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I am in Crystal River in the Rock Crusher Canyon rv park until probably next monday or tuesday. I do plan to go over to Melbourne, Fla. to visit relatives and then head north on I-95. I read that I will go thru an inspection station at the Fla/Ga border. I am wondering just what are they looking for and will I normally have to open all of the outside compartments. Many years ago, I went thru the inspeciton station with a travel trailor and if I remember right, the inspection officers only asked a few questions. This time I have a motor home and don't know if it will be different or not. And one more question. I was looking at the NEXT EXIT book and saw a number of walmarts listed, and each of them had a "sc" after the name Walmart. Just what does the sc mean. Thanks for any info

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SC means Super Center (Big Walmart with a grocery store).

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Inspection/Weigh stations, go right by and wave as you're NOT commercial, but Private. JMHO


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Turbo Diesel Dude wrote:

Inspection/Weigh stations, go right by and wave as you're NOT commercial, but Private. JMHO
READ the signs, do NOT just blow by them. Yes, in Florida, they may place a signboard prior to the entrance that requires RVs to stop for inspection. Usually Florida Inspection Stations are NOT part of the scales, but are located close by and operated independently of the scales.


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The Texan wrote:

Turbo Diesel Dude wrote:

Inspection/Weigh stations, go right by and wave as you're NOT commercial, but Private. JMHO
READ the signs, do NOT just blow by them. Yes, in Florida, they may place a signboard prior to the entrance that requires RVs to stop for inspection. Usually Florida Inspection Stations are NOT part of the scales, but are located close by and operated independently of the scales.


X2: We've had to stop at the scale around mile marker 153 or so on I-10 a couple of times over the past 10 years for an RV safety inspection. We've never been asked to scale our rig. You're alerted to the pull over at the electronic truck weigh scale sign on located on the interstate. All we've ever had to do is answer a couple of questions about our rig, the officers look our truck & 5'er over externally paying attention to the truck & trailer tires, they probably run our RV & truck plates to see if they match, and then we're on our way. I think if your rig looks safe and you act like you know what you're doing and it's got current plates & registration, it's as much a nuisance for them as it is for us. Florida is the only state east of Oklahoma that we've ever encountered an RV inspection.

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I was wondering too if the inspectors inquired abut fruits and vegetables or things of that nature.

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Weigh stations and Ag inspection stations are two different things entirely though in some cases they might be in the same location.

Florida agricultural inspection stations are there for plant disease interdiction rather than road protection.

By Applicable Statute, passenger cars and recreational vehicles as defined here aren't automatically subject to inspection and needn't routinely stop.

HOWEVER...

Pickup trucks ARE subject to inspection unless the whole bed area is open to view! (see letter "g" in first link above)
So if one's towing with a bed cap on a pickup stopping at Ag stations is probably at least technically required...


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I just dove on past, no problem. 2004 Monaco Camelot towing 2008 Jeep G C in RV park PCB FLORIDA.
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I guess I didn't make myself completely clear. I really was interested in the Ag inspections moreso than the weigh station. But thanks to everyone for their help.

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If it's an AG Inspection Station......pull in, answer the questions, move on.
If it's a 'weigh station'......move on, wave if you want to.

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