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Old 10-31-2020, 05:53 PM   #1
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Ever get pulled over in your motorhome?

So Iím minding my own business in the slow lane of I-80 doing 70 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere between Omaha and Lincoln, NE. I see a trooper in the median and think nothing of it as my radar detector did not go off. About a mile down the road I see him in the center lane a little behind me. I say to myself ĎIs he going to pull me over?í and sure enough the lights go on!

I promptly pull over to the shoulder and roll down my passenger window, pull out my license and wait for his arrival.

Letís set the scenario: Florida plates, solo driver who admittedly looks very disheveled, going westbound away from the warmth of Florida, with a bike rack and single bike on the back, going slow and obeying all the laws.

As I have two sons who are police officers, Iím very supportive of the police and all thatís going through my head is ďI canít wait to tell my sons I got pulled overĒ!

The officer comes to the passenger window and is very polite as he lets me know that I got pulled over because the bike rack is Ďobstructingí my license plate. Hmmm, seems a stretch but Iíll of course cooperate.

I hand him my FL DL and ask him if I can take off my seat belt to search for my insurance and registration. While Iím frantically looking for the docs, I work into the conversation that my sons are officers who tell me to always have my docs handyÖ

Once I hand him the docs, he asks me to step outside the motorhome, asks me if I have any weapons (I had two pocket knives on me) and pats me down. When he asks me to sit in the front seat of the police car, Iím smiling from ear to ear telling him Iím a big fan of Live PD.

His questioning was telling as to its probable true meaning:
1. Can you step out of the RV? -> ďAre you able to get your fat butt out of that seat and exit without falling?Ē
2. Do you own the RV? -> ďYou look way too much like a bum to afford a nice RVĒ.
3. Is that your bike on the back? -> ďThere is no way youíre exercising regularly on that bikeĒ.

From the outside looking in, I admit my story is VERY dubious although it is absolutely true:

I left NJ on Tuesday night (itís now Thursday morning and Iím in NE already). NO I didnít leave from Florida. Iím driving to Ogallala, NE, meeting my son and then driving back to NJ. Iím meeting my son in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He moved to Cody, WY and Iím giving him his clothes and stuff from our NJ house. Yes, Iím doing a 3,000 mile round trip in 4 days.

I wonder if drug mules have similar stories??

Perhaps my situation was so far-fetched he had to believe it. He ran my license, handed me back all my docs and told me to stop at the next rest area to remove the bike rack. I offered to remove it right on the highway and he said no. I thanked him for his dedication to serving others and continued on with my crazy trip.

No harm, no foul. I thought it was interesting that with over 200,000 miles of RV travel, it was the first time I got pulled over!
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:12 PM   #2
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I, like you, respect all law enforcement but pulling you over and asking that you exit the coach while he checks your license and registration is a bit much if all that was wrong is your bike was blocking your tag.
I think a verbal warning and telling you take care of it at the next rest stop would suffice. While he was setting you straight, some clown was probably cruising 85 mph down the other side of the highway.
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:40 PM   #3
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Sounds like a normal interaction to me. He did what he had to do to keep himself safe and you complied. No harm No foul. Kudos to you for doing the right thing.
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:59 PM   #4
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Reminds me of a hot shot load, hauling a old Case tractor through Wisconsin. A cop pulled me over and said a passing motorist called in that my Case tractor had a flat tire. We walked back to the tractor on the flat bed and I showed him the chains were so tight it made the tractor tires look low. He said "OK" he just needed to check it out and he left. He didn't even ask to see any BOL or any paperwork.
That was my strangest pull over!
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Old 10-31-2020, 11:42 PM   #5
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My Hydralift totally blocks my plate. No issues so far, but if I ran into Barney Fife like you did, my only option would be to tape the plate higher on the rear cap, then it wouldn't be lit, which is another problem!
Hopefully that day won't come !
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I got stopped in CA for speeding. Had bought the rig three weeks earlier. Couldn't find my insurance paperwork right away, but did before he finished writing the $460 ticket for 12 over.
Never asked about weapons and the license plates were valid and I had changed the registration via phone.
All he was interested in was writing the ticket for as much as he could.
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Boy amen.... And I would bet that is exactly is what was happening on the other side of the highway..... WOW. sometimes you have to wonder who is out there keeping us S.A.F.E. ????
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With Toll By Plate becoming the norm, hidding plates is becoming a problem.

Any tolls in Nebraska.
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So you do 70 in a 75 with a radar detector?
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Boy amen.... And I would bet that is exactly is what was happening on the other side of the highway..... WOW. sometimes you have to wonder who is out there keeping us S.A.F.E. ????
What was happening on the otherside of the highway?
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Got pulled over years ago - 1975? - in an older 30' A coming north about 10 miles out of Laredo by the border people.

They spent two hours ripping that thing apart, looking for drugs and people. Then they said thanks and left me on the side of the road to re-assemble the mess. Took me hours to rebuild the dinette booth and the bed platforms, and I never did get all of the cabinets back in place securely. They even pulled part of the ceiling down.

Left me with a strong disdain for LEOs that took years to dissipate.

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I got pulled in Arkansas for "weaving" on their crappy freeway. No ticket. Probably wanted to smell my breath. No alcohol.
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No harm, no foul.
I completely support Leo's, except the overzealous type like this one. No reason to pull you out of your vehicle and search you. You showed no attempt deceive him and he was on a power trip. Sad!
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I also support law enforcement but this cop was totally out of line. No reason to get you out of MH to sit in his car. Anything past a warning about the plate and quick check of license, registration and insurance was over the top. Jim.
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