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Old 05-21-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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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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Weigh stations are for commercial vehicles only
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #5
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Thanks so much. One more item off the list before we pack up to go.
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Thanks so much. One more item off the list before we pack up to go.
I am new to Class A also and I was wondering this same thing.

Thanks for asking and for the answers.
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The actual answer is "maybe".

Watch for portable signs before the weigh station that will tell you whether you will have to enter the weigh station. While weigh stations are primarily for commercial vehicles only, some states also require rental trucks, rental vans, and recreational vehicles to enter weigh stations during certain times. Florida does this regularly.
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Have seen signs for commercial and rental trucks but never seen one for RV's !
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The actual answer is "maybe".

Watch for portable signs before the weigh station that will tell you whether you will have to enter the weigh station. While weigh stations are primarily for commercial vehicles only, some states also require rental trucks, rental vans, and recreational vehicles to enter weigh stations during certain times. Florida does this regularly.
Have you been pulled into a truck scale or actually seen a MH or other RV signaled in in Florida? I pass I-10 Marianna and the Alabama state line scales regularly and have never seen an RV in the scale facility. In twenty some years I've never been signaled into a truck scale with MH or other RV.

I have seen RV's pulling into the Agriculture Check stations which are next to but not the scale.
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Just note that Border Patrol and some Ag inspection stations do not exempt RV's in my experience. The key is "All Vehicles Must Stop" signs.
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I was pulling my travel trailer on I10 (Florida/Alabama) I pulled into the weigh station exit and the red X's sent me right back out onto the interstate. Although the signage stated "All trucks must enter". I guess I wasn't driving an "all truck". I did circle around and go into the parking lot and got out and asked the attendant if they would weigh my rig. She gladly gave me instructions, weighed the truck trailer and printed out the results.
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Have you been pulled into a truck scale or actually seen a MH or other RV signaled in in Florida? I pass I-10 Marianna and the Alabama state line scales regularly and have never seen an RV in the scale facility. In twenty some years I've never been signaled into a truck scale with MH or other RV.

I have seen RV's pulling into the Agriculture Check stations which are next to but not the scale.
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.
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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.
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