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Old 04-26-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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Had my first experience with any police paying attention to me today. Going east on I-40 about 30mi east of Amarillo a trooper saw me and did a U turn. He came up behind me slowly, seemed to check out my trailer plate, then moved up between the trailer and MH to check out connections there. Then pulled up next to me to check my seat belt. I guess no one is immune from scrutiny with a bored trooper :-)
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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No one should be immune.

I was pulled over pulling a worksite office trailer to take home for storage. One axle, iffy tires, no lights from terrible wiring on the trailer. Had a car follow me with hazards, and he stopped me to mainly use for training for other commercial officers. Just got three warnings
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Not complaining a bit. I just thought a bit out of the ordinary that a state trooper would go that far. Of course the traffic was very sparse and he probably had nothing else to do, but at least he was doing his job! I could have been pulling 8,000 lbs with no brakes or no safety chains.
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What were you towing? Trailer? Enclosed? how long?
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Good to see he was looking out for you.

I check other people's RV's as I pass them and as they pass me.
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Speaking of personal attention, we came back into the US from a fishing trip in Canada at the border crossing in Baudette, Mn. As I crossed the river I noticed that the checkpoint looked deserted as there were no other vehicles in sight. Wrong!

Two women in the little office told me to park the rig off to the side and after a few minutes every agent on duty descended on us. Slow day I guess.

There were five of them and they started off sounding quite belligerent. I opened all the compartments for two of them while three went inside and searched the entire coach. They confiscated all of my Wife's lemons and lime and they even threatened to take her plastic fruit.

Well, they found nothing more than the highly illegal citrus and with a friendly, "You're good to go," we were sent on our way.

We've crossed many times but that was unique.
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Maybe a trailer or a MH full of e-legals or trafficking in illegal drugs. Or maybe just checking to see if everything is up too par. Just doing his job, maybe it was a slow day as a OP states.
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Had my first experience with any police paying attention to me today. Going east on I-40 about 30mi east of Amarillo a trooper saw me and did a U turn. He came up behind me slowly, seemed to check out my trailer plate, then moved up between the trailer and MH to check out connections there. Then pulled up next to me to check my seat belt. I guess no one is immune from scrutiny with a bored trooper :-)
In FL there are now checking for MT (LLC) plates on the MH and FL plates on the toad. Just had that happen to me and I use to have a MT LLC. Whew! This was explain to us from our dealer on the new MH...we scrapped the second LLC and paid the tax.
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I was stopped one night in Texas, (at 3 A.M.), because my license plate light bulb was burned out.
The state trooper let me go with a verbal warning, (no citation, no warning ticket).
I think he was lonely, (it was a slow night with no speeders, criminals, or dogs, to chase)!
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #11
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Last Feb. we were traveling along I40 out of Bakersfield headed to the Avi Casino. We had stopped for fuel at a truck stop and when leaving there was a dip between the parking lot and the road, and my hitch and tow bar dragged for a brief second. I stopped and checked everything out and all seemed ok.
A hr or so later it was dark and all of a sudden I have a CHP behind me with his lights on. I had no lights on the back of my toad or coach. He gave me a warning ticket and told me I could carry on with my hazards on. Evidently I had rubbed the light cord when I dragged.
The following week I was leaving the area and had to have them verify that it was repaired so I stopped at the CHP office in Needles Ca. The officer came out and checked it and I said thank you to him and also to the officer that stopped me. He was very polite and helpful, and I don't think you often hear that from people.

He turned to me and said thank you and proceeded to tell me a story about a few years ago that he had stopped a motorhome for a burned out light. While he was walking around this coach he could hear some cry's from the inside. He calmly told the driver that he was going to write a warning ticket and went to his car and called for back up. When they entered the coach the found a man tied up and badly beaten that they were taking out to the desert to kill him. Essentially he saved a life by making that stop.
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Non RV story.
A few years ago I was driving a Chevy Nova SS home from the body shop with a fresh new paint job. No bumpers, no wipers etc etc.
Only when a County officer made a speedy U-turn to follow me did I notice my token license plate had fallen down off the inside rear window. Just Great.
I was a couple short blocks from home and he followed me right into the driveway. I knew I was in the clear when his first question was "What engine are you running it it? A 327 ?" Never even checked registration or insurance.
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Generally U-Turns are prohibited but there are exceptions,, in Most of Michigan, for example, U-Turns are allowed.. Provided it is a true U turn (NOT a Y turn) the road is 2-way, and you do not obstruct traffic, and there is no sign saying "NO U TURN".

(What is a Y turn, You start the turn moving forward, then back up then pull forward to complete), Y turns are NOT legal).

NOTE: Many police in Michigan do not know the law specifically allows U-Turns. (There is a story here,, I'm going to skip it for now).

Moral: Check the law.

As for checking your tow gear and seat belt....

I have seen what happens when a trailer parts company with the tow vehicle... Not pretty. Also I've seen what happens with the safety cables hold (Also not pretty but a whole lot better looking. the towed car survived for the most part).

The following is true: Rolled up on an accident, A "Chevy Luv" size pickup full of household goods had rolled,, Truck came to rest on it's wheels, major body wrinkles, mirrors broken but still in drivable condition even doors still worked.

Dad, driving, was tossed from the truck, no seat belt, and had a serious case of "Road Rash", some sprains and may have had a break or two, Transported to hospital.. MOM, also no belt, tossed in the path of the truck and rolled over.. DECEASED, transported to morgue.

Junior, at that time Mi, only had a CHILD restraint.. Minor nicks (Comparable to razor nicks later in life) from flying glass. No injury bad enough to even need a bandaid, Just a wash with a hot wash cloth to stop the bleeding is all. he was, of course, properly belted in.

That trooper, like me, does not like typing the message that starts with the words: Regarding Fatal Accident Number: xx-xxxxx-yr

And, I suspect that like me, He has typed more of those than he cares for.
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Generally U-Turns are prohibited but there are exceptions,, in Most of Michigan, for example, U-Turns are allowed..
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It is interesting that you mentioned U turns.

The night in Texas that I was stopped at 3 AM for a license plate light that didn't work I had just made a U turn, (because I had missed a turn).

I suppose a Wisconsin class C traveling in the middle of the night, driven by a guy that didn't seem to know where he was going , looks mighty suspicious to Texas State Trooper.

Could that be the real reason he pulled me over?

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