Saturday, December 01, 2007

Canadian RVers Complain of U.S. Border Crossing

MISSION TX — It’s a long haul from Canada to South Texas — 2,260 miles from Ottawa to Mission, for example — and the last thing Winter Texans need is a long wait at the U.S.-Canada border while sometimes rude U.S. border agents inspect RVs and other vehicles heading south.

More than 8 percent of Winter Texans in the McAllen-Mission-Harlingen area are Canadian, according to Penny Simpson, director of the Valley Markets and Tourism Research Center at the University of Texas-Pan American. At some area RV parks, though, Canadians account for up to 30 percent of the residents.

Lou Henke, manager of Bentsen Palm RV Resort, also in Mission, spoke of woeful times returning to the United States at International Falls, Minn., from a Canadian fishing trip.

“They’re real snotty,” he said of U.S. customs agents. “And the lines were huge.”
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