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Old 05-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #15
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Do a search on Maryland. Residents have reported that they now require motor homes to stop.
I have been in most other states in the continental U.S. and have never stopped or been chased down for not stopping.
In most states only commercial vehicles have to stop.

I live in Maryland and thats news to me!!! Never seen a RV in a weigh station.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:07 PM   #16
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Haven't heard this one either. I called MD State last month and asked if they knew of anywhere I could weight, and they told me to go to Upper Marlboro scales (the scale closest to the bricks & sticks), park and ask. They didn't say anything about it being a requirement anyway.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:14 PM   #17
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My wife and I are total newbies. We purchased a Thor A.C.E. 29.1 and haven't taken our 1st long trip yet. We were wondering if we are required to run the motorhome through the weigh stations between florida and Montana?

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While you might not need to weigh, you might want to consider weighing empty and then loaded. I have known of people who got a big surprise when they did.

Congrats on your new addition! Hope that you have lots of adventures in it!

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #18
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I live in Maryland and thats news to me!!! Never seen a RV in a weigh station.
I did a search on this forum and found two posts saying stopping at weight stations in MD is required but apparently not enforced.

This is one of them:

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In answer to the original question, the only state I know of that "technically" requires all vehicles over a certain weight (in this case 5 tons) to stop at weigh stations is my dear home state, Maryland. The rule is stated on the MDOT site as follows:

8. What vehicles must go through weigh stations in Maryland?
All vehicles with a gross vehicle weight or gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds must stop at open weigh stations. Only vehicles that are operating in commerce will be subject to a safety inspection.
This is consistent with the signage before the weigh station. However, every RVer who has contacted the state by phone or e-mail (that I have heard of, at least) has been told "don't worry about it, we don't really want you going through our scales, and no one will come after you."
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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However, every RVer who has contacted the state by phone or e-mail (that I have heard of, at least) has been told "don't worry about it, we don't really want you going through our scales, and no one will come after you."
Would that be until one officer has not written on enough slips for that month?
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Would that be until one officer has not written on enough slips for that month?
Yeah the fact that it isn't being enforced now doesn't mean they won't ever enforce it.

I couldn't find it but I recall a post on another forum from a guy in MD saying he was pulled over and made to go back and get weighed.

I really didn't search very hard because I never intend to drive my RV in MD and really don't care.
None of the states I drive in require me to stop so it's not something I care about.
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Yes, I have seen and have been pulled into the weigh station on I-10 near the Suwannee River, which is separate from the Agricultural Check Station. And no, they did not weigh my rig. I also had my diesel tank dipped for agricultural fuel use, at the same location at a different time. Perhaps the inspectors were bored. As I said, the requirement is not full-time, but only when indicated on the orange VMS displays they roll in on trailers. My guess is that it's a Homeland Security thing.
So you weren't pulled in for weighing, but rather for specific agricultural or fuel tax checks. That can happen anywhere in the country for something special going on. If it was a HomeLand security thing you would see the Border Patrol - we going through those check points each year on our way to Arizona and that is an "EVERYONE" stop, not just trucks and RVs. The fuel check would be for everyone with diesel engines, etc. Lots of specific checks can be happening and those will be sign specific. The question was about commercial weigh stations and what the normal procedure is - which is to drive on.

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