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Old 05-10-2016, 02:52 PM   #31
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I have never stoped in MD or any other state
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:12 PM   #32
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:30 AM   #33
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From what I understand about the law, the cops don't generally care to take the time to mess with RVers. But as the question was asked prior, about an F150 towing a 7500lb trailer, yes you would have to stop. Your truck is (depending on options) 5,000-6,000 lbs, add 7500 for your trailer, and that puts you in the 12,000 - 14,000 lb range, which exceeds 10,000, which means you have to stop. I would imagine that other than a pop up, just about every other tow vehicle/trailer combo is going to exceed 10,000lbs, or at least be close enough that the cops can technically scrutinize you. My dry trailer weight is 4700 and my truck is around 5500 (putting me at 10,000 before adding any gear), but I haven't stopped and don't intend to. Most of my driving doesn't pass MD weigh stations, fortunately, but there is a VA weigh station that we pass every time we head south. I think its stupid, and I would bet 99.9% of RVers have no idea about Maryland's law.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:41 AM   #34
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From what I understand about the law, the cops don't generally care to take the time to mess with RVers. But as the question was asked prior, about an F150 towing a 7500lb trailer, yes you would have to stop. Your truck is (depending on options) 5,000-6,000 lbs, add 7500 for your trailer, and that puts you in the 12,000 - 14,000 lb range, which exceeds 10,000, which means you have to stop. I would imagine that other than a pop up, just about every other tow vehicle/trailer combo is going to exceed 10,000lbs, or at least be close enough that the cops can technically scrutinize you. My dry trailer weight is 4700 and my truck is around 5500 (putting me at 10,000 before adding any gear), but I haven't stopped and don't intend to. Most of my driving doesn't pass MD weigh stations, fortunately, but there is a VA weigh station that we pass every time we head south. I think its stupid, and I would bet 99.9% of RVers have no idea about Maryland's law.
Thanks. As I said, I don't plan to stop and if a trooper was to chase me down and want to discuss the terms of my surrender I would reluctantly comply.

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I know that Maryland's licensing laws apply to ratings, not actual weights. I don't know how these signs apply.
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Sign doesn't say combined weight. Truck is 5500, trailer is 7500. They are separate vehicles so no stop. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:47 AM   #37
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If you actually READ the laws, many (most?) states set requirements by WEIGHT NOT use (commercial vs passenger etc). By letter of the law, most RVs are technically required to pull in at a weigh station. I know the general consensus is that "it doesn't apply to RVs" but legally if you're over the stated weight, it does apply. Fortunately for RVers, Law Enforcement personnel usually have more serious things than RVers to deal with. That said, in this age of strained budgets, RVs provide easy targets for "Revenue Enhancement". The day may not be far off when elected officials pressure LEOs to cite every violation. If you drive past a weigh station and get pulled over, courtesy and respect on your part might be the deciding factor as to whether you drive away with a warning or, receive a summons. Drive in a safe and respectful manner.
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Lovely. . Going through Maryland Friday. . .guess I'll be pulling in to the weigh station, don't want my PPL license messed with. Ugh
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Lovely. . Going through Maryland Friday. . .guess I'll be pulling in to the weigh station, don't want my PPL license messed with. Ugh
Don't worry about that. If you get a ticket it's a non-moving violation.
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Ok this thread has run its course. Several political and/or offensive posts have been deleted.
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