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South Dakota has decided, at least for now, to stop inspecting motorhomes as they enter the state.
The state highway patrol decided to stop the inspection program, which began early in February to protect against terrorism, after the policy created a firestorm of e-mail protests in Internet chatrooms. South Dakota campground operators, perhaps, are the group most vehemently opposed to the inspection effort because they worry that it will discourage RV enthusiasts from visiting the state.
South Dakota has erected signs stating “RVs Must Stop” at the state’s entry points, but Highway Patrol Capt. Jim Carpenter said there was no plan to inspect travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers, vans and other vehicles weighing less than 8,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, South Dakota will continue inspecting “commercial vehicles” weighing over 8,000 pounds, but the inspections will not include motorhomes, only trucks, according to Carpenter.
However, Carpenter added that the “RVs Must Stop” signs have been covered, but not removed.
South Dakota apparently is the only state to initiate such an RV inspection program at its borders, according to Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC).