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Old 04-29-2011, 09:57 AM   #85
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Kevin, when you were stopped for safety inspections, did they check the break away switch function?
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Kevin, when you were stopped for safety inspections, did they check the break away switch function?
The only notation on the inspection report was that the breakaway switch was present and appeared to be wired properly - - in only one inspection, did they actually pull the pin and ask me to pull forward.

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I have been stopped for safety-inspections four times in the past five years.
Kevin, is this common where you live? I've never been stopped for a safety inspection while towing our Airstream and we've been to most states with it.

It has been said that people with Grateful Dead stickers or "Question Authority" bumper stickers get stopped more often. Could that be why?

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I bet some arabic writing on a bumper sticker might get ya inspected, too.
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I bet some arabic writing on a bumper sticker might get ya inspected, too.
Or crossing back to the US from Mexico with bad axles.
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Kevin, is this common where you live? I've never been stopped for a safety inspection while towing our Airstream and we've been to most states with it.

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I have been part of universal safety checks in the following locations:
  • Approximately 75 Miles South of Limon, Colorado on one of the secondary highways.
  • Approximately 60 miles South of Eldon, Iowa on a major secondary highway.
  • Approximately 12 miles East of Cape Girardeau, Missouis on Illinois Highway 3/146.
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P.S.: I may encounter more of these as I travel secondary highways almost exclusively and both of my vehicles are more than a decade old - - and when it is the Cadillac, both vehicles are more than three decades old. In all three cases these locations were along what would likely have been a route that truckers might be traveling to avoid weigh stations on the Interstate Highway system.
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Wouldn't think of pulling out without having my antique McKesh mirrors adorning the TV's doors. Here's a shot out the driver's window on the road that connects the Jackson Centre facility to the I75, on our way home from the Run To The Sun in December 2009.

It was very reassuring to be able to get a good look at what Henri was doing back there. An AS is easy to tow, but if you are about to pull into another lane, I don't see how you could do it without seeing a clear view of what's back there.

The current McKesh is different (cheaper, IMO); JC Whitney sells the old style under a different name (EAGLE, I think) My folks had these and they were very good.

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I have been part of universal safety checks in the following locations:
[LIST][*]Approximately 75 Miles South of Limon, Colorado on one of the secondary highways.
Kevin,

We see the roadside set ups every couple of months except for mid winter. Colorado uses a van, a trooper and a portable weigh station and they set up at a wide spot in the road. They can show up anywhere except the interstates. I've never seen anything but large trucks pulled over.

Has anyone else been pulled over or seen a travel trailer stopped at one of these, or is Kevin a marked man?

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Are travel trailers required to pull into the truck weigh stations? I never do with my construction tandem trailers. I see some signs that say all vehicles with trailers must stop. What about those?
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Kevin,

We see the roadside set ups every couple of months except for mid winter. Colorado uses a van, a trooper and a portable weigh station and they set up at a wide spot in the road. They can show up anywhere except the interstates. I've never seen anything but large trucks pulled over.

Has anyone else been pulled over or seen a travel trailer stopped at one of these, or is Kevin a marked man?

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It must be cause Kevin looks like such a shady character

I have driven almost 600k in the last 12 years or so, most of it towing and most of it on the Interstates taking in 49 states and a good bit of Canada.
The few temporary roadside checks I have encountered I was waved through with out having to stop.
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Are travel trailers required to pull into the truck weigh stations? I never do with my construction tandem trailers. I see some signs that say all vehicles with trailers must stop. What about those?
This is a really gray area no one seems to know the answer to, Even the transport company I pulled for. It is further confused by weight limits etc.
As a general rule we did not stop, other than at some ports of entry out west. Usually if you did pull into a weigh station you were looked at like "What are you doing here".
It pretty much became a judgement call when delivering travel trailers ( we did have signs on the truck).

Maybe once a year I would hear of someone being chased down and getting a ticket but that would represent many thousands of weigh stations being passed.

I have never been stopped while towing, either working or with my own trailer.

With a personal trailer I have never known any one to be ticketed The few times I felt the signs really meant business and did go in, Colorado comes to mind, I would be waved through.
This is another area where each state has it's own laws and Federal regs would be better and consistent
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I found this for Minnesota:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/horse/c...egbrochure.pdf

I don't have any signs on my tow vehicle or on either of my trailers. No commercial plates on anything. I've just never stopped. I'm under 10,000# with my pickup and trailer. With my Airstream, I'll be over, but RV's are exempt. Answered my own question:-)

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I am something of an inspection/safety lane magnet - - if the authorities are running an inspection station, I will be inspected. The most frustrating example was when making a day-trip into Canada about six years ago. I was caravanning with five other Airstreamers and we carpooled in two Suburbans to make a day-trip into Canada from Minnesota - - our friends who were just ahead of us in their Suburban went through the border crossing with no problems - - we weren't so lucky - - we were pulled out for a full inspection that included removing everything from the Suburban and inspecting each of the Rubbermaid totes including those with the stincky slinky and other sewer components - - they even opened the dozen or so boxes that I had accumulated purchasing geodes to display in my minerals cabinet -- enwarpped each geode then replaced it in its box. We were released without question almost three hours later without further explanation.

When my rig was inspected in Colorado it may have been because my Suburban had class D truck license plates at the time. In the other instances all motor vehicles were being inspected. In Illinois it isn't terribly uncommon to have temporary checkpoints established where all vehicles are checked for proof of registration and insuarnce as well as for properly functioning safety equipment - - I manage to encounter at least one of these every year.

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Kevin, please don't ever let me go anywhere with you.

But, if I do have contraband or something unsafe, travel ahead of me to attract the authorities to you.


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