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RE: North Carolina

Last year it was $2800 tax-in from October 1st to April 1st. Includes water, 50-amp (non-metered), sewer, cable, wifi, plus indoor heated pool. Didn't bring the trailer this past winter but spent February & March in a two bedroom villa for $1,050/ month. Our friends here in Montreal spent January in Sarasota Fl in a similar type villa for over $5,000/month. .. Eric
PackerBacker 05/02/16 01:30pm Snowbirds
RE: North Carolina

Hi Dan, We winter in Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We have thought about Florida on occasion but all our friends are in Myrtle Beach and we've been going there for many years. We also have friends in the Daytona area but their weather hasn't been all that much warmer than our's in the past 2-3 years. Last year we commuted back and forth three times for family reasons and MB is only a 2-day drive. It's also cheaper than Florida to be right along the beach. I guess after all these years we feel at home there. ... Eric
PackerBacker 05/02/16 01:05pm Snowbirds
RE: North Carolina

We've spent several past winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 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. Nights can freeze throughout the winter with most temperatures being 30's & 40'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. Sure beats winters in Montreal.
PackerBacker 05/01/16 09:07pm Snowbirds
RE: Six month limit for northerners?

The rules are actually clear (or at least I thought they were). It has been my observation ever since these forums have been around that some members typically do not want to accept them or think the rules could never apply to them. I'm sure there are members who have offered their opinions as fact when they may have never even bothered to read the rules. This is just my opinion! ... Eric
PackerBacker 05/01/16 11:12am Snowbirds
RE: Help with WDH... Fastway E2 vs Equalizer 4pt

I have no experience with a Fastway but I really like my Equalizer. Over the years I have had a few different hitches and have found the Equalizer to both really level out my setup and control sway. Best advantage is nothing needs to be unhooked to back up, even jack knifing.
PackerBacker 04/30/16 05:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Distilled or Deionized?

I buy whichever I happen to see first.
PackerBacker 04/29/16 12:06pm Travel Trailers
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
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