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post #11 of 33 Old 04-25-2019, 11:00 PM
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Most insurers require you to have a way to cook, a “bathroom”, bed, electrical power including shore power often, water and waste water storage, and sometimes a minimum GVWR

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Maybe someone in Florida can clarify the exempt vehicles for us.
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So what's involved in the inspection?

Is there a fee? Will there be a search of your van? Is there often a long wait?

I'll stop for the inspection to avoid the hassle that Rich had to endure. But I'd like to be prepared for what I'm in for when I stop, especially if there's a search involved.

Ordered Feb 2018, arrived Sept 2018. 159-inch WB regular length, high top, 3.6L gas, both driver's and passenger-side sliding doors. Planning to lightly camper-ize it for spontaneous and free-spirited travel!
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Just another, of many, reasons to avoid Florida at all costs!

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I live in Florida and have driven mine past inspection stations and have had no problem, but I'm usually on the I95 when I do. Back road cops may be bored. I'm not stopping or consenting to a search. I may print out the statute to arm myself with just in case.

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Seems like a case of an overzealous, misinformed cop to me. How many people in campers (van or otherwise) go in and out of Florida every day? I’m sure none of them stop for inspection, or even are required to. Just a case of a confused cop trying not to look like a dummy after having realized he messed up.

In NH you need to have your vehicles inspected every year (safety & emissions) BUT antique registered vehicles are every two years. I was once stopped drive my antique car by a hot shot local cop because my inspection sticker was the wrong color (NH used to color match plate validation stickers with inspection stickers, both renewed in your birth month). I had the color from the next year it ‘being a two year inspection. When I pointed this out to him he looked at me as if I was FOS. He went back to his cruiser and after a long time he came back to see me and said "Have a good day" turned back around and left! It pays to know the law!

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recently in Florida....entered i95 exited i10
did not stop.....pmc .....only time stop by tribal police on reservation land (canyon de chelly) for speeding got unwritten warning....seemed more interested in alcohol and firearms
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I drove to Florida 3 times last year and never stopped at those stations. I had no idea we were supposed to. I had to stop with my old flatbed because it was over 90” wide...odd reason.
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Thanks for the input folks. Maybe he was bored, I dunno. My van carries a normal registration and has two pop out side windows for camping. He mentioned that they were concerned with illegals in vans, so that may have had a lot to do with it. I doubt he noticed the solar panels on the roof. His inspection was a brief visual. He never touched anything or reached into the van.

From now on I'll stop to be on the safe side. No big deal.


After the stop my wife joked me that we should have brought our daughter (She wanted to come to see her grandma, but the van only has two seats.) I could have told her to show off her seven years of Spanish by greeting the officer as we slid the big door open. My wife is a very stern and repressed church lady, but she was having a giggle fit thinking about that one.


I'll chalk it up as a lesson learned.

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I traveled to Florida a couple of years ago and drove by..... I am NOT a commercial vehicle no matter what they say. Saying I am one is not the same as being one. I DON’T use the vehicle for commercial use and if that is the most important law breaking I might do, I’ll go see the judge! By the way it helps to have a large stack of disheveled paperwork and ask the judge to allow you to represent yourself and that you want to plead innocent and you have evidence to present. It may help if you are a bit discheveled yourself- (think Colombo) No judge is going to hear the case as they just don’t have time for trivial law issues and certainly don’t want to hear a few hours of wacky testimony. A friend of mine has done this twice to good effect. "Case dismissed. Next case."

When I was building my AZ house I rented the largest straight truck I could. It weighed 13,800 lbs and was registered for 25999 lbs to avoid needing a CDL for rental. I loaded it in Vermont with 16,000++ lbs of cargo and headed cross country. It sat on the overloads but handled fine. I drove by “Commercial Weigh Stations” about 10 times in full view of the LE. I had my Explorer in tow so I was very overweight for the registration, not for the truck. No one came out to discuss it. My understanding, if you are not USING it for commercial purpose it isn’t commercial. If stopped Rich is right- "Sorry officer I didn’t understand I won’t let it happen again, thank you for helping me out."

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