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Old 01-19-2014, 02:55 PM   #29
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Just a reminder, in MN and possibly other states, it is a misdemeanor.

"Open Bottle is a misdemeanor crime, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine." See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169A.35

Plan on at least an expensive inconvenience. And maybe increased insurance premium.

Each chooses their own level of risk.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:01 PM   #30
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:12 PM   #31
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What can I say? I like to live on the edge.
Yes. Most LEOs would let it go.

I have a cooler in the storage bay for travel days that says I wont have an issue with a grumpy LEO.

I know some folks that get grumpy with a LEO just for being pulled over.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:23 PM   #32
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Living Life on the Edge - A Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by SarahW

When the mild mannered Sarah ripped the label of the mattress, her world was forever changed.

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What can I say? I like to live on the edge.
Right on - a little common sense goes a long way.

Been RVing for more than 50 years and most often had at least a few beer and some wine in my RV. And this is totally legal in many, perhaps most, places and I have never heard of any RVer being cited for just carrying opened alcohol containers in thier living quarters.

I do not intend to change my habits. So to each his/her own. Do whatever you are comfortable with.
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Well, kind of along the same lines....In the PA. State Parks, as you check in, they ask " Do you have any alcoholic beverages in your RV"? I kind of remember them asking this the last 3 seasons.
I have red plastic solo cups, spill proof cups can and long neck bottle insulated rubber cozies when outdoors. When ever challenged, I respond with "Why do you ask?" [moderator edit]
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The OP simply had a curious question. I appreciate him asking and the resulting conversation. The only dumb question is the one not asked.
I agree. Thanks for saying so. Sometimes a "delete my weird message" button would be handy.
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Living Life on the Edge - A Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by SarahW

When the mild mannered Sarah ripped the label of the mattress, her world was forever changed.

New York Times Best Seller List.
Someday I plan to tug on Superman's cape and spit into the wind. That will be in Chapter 12. Chapter 11, "Getting Bailed Out After Run-in With LEO Searching Motorhome and Other Open Container Adventures."
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I live in MN too. I have to say to be completely legal you would not have it in the cab of the vehicle in any way. It would have to be in a outside /non accessible compartment. I would not risk it myself. They are sticklers on this sort of thing. You may meet the right PO that doesn't care, or you may not. Do you really want to get hung up for weeks while your court date is being made and then spend money on a lawyer. Keep it in a outside compartment is the easiest way.
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If you have a 5er, there is no problem, all the good stuff is in the living quarters, and they need a search warrant to get in the door.
Now going across the borders, that is a different story.
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Check the Minnesota law's definition of "possession". If there are no passengers in the living area of the RV and the open but capped liter of booze is in a galley cabinet I doubt it would be a violation.
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Living Life on the Edge - A Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by SarahW

When the mild mannered Sarah ripped the label of the mattress, her world was forever changed.

New York Times Best Seller List.
Only illegal if you don't eat that tag....it says only to be removed by consumer.... wink wink.
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If you have a 5er, there is no problem, all the good stuff is in the living quarters, and they need a search warrant to get in the door.
Now going across the borders, that is a different story.
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Obviously since we are talking about open containers while driving the main door would be closed. But, I had a friend who was at a public park once and the police walked right in his rig. When he asked them how they could do that they said because it was only the screen door he had shut that is not considered a real door and anytime the door is open on anything they have the right to walk in without a warrant.
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We have been searched entering Canada and back into the US. both times they were very intimidating which I think is their schtick to see if you panic. The US agents confiscated my Wife's oranges and limes last Summer.

Last Summer we came back into the US at Baudette, Mn. and we were the only vehicle in sight. Three came storming out and went through the coach. One told me to open all the compartments. I complied even when he said, "enough".

I really think they had nothing else to do that day, and needed to justify their jobs. There were also two females in the booth. That made five agents sitting there with nothing to do.

We were searched once by the US just because we were driving our Airstream 345 and the agent said he just wanted to see inside.

We were also stopped in Norfolk, Va going into a tunnel because the agents wanted to see the coach.

In all cases there were open bottles of hooch in the cupboard. Nothing said.
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