sure beats winters in Montreal.
PackerBacker 10/24/16 10:16am Snowbirds
RE: Slide out roof and leaves

I use a cordless leaf blower, works great for my needs.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 06:12pm Travel Trailers

Got an email last night from our friends at MBTP. They returned a week ago Friday to their trailer which is on a campsite. No damage whatsoever to their trailer or to any of our other friends' rv's. They said that the campground is pretty much back to normal and the beach was pretty much the same.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 10:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Storage below the snow belt

I used to bring it home in October and do a turn-around to empty our summer stuff and repack our winter Myrtle Beach stuff before heading south about a week later. This also restarted the 6-month insurance clock. Starting last year we did not bring the trailer south for the winter nor will we do so this year. Family commitments only permit us to be away for about 6 weeks in the winter so we rent a villa in the campground for that time frame. Still get to be with all our friends who camp there all winter. We've always been very clear with both US and Canadian Customs about our trailer being in the US each summer. When had our Class A there, we told them that we actually travel from our campsite to places within the US. Some of our friends who winter in Myrtle Beach have been subject to a county residence fee. Apparently inspectors travel the campgrounds taking photos of vehicle tags. In the all years that we were there we never were subject to any fees. Not sure what their criteria was. I can't remember the amount but I recall it wasn't very much.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 10:01am Snowbirds
RE: Storage below the snow belt

Even with Nexus cards, we always get asked for registrations of both trailer & truck. With the trailer, the cameras cannot pick up either.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 08:23am Snowbirds
RE: Storage below the snow belt

Throughout the summer months, our trailer stays at our seasonal campsite in the NY Adiromdacks. We cross back & forth sometimes several times a week. Over the years we have had questions from both sides of the border about where are stayed and there has never been an issue with stating that our trailer is in the US. We bring in back in the fall. We're obviously not alone doing this, we have several of our friends doing the same thing. I really do not understand the issues with the border. It's nothing we have ever experienced in the almost 11years and 3 different rv's that we done this with.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 07:43am Snowbirds
RE: Storage below the snow belt

The 6 month limit is written within my insurance policy. Perhaps it's different between Quebec and Ontario insurers. ... Eric
PackerBacker 10/23/16 07:03am Snowbirds
RE: Storage below the snow belt

Quote edited out by mod...... We left our rv in the US in storage for several years while we returned for the Christmas season or had to return for family matters. Our Quebec insurance covered ours for up to 6 months at a time. Customs on both sides of the border have never been an issue and as Nexus card holders we always make our intentions clear to avoid any conflict that might hurt the Nexus privilege.
PackerBacker 10/23/16 06:20am Snowbirds
RE: New trailer with slide quetion

I've had several units with large slides and by design they've had a slight downward slope while extended. I'm assuming that is what you mean by sag. Mine typically are extended 5-6 months at a time throughout the summer months. I would never use any form of slide brace or support. My last two units even stated such in their manuals. The only thing I ever do is exercise the slide mechanisms and work the seals a couple times throughout that time frame by moving the slides back in & out. Having said that, it is likely not necessary because many of our friends leave their slides extended 6 months at a time without ever moving them and they have never had issues. Do you have any photos of your slide extended?
PackerBacker 10/22/16 05:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Six month limit for northerners?

Packer backer: Are you confusing the Immigration rules with IRS rules?? Moishehu No I'm not confusing the two. The IRS is the entity that requires completion of the 8840 form with the three year calculation. They do the determination whether or not you would be subject to US taxation requirements. They also acknowledge that you can be a non-resident alien for up to 182 days per calendar year and not be subject to taxable income if they determine that you do not have a closer connection to the US. There is a bunch of criteria the must be met to be declared as a closer connection to the US. Things like US income, permanent residences, owning packages of us real estate etc... can all be items that might be considered. Currently US Immigration ALSO have a 6 month limit to be in the US within a calendar year. They are trying to extend that to 8 months however the IRS are not on broad. The end result perhaps down the road sometime might well be that you can spend 8 months per year in the US but you would likely have to pay income tax for all or a portion of that time. My last meeting with the folks at US Immigration was in the spring and the above is how it was explained to me. I used to Iive and work on both sides of the border with a US work visa and so I got to be extremely familiar with the rules and regulations. ... Eric
PackerBacker 10/20/16 05:05pm Snowbirds
RE: Six month limit for northerners?

The commonmisconception is that Canadians regularly travelling to the U.S. for long stays can spend up to 182 days, or six months, in the U.S without being considered a resident for tax purposes. for people travelling to the U.S. for long stays year after year, it's actually 120 days, or four months, averaged using a special formula over a period of three years.If you average over 120 days, you are required to file a form 8840 to show a closer connection to Canada. Then you are NOT "considered a resident for tax purposes". Correct. You are actually allowed to be in the US for up to 182 days per calendar year (year after year) provided you have completed the 8840 declaration. There are thousands of snowbirds who are doing this and staying in the US legally for up to 6 months.
PackerBacker 10/20/16 10:53am Snowbirds
RE: NASCAR Watkins Glen vs Pocono Raceway

Seen several races at both tracks and my preference is definitely The Glen. Pocono is simply too large and with only 3 corners, the sight lines are poor. At the Glen, we were always up by the inner loop and got to see lots of passing and action. The Glen is also a much better camping experience with a ton of things to do. What section? was it trackside and/or along fence At Pocono we were along the outside wall fence between corner 2 & 3. At the Glen, we were at the exit of the inner loop in the infield. Actually I would second the advice on going to New Hampshire; been there several times for both the summer & fall races and it's a good spectator track. Another great spectator track is the Monster Mile at Dover. ... Eric
PackerBacker 10/13/16 04:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NASCAR Watkins Glen vs Pocono Raceway

Seen several races at both tracks and my preference is definitely The Glen. Pocono is simply too large and with only 3 corners, the sight lines are poor. At the Glen, we were always up by the inner loop and got to see lots of passing and action. The Glen is also a much better camping experience with a ton of things to do.
PackerBacker 10/13/16 11:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Matthew/Myrtle Beach

No, unfortunately we've never had the opportunity to camp there. I've only ever been there many years ago when I used to do business in the area and stayed in hotels. ... Eric
PackerBacker 10/13/16 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: leave roof vents open during winter?

I only close the vents (under MaxxAir covers) during the snow months. Years ago prior to doing this, I found snow had blown in through the vents during heavy wind snow storms.
PackerBacker 10/13/16 10:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Hurricane Matthew/Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Travel Park have provided their status on their website. I haven't checked other area campgrounds but they may have done the same. http://www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com
PackerBacker 10/13/16 06:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winterizing

At city water inlet, remove screen filter (if there is one) and there should be a small 'push' valve (button). Push it using your finger to release water at the check valve. Just don't stand in front of it when you do it if you don't want to get sprayed.
PackerBacker 10/11/16 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Passport book vs Passport card

When we are just going a short distance across the border we just use Nexus. If we are going any distance, we always take passports as well. Same for us.
PackerBacker 10/09/16 05:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Open or closed

We are set up as seasonal through the summer months. I keep black closed and grey open. My trailer has a rinser for the black tank that I use when dumping. My grey is open 5-6 months per year, never had any issues.
PackerBacker 10/07/16 05:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Legalities regarding firearms for bear safety in wilderness?

Here in the east, we can cross bear spray provided it is in a larger format and identified as bear spray. What we cannot cross are the small pocket/purse size pepper sprays.
PackerBacker 10/05/16 05:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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