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Old 07-07-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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Weigh stations

This is our first time going on a trip with any TT. Do you have to go through weigh stations and also the agriculture checks?
We are riding with a 2019 Ram Bighorn 5.7 pulling a 25rrtbl.
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Old 07-07-2020, 08:41 PM   #2
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You don't need to go through the weight stations but will possibly be waved into the agricultural checks.....atleast thats here in California. I was waved into the agriculture check while coming back from Lake Tahoe.
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Old 07-07-2020, 08:47 PM   #3
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Agricultural Inspection Stations

Who Does NOT Have to Stop?

The following vehicles can bypass inspection:
  • Private passenger automobiles with no trailer in tow,
  • Travel trailers,
  • Camping vehicles,
  • Van conversions,
  • Motor homes AND
  • Pickup trucks that have visible access to the entire cargo area and are not carrying agricultural, horticultural or livestock products
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Old 07-08-2020, 08:55 AM   #4
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When I drive through CA going throug the Ag check station has never been an option. Main highway has been coned off.

The one on I-5 in N Cal only lets "runaway" trucks (no brakes) use the highway with even motorcycles having to go through the station.

At least that's the way it was this last January.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:47 AM   #5
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From Iowa to Florida and back we have never pulled into either with our fifth wheel. Never been chased down.
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:02 PM   #6
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All vehicles must stop at the California Ag inspection station, w/b I80 in Truckee. I am usually waved through when pulling my TT. Only once was I asked if I have any fruits.
About 5 yrs ago, I pulled an enclosed cargo trailer through the Ag station. I was required to stop, drop my PU tailgate and open the cargo door on the back of the trailer.
Dont know what he was looking for but it could be for aluminum cans smuggled in for California recycling
Guns, ammo and fireworks are other popular illegal commerce smuggled into california.
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:12 PM   #7
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no, no, no... which is nice. No stopping for 'weigh stations', as those are for COMMERCIAL vehicles only - you'll actually get into more trouble by pulling into them!
Keep driving - you are just a personal car, truck, or anything just like everyone else.
Don't let the word 'Truck' fool you, that's for COMMERCIAL TRUCKS....

no, weigh stations are for commercial vehicles and not anything to do with us 'camping' people, no matter WHAT you happen to be driving. It's your personal vehicle, period. They don't care about you. They don't want you. Please don't bother them. : )

( a few agricultural checks around the states, usually close to the 'border' of another country, might require ALL vehicles to pull thru, but that's a different story, you won't have any option not to anyway )
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:14 PM   #8
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by the way, and to add to the facts, not even the largest of largest MOTORCOACHES have to pull into 'weigh stations', not even the ones I've delivered, brand NEW, from the factories to dealers all over the country.

And, if you do happen to 'see' a camper, fifthwheel, or Travel trailer IN or AT a weigh station, it's more than likely that the unit is being DELIVERED from the factory to a dealer, which IS commercial business, and which means that the tow vehicle IS a commercial truck, and MUST stop there. Otherwise, it could also just be someone 'new' who thought they 'must'!
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