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Old 02-03-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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I-10 Border Patrol Checkpoints

First time traveling I-10 in SW US. I saw an eastbound Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas. What are those of us traveling in RV's expected to do? Show ID, vehicle registration, etc? Do they search your RV?

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Old 02-03-2016, 09:07 PM   #2
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The officer brings you to a stop and looks up at you and asks, "Is there anybody else in the motorhome?" You answer accordingly.

For us, there was nobody else back there, and that is how we answered.

He waved us through. Nothing else.


PS. There were a lot of dogs being walked in and out of the lanes of traffic, sniffing this and that.

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Just pull up to the agent and do what they ask.
we normally just get waved through.
once they asked where we were coming from.

Just dont tell them your in a hurry to deliver a load of weed

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We have always been waved through in the coach. In the toad, have been ask some questions.
Never much else.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:18 PM   #5
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Anytime you are within 150 miles of the international border anywhere you are considered by law to be "in the border area" and CBP can stop you and investigate. The stations you go through along the hiway generally only ask if you are US citizens. Just answer appropriately and you are on your way. If its the fruit and AG inspection crossing into Calif them they might look things over because you are in an RV and may have food stuffs they don't like.
This is unlike in Baja or mainland Mexico where the Federal stops along the hiway WILL go through everything looking for drugs. Never had a problem there either but then again I don't transport drugs (even legal ones from Colorado). Never have , never will. BYW DON'T BRING A GUN TO MEXICO!
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First time traveling I-10 in SW US. I saw an eastbound Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas. What are those of us traveling in RV's expected to do? Show ID, vehicle registration, etc? Do they search your RV?
With them being warned of your arrival, they will have you get out of the coach and either spread eagle on the ground or have you face the coach and have your hands placed on the side, legs spread. The wife will be doing the same thing on the other side of the coach. At this point, they bring in the drug dog to search the coach. They will remove your clothing from the closet and probably turn the pockets inside out. In checking the refer for banned fruits and veggies, the agents have been known to use the contraband to make a sandwich especially if it is close to lunch or dinner time. In the bathroom, it is possible the toothpaste tube might be squirted in the sink, just covering all bases. Just to make sure you are really who you say you are, some questions might be asked of you and the wife such as what was the name of your first grade teacher, or what was the name of your kindergarten school. Could also ask what the color of the house you first lived in.

Don't worry about it, it is a piece of cake.
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Ran into one years ago. Stopped, they asked how many, where from and waved us through.
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Truth be told, they're just looking for donuts

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Personally I find the donut holes to be better than the donuts.
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simple like everyone said
they ask are you a citizen of the US
you answer accordingly
they wave you past...sometimes they chit chat and let the puppy walk around the rig. i usually just wait and chit chat back.
we come up from south texas and they do the dog checks on almost every thing they have time for

once they asked if anyone was in the coach ...I said my wife and pointed to my right and smiled. then my pup stuck her nose out the window to say hi
its not that they are picking on you....they are looking for stuff that is not legal.
most are very friendly and polite, at least to us they are
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We were asked a few questions, they walked a drug sniffing dog around the RV and let us go. It's nothing to worry about.
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First time traveling I-10 in SW US. I saw an eastbound Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas. What are those of us traveling in RV's expected to do? Show ID, vehicle registration, etc? Do they search your RV?
I have passed through 100s of Border Patrol checkpoints.
I let them do whatever they want to do when I am stopped at their stop sign.
Usually they have waved me through after their dog sniffs around the outside of my coach.
Sometimes they ask where I was coming from and sometimes they simply wave me through.
Twice they have boarded my coach and looked around.
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First time traveling I-10 in SW US. I saw an eastbound Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas. What are those of us traveling in RV's expected to do? Show ID, vehicle registration, etc? Do they search your RV?
Unless you are traveling with Willie in the Honey Suckle Rose, they will ask if you are U. S. citizen and just wave you through.

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