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Old 03-17-2016, 12:13 PM   #21
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Thanks for the information. Im gathering with my class C, and Bus titled as "Motor Home" with all the seats removed will have no issues crossing the border up north! Headed that way in April!

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Old 03-17-2016, 03:36 PM   #22
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I'm from the great white north and I plan on bringing my rig to 'merica for a few extensive trips. I only have a regular car licence (class 5) because that's all I need for my rig (it has no air brakes and is 2axle). Is there anything I need to do?
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I'm from the great white north and I plan on bringing my rig to 'merica for a few extensive trips. I only have a regular car licence (class 5) because that's all I need for my rig (it has no air brakes and is 2axle). Is there anything I need to do?
I have crossed over from Ontario to Minnesota with our bus , no problems, just don't bring any oranges or dog food.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #24
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Yeaaaaah, we already got oranges and dog food down here.

It gets kind of technical saying what type of license you might need here in the US. As you've read it varies from state to state. I'll be getting the endorsement for two reasons, I do have air brakes and I understand that to cross into Mexico you need a bus endorsement = air brakes endorsement = class "B" license in Oregon. Don't know the classifications for other states or countries, but it comes down to air brakes and/or simply being endorsed for a vehicle of bus size. Usually not complicated.
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:23 PM   #25
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HMMM....

I have visited canada in my converted Eagle.....

RCMP (royal canadian mountable pussies) did about $3k in damage to cabinets, woodwork and flooring before the sent me on my way.

I swore that I would never set foot in Canada again. I lied... After 16 years I did finally return to pick up a used truck that I bought.

They locked me, my Wife, my dog & cat in a room while they screwed with my bus. About two hours. When they were done tearing things up they thanked me for my time and sent me on my way.

It is a good thing that I left my guns at home or I may have gone to jail for shooting a couple of rcmp.

The bright side: I don't have an air brake endorsement and they didn't have a problem with that. (Ontario).

Personally, I will not ever take an RV of any sort to canada again.

I doubt that particular experience is all that typical as I had visited canada dozens of times in my car or pickup with no trouble other that the occasional bad tempered or arrogant border crossing official.

Good luck.
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #26
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we have part of one of our companies in canada.. I get the 3rd degree coming or going.. for a Canadian company!! so now I just refuse... they can keep their cold air and their cold attitude up north as far as im concerned
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:59 PM   #27
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we have part of one of our companies in canada.. I get the 3rd degree coming or going.. for a Canadian company!! so now I just refuse... they can keep their cold air and their cold attitude up north as far as im concerned
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Interesting...

I am generally quiet when it comes to my experiences traveling North. It is good to hear that I am not alone.
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:04 PM   #28
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I'm from the great white north and I plan on bringing my rig to 'merica for a few extensive trips. I only have a regular car licence (class 5) because that's all I need for my rig (it has no air brakes and is 2axle). Is there anything I need to do?
The folks at the border (Canada or US) generally don't care about what license you have.
Sometimes the dot guy is waiting at the border, he might care. But I have never had the dot mess with my bus.
Our Gillig is slightly radioactive however, that often gets the American's attention.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:40 PM   #29
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If your bus has air brakes...you need an air brake endorsement in Canada. The Canadian Rockies are no joke...especially in BC. Try a 10% grade for 5 miles with a couple 14% switchbacks and single lanes...busy traffic and a killer turn at the bottom with a 100 foot river gorge. If you can do that without lighting your tires on fire and swimming...come on down!! you still need an air endorsement no matter where you go.
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If your bus has air brakes...you need an air brake endorsement in Canada. The Canadian Rockies are no joke...especially in BC. Try a 10% grade for 5 miles with a couple 14% switchbacks and single lanes...busy traffic and a killer turn at the bottom with a 100 foot river gorge. If you can do that without lighting your tires on fire and swimming...come on down!! you still need an air endorsement no matter where you go.
No doubt that complying with appropriate regulations is generally considered a good thing.

On occasion I may choose to "bend the rules" a bit. Sometimes I drive 63mph in a 60mph zone or I may even drive a 63' rig through a state with a 60' max. If the states that I regularly drive in required the endorsement I would certainly have it. However, it is not required here.


Amazingly, my air brakes worked fine driving the Rockies, Bitteroot, and San Juan Mountians even without the benefit of an endorsement.
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