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RE: Lube for stabilizer jacks

Dry silicone spray.
PackerBacker 04/28/16 04:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is it time to start AK 2017?

If someone wants to start, it should be a new thread entitled Roll Call Alaska 2017 for continuity. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/27/16 08:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Private Campgrounds CRA Taxation Issues

The initial link was identified as a flash plugin for me (and I removed flash from my system). May depend on your browser and system I guess. I prefer to read the news anyway :) ...... Thanks
PackerBacker 04/27/16 09:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Private Campgrounds CRA Taxation Issues

Well if a campground is not a small business.....what is it? I've been in some that have been a big business. but you gotta support that "free" medical care you get. bumpy Bumpy, most of us Canadians realize that our 'free' medical care has never been free (but I digress!). What we don't know is how the taxation has always been treated, i.e. Is this a sudden change or has there been some dialogue in the background that we are not aware of. If this is indeed a 'new' requirement then I can imagine that the average small sized campgrounds might be hard pressed to just swallow the additional taxes. As campgrounds in Canada are a typical 5-month business at best, I'm guessing there is not a ton of margin in their financial structure. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/27/16 09:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Private Campgrounds CRA Taxation Issues

For those that can't or choose not to watch FLASH videos, the information can be read at http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/cra-says-private-campgrounds-not-eligible-for-small-business-tax-rate-1.2876452 I didn't think it was in Flash since my system can't use Flash. :h ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/27/16 08:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Private Campgrounds CRA Taxation Issues

Looks like the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) have been hitting private campground with higher rates. This could well have an effect on pricing and might even force some campgrounds to shut down. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2876499
PackerBacker 04/27/16 06:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Removing tires

My local rv repair shop where I get my work done takes both off one side at a time.
PackerBacker 04/27/16 04:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Beware the taxman

I just don't get why someone would limit their stay in the US to 120 days. To avoid filling out a 5-minute form? I don't get it. It quite simple, if you have sufficient holdings within the US you might fail the test for being an exception to having a closer connection to the US. If you stay year after year for more than 120 days then you will likely be required to file the 8840 form based upon the 3 year formula. Failing to do so could subject you to a fine of up to $10,000 according to US Customs & Immigration. Once you complete the 8840 form and the IRS determines that you have a closer connection to the US because of your holdings or physical residences then you could be subject to US taxation. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/26/16 10:10am Snowbirds
RE: Seasonal camping battery question

We're summer seasonal and have been for many years, I've never removed batteries from any rv that we've had. I just check the water level about every 3 months; usually need to be topped off after 6 months (not much). No issues when we're ready to roll in the fall.
PackerBacker 04/26/16 06:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Six month limit for northerners?

Sort of accurate, we can stay 6 months and must return to Canada for 24 hours before may return to the USA. The 24hrs statement is incorrect. According to US customs agent you need to be in Canada for a minimum of 30 days. Otherwise the US government considers you still in US. Actually it's a total 6 months of days within any specific calendar year. Once you cross over into a new year the 'clock' starts over again; there is no minimum time in Canada from a US Customs & Immigration perspective. Actually PackerBacker, we were under that impression as well regarding 6 months in any one "calendar year" so Jul to Dec and Jan to Jun would be two separate years, two separate 6 months, but we were told that is not the case, and technically doing that we would overstay our allowed time in the USA and be subjected to a 5 year to 10 year ban. Just saying that's what officialdom told us, as we intended to do that when building a house in Fla from early November until Certificate of Occupancy granted June the following year. Just saying that's what we were told when crossing over the border to do just that in November 2009. So I had to fly him back and forth in-between trades so spread it out so he was there when it mattered most during construction, and daughter and I used up some of our time there in-between to keep an eye on things = and we were so glad we were always on site as we oversaw things that caused more than just head. This is not quite the same as I was told at a meeting with US Customs & Immigration in March. I think the difference is that after the initial 6 months, you do need to actually exit the US to restart the clock. That was the way it was when I was working on both sides of the border using a US work visa. My prior comment was really intended for Snowbirds accumulating up to 6 months of days in the US in any given year and who would normally be out of the US for the time in between. You comments are correct for someone who wants to stay in the US for 12 consecutive months over a 2 calendar year period. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/25/16 04:32am Snowbirds
RE: Did you dump your refrigerator and pantry before crossing?

We cross-border shop groceries every week form May thru September. Other than poultry, citrus and root vegetables there is never an issue. Crossed two weeks ago to check our campsite; asked the Canadian agent he indicated there is no problem currently with beef, pork or dairy.
PackerBacker 04/24/16 06:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Six month limit for northerners?

Sort of accurate, we can stay 6 months and must return to Canada for 24 hours before may return to the USA. The 24hrs statement is incorrect. According to US customs agent you need to be in Canada for a minimum of 30 days. Otherwise the US government considers you still in US. Actually it's a total 6 months of days within any specific calendar year. Once you cross over into a new year the 'clock' starts over again; there is no minimum time in Canada from a US Customs & Immigration perspective.
PackerBacker 04/24/16 06:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Beware the taxman

As a follow-up to my post above, I looked at the form last night and decided to fill it out and mail it in. The 120-day option is not very appealing to me; I worked many years up in the Artic and now the less snow I see the better. These days, unfortunately, Big Brother is never too far behind your shoulder. I think that's wise. :C
PackerBacker 04/24/16 11:02am Snowbirds
RE: Beware the taxman

Well, I don't know if this is a wise approach, but I decided to "stay below the radar" and not fill out the form. (I should mention that I spend about 5 months total per year in the US.) If queried at the border, I intend to play dumb and say something like: "Oh yeah, I think I heard something about that...." So far, it hasn't even come up on either entering or leaving the US. Interested to hear your comments, but no trolling please. Good morning. I don't htink the border people care as this has nothing to do with them. This is a Tax issue...namely the IRS. I agree, the border folks are a separate government entity from the IRS and they pretty much do not care about the IRS forms. However at my last meeting with US Customs & Immigration in late March for my a NEXUS renewal, the agent stated that the IRS has access to everyone's travel status now that everything between Canada and the US is digitized. Actually the Immigration folks would like to extend the limit to 8 months for Snowbirds however the IRS have no intention of following suit. As for my wife and I, we stay under the radar by now limiting our US time to under 120 days a year split between some winter time in South Carolina and summer time in the NY Adirondacks.
PackerBacker 04/23/16 11:15am Snowbirds
RE: 7 Pin Problem

Used to happen to me until I used a tie-wrap to hold the plug tight to the open plug cover. Just wrap it around the cover and plug. On mine the integrated brake pin was on top when plugged in and it used to wiggle out ever so slightly. Haven't had a problem since I've been tieing it.
PackerBacker 04/20/16 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Great CBC article; factors influencing Canadians in U.S.

US IRS FORM 8840: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8840.pdf No asset disclosure! The information disclosure is required to adjudicate the "closer connection" status of the individual. The "values" of assets and income of the individual will be pursued in the event the closer connection is determined to be to the USA. Assets are anything that you own. As an example they want to know where your vehicle(s) is located as well as personal belongings. They also want to know where your investments are located; those are all assets.
PackerBacker 04/16/16 03:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Great CBC article; factors influencing Canadians in U.S.

I get a lot of questions when we're in South Carolina about the '120-day' statement that is always being quoted. Many folks do not want to report their financial status or assets on an 8840 form so they actually limit their stays to 120 days or less each year. This is why the Canadian Snowbird Association typically quotes that number as a reference. The issue is that even if you complete an 8840 form and spend only 182 days in the US, your financials/assets could be to a greater degree where the IRS determines that you have a closer connection to the US. If that occurs, you can be levied income tax. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/16/16 11:30am Snowbirds
RE: Camping in your trailer at a...........

I don't recall there being a " quite time" for generators (or music / people) in the infield at Daytona ? . Most of the southern tracks permit genny's overnight depending. I know for a fact that some of the northern tracks have restrictions, Dover for one. ... Eric
PackerBacker 04/16/16 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping in your trailer at a...........

Generators are fine but each track has their own rules relative to operating hours; some tracks have an overnight noise curfew. Typically not a problem for pets.
PackerBacker 04/16/16 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping in your trailer at a...........

We've camped at tracks throughout the mid/eastern US. We usually get to the track on the Thursday and leave on the Monday for a Sunday race or leave on the Sunday after a Saturday night race. I fill my fresh water tank at home and buy water at the track if we need more; tracks all have water trucks roaming around. I also use the mobile pump out service at the track. There are usually four of us and we use our rv for quick navy showers. I also use my genny in the morning for a couple hours to top off the batteries and to make coffee, watch news on the tv etc... We sometimes use the genny in the evening as needed. We've typically not needed to run the ac. I see the OP is from Texas. We've been to Texas Motor Speedway twice, it's a great facility.
PackerBacker 04/16/16 05:09am General RVing Issues
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