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Gate Checking a stroller for reborn baby doll

Explorer C

In July I'll be traveling to Utah for the annual ROSE doll show. Its a convention based around realistic baby dolls, which cost thousands of dollars. Us doll collectors use strollers and othe real baby accessories, so of course I'll be taking a stroller to the show. 


My question is, will i be allowed to gate check my stroller, even though my "baby" is a doll? 


I have a layover in phoenix and don't want to be stuck carrying a 6 pound doll, along with my carry on, so having access to my evenflo aura stroller during this time would be helpful. 


If i am allowed to gate check it, is that one of my two checked bag allowances or will I be charged a fee to gate check my stroller?