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Old 08-01-2007, 02:21 PM   #15
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Regarding the inspection of RV's at Florida truck weigh stattions and Agricultural Inspection, I have made a couple of phone calls over to Tallahassee.

I have contacted the Florida Department of Transportation. I was told that RV are NOT required to stop at weigh stations.

I also called the Law Enforcement Division of the Florida Department of Agricuilture. I was told that RV's are NOT required to stop at the agricultural inspection stations.

I think that this information clears up any confusion about this isue in Florida.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:38 PM   #16
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Thanks Brian for clearing this up, well at least in Florida.

On my last trip out of state I didn't stop at the inspection on my way back, because I didn't see any other RV going in. I did stop years ago (1982) when I first came to Florida pulling a camping trailer. The inspector asked a couple of questions and waived us on.

When I saw this thread this morning, I thought I would do a little internet research, and came up with the two references I posted. It's curious that the law on the books says you have to stop. I guess they just don't enforce it anymore.

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Old 08-11-2007, 10:00 PM   #17
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RV's do NOT have to stop at weigh stations. ONLY commercial licenced vehilces. I have a close friend who works for the DOT. I have ask him this very question. The only time an RV would ever be ask to stop anywhere is for OTHER reasons...weight stations is NOT one of them. Ag. inspections at borders...etc. The only reason according to the DOT an RV would ever be weighed is if it was in a wreck and the OVERWEIGHT condition contributed to the accident. This came steight from the DOT officer. I have also ask the STATE Patrol...they gave me the same answers.
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No inspection into California

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That's true when you enter California by road from anywhere. Everyone has to stop. I've never seen a weigh station that requires RV's to stop though. Usually the sign says NO RV's.
We make at least two pilgrimages to California every year - always enter from Oregon via I5 - The agricultural inspection station near Hornibrook has a permanent by-pass for non-commercial vehicles. Our last trip was in May and the by-pass was still there . . .

On our last three trips down to the hobo rally in Blythe, we were waived through the agricultural inspection station along I-10 when returning from Quarzite. Cars & RV's were routed through the left (closed) gates . . .

At this time (unless this has just recently changed) non-commercial vehicles are only subject to an inspection when entering California by land from Mexico.
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The only one I have ever seen that I felt like I should stop at is at the Florida state line on US1/301 coming out of south Georgia. The signage there justs lists "trailers" on the sign - doesn't specify what type, so I always stop to be on the safe side. They have always just waved me thru from inside the station - they never even bother to step outside.
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I traveled 4 times now with the trailer from the Keys to NY and I know the Ag check point very well on Rt95.

THe reason I know it is because a few years back I was driving a 15' box truck it's like a giant van.
I flew right by there the police stopped me in Ga, I may have been going a bit quick.

He blasted me for not stopping made me open up the back door took a quick look and said the following.

If you're carrying anything for resale to others you need a DOT registration, if it's for your own personal use then you don't.

He said it in such a way that I knew I had to answer him "yes all these pet supplies are for my own use"

He was a nice guy and let me go.




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Many years ago when we moved to California, I had to stop entering CA at the agricultural and neck tie checkpoint. There they looked inside my rented UHaul and asked me if I had any plants/fruit and then asked me for all my neck ties which they took since I would not be needing them in CA! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Didn't wear a tie the 5 years we lived there! Told everyone the above story if they asked.
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... then asked me for all my neck ties which they took since I would not be needing them in CA!
I like that

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Just before crossing Hoover dam is the only place we have ever been stopped and ispected. Same experience as Steve. The officer was real interested in trailer features. Now there are so many Border Patrol stops in the SW I don't even count those anymore. And they have always waved us through.
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George,
Neck ware is pretty uncommon in AZ too. Heck you'd have a hard time getting my younger co-workers to wear real shoes in summer. Flip flops in the office is standard.
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The only one I have ever seen that I felt like I should stop at is at the Florida state line on US1/301 coming out of south Georgia. The signage there justs lists "trailers" on the sign - doesn't specify what type, so I always stop to be on the safe side. They have always just waved me thru from inside the station - they never even bother to step outside.
You are not supposed to stop there.
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On our first trip, a week ago, when we saw a weigh station, the sign said "towed vehicles" must stop. This was in western Colorado on I-70. We didn't know what to do (though it didn't say "towing vehicles"), so we stopped. Everything's automated and you can't see anyone inside the heavily tinted windows of the buildings—maybe no one is there? If you look fast, you can read the weights for each axle—that's handy. I mentioned the grammatical error because it seems from previous posts many state's signs are vague.

We saw signs in a southern state (not Florida) several years ago at weigh stations that said RV's or travel trailers or all trailers had to stop and it seemed they really meant it. I didn't have a trailer and never thought I would, so I didn't pay that much attention except to note it was an unusual sign. Maybe it was last spring and it could have been in La, Miss, Ala, or Ga. since we went to see the Atlantic coast.

There used to be an ag. inspection station in Fla. along US 19—I think it was at Chiefland. The sign made it seem everyone had to stop, but no one did, so I didn't either. Last time I was in Fla. was in 2002. Going to Canada they sometimes ask about fruit and whether it's for personal use. And getting on the car ferry to Newfoundland in 2004 they wanted to know if we had any potatoes. I guess there's a potato disease, but nothing much grows in Newfoundland except spruce trees.

Glad to hear I don't have to stop, but it can be a good way to get weighed for free.

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