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Old 03-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #15
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One time I have seen the ag-station manned and they waived us through before I could even find the brake pedal. Both with the car and the motor home (that was on I-10) of course the only time I took fruit over that line it came FROM CA into Az, but hey, they did not know that.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #16
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Taking fruits and veggie out of CA might be a thing of the past with the radiation coming across the Pacific.

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:59 PM   #17
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Thanks to everyone who offered information and advice... especially TW with the radiation comment. I guess we'll limit what we have (it's just the two of us) and deal with whatever we run into. I'm pretty sure the other 47 mainland states grow stuff too but for some reason CA thinks they are more special than those. Two years ago I was forced to buy chains for our Honda mini-van because there was 1/2 inch (max) of snow on the ground. Apparently it was a state furlough day so plows were not in operation SO the MANDITORY chain law. No wonder the state is broke... selling chains instead of welcoming tourists might not be their best interest! Thanks again to everyone.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:22 PM   #18
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I just came through the border station at Needles, and they asked where I came from I told them where and they asked if I had firewood. I came in from Snowflake, Az. This was yesterday 3/18.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:31 PM   #19
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:36 PM   #20
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i just decided that i will take my m/h, and money
and use it in the other 48 states.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:10 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by chiefneon View Post

California the only state in the lower 48 that we have traveled in that they stop you and search your vehicle! We have been stopped several times they have came into our RV and searched it stating to be looking for fruit, plants and animals. Only fruit flies we ever had was from fruit we purchased in California and they didn't search use wanting them back when we left.

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also has agricultural inspections. While they don't stop RVs all of the time, they do have very large signs stating that if you have agricultural, horticultural, or aquacultural products on board, you MUST stop for inspection. When they determine they must inspect RVs, rental trailers, and rental trucks, they place a VMS signboard near the exit stating that ALL TRUCKS, ALL RENTAL TRUCKS, ALL RENTAL TRAILERS, ALL RVS MUST STOP FOR INSPECTION.

Depending upon their mood and how slow things are, if you have a diesel pickup, you may get your tank inspected for the presence of dyed fuel.

From the state of Florida:

In addition to weigh stations, Florida uses Agricultural Inspection Stations. These are normally a few miles before or after the weigh stations. If you do get pulled in to an agricultural check point, they will ask to see your bills or they will ask what you are hauling and where you came from. Depending on your answer they may choose to inspect your load to be sure you don't have any contaminants that will affect Florida's produce and exports.

All rental trucks and vehicles with trailers are required to pull into the agricultural inspections. Vehicles entering Florida will be prohibited from transporting citrus plants but other types of plants are allowed. Florida will require anyone transporting plants or livestock to fill out forms at the agricultural inspection. Florida will send inspectors to the final destination marked on the forms to inspect produce plants.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:17 PM   #22
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Thanks PKMESSER.... my wife and I enjoyed the short ride on Hwy 66. Of course I'm not suggesting you suggested that was the bypass but it worked great! The funny thing is the Cutie oranges we had in our bag came from CA! take care, Don McD
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Angry Bringing fruit into the USA

This is for those travelers that inadvertantly bring certain items into the USA from Mexico. We recently came back from Mexico and brought back one potato, half a dozen eggs and an orange. All these items were bought in the USA. When we got to the border check point in Lukeville az. A real friendly Border agent asked if we had brought any fruits, eggs etc in from Mexico. We replied nothing from Mexico. He politely asked if he could look in our refrigerator and we agreed. He then informed us that we will be fined $100. per infraction. This phony inspector fined us $300. total which he probably pocketed. Travelers beware these guys are out to rob you at any opportunity. He could have easily conficated our huge load of contriband while a known drug delaler was given free rein.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:16 PM   #24
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Both times I have entered Calif in the last two years (from Oregon), the inspectors have come aboard and checked EVERY piece of fruit (and plants) in the MH. I was then allowed to proceed. Because the plant I had was in water vs soil, I was allowed to keep it. Otherwise I would have had to leave it behind.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:13 AM   #25
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Since we are from NJ, we got stopped and the poor girl had to crawl under our coach and look for gypsy moth nests!
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:39 AM   #26
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We just crossed at I-8, Yuma four days ago. There was a mandatory RV check in place; they boarded, gave our dog and plants the once over and confiscated some lemons purchased in Arizona at a retail store(lemon scab). If you own a ferrett---turn back now because it was a specific question they ask. I have to imagine this sort of inspectrion would be consistant at all crossings---otherwise why bother?
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