Ontario has an emissions testing program that forces you to pay for this test every two years. Sherman last passed this test in October of 2010. For a motorhome it costs between $65 and $100 to have this test done.
They want me to do another test in order to provide me with a sticker that expires in February of 2014. This gives us the option of leaving the motorhome in Mexico until the spring of 2013. Just for fun, I looked up the rules regarding extended out of province trips. It turns out that they allow you one 6 month extension without the vehicle being tested. So I could apply for one and then not have to return until the summer of 2014.
But I'm going to phone them on Monday and ask what would the procedure be if the vehicle were out of the country for longer than that. And, hypothetically, lets say I drive down to Mexico with the current sticker and then contact them for an extension AFTER the vehicle is already down there. Will they only give me 6 months? And what happens after that? Do they just tell me I'm out of luck? It will be interesting to hear their story on that. I doubt the authorities in Mexico would care if I was driving with an expired Ontario sticker, but I'd rather be "legal".
Went for a nice bike ride yesterday down to the Ottawa river. Found a nice little spot at the end of a dirt road that would be a perfect boondocking location right by the water with a sandy beach and everything.
Looking across a bay on the Ottawa River towards the town of Arnpior
Zoomed in on the town of Arnprior
After that, did some more work. When I had originally installed the Firestone Air helper springs, I had messed up on running the lines and had them too close to the exhaust manifold. One of them eventually started leaking. Nobodies fault but my own. Since then I have had to adjust them manually. And, I never did mount the compressor and gauge properly, so I tackled that job yesterday. So, now all the airlines are away from sources of heat and the gauge and compressor are mounted in the same bay as two of our house batteries. Everything works great once again and I can now raise or lower the back end at the press of a switch.
Gauge and compressor mounted out of the way.