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steved28

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Posted: 11/10/03 05:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the criteria for having to stop at highway weigh stations?

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Posted: 11/10/03 05:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have only traveled about 18 states but have never had to go in the truck scale lane.


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Steve,

We have driven from Maine to Florida with no requirements to stop at a weigh station. Not sure about the Midwest or West.


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Posted: 11/10/03 05:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have an RV, no need to stop.


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Posted: 11/10/03 05:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do a search in this forum. We just hit this . Scales are for commercial vehicles only.


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I have been an RVer for over 20 years. I have never stopped at a scale in any of the lower 48 states or in Alaska or Canada. No problems at all. I would never stop unless I saw a sign that specifically stated that RV's were to pull in, or unless a trooper were to single me out and instruct me to pull through.

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There may be a message for us here. Guess there are lots of the big trucks which can be overloaded to the point that they damage the hiway. Sadly to say, I think a lot of our RV's just bust when we get a little too much weight in them. Not at all interested in warfare over the issue but think that much of our stuff is sorta marginal for strength and durability. You buy a car and drive it. You buy a motorhome and first thing off you gotta get all four corners weighed, mess with the tire pressure, buy bigger shocks, add tranny cooling - - on and on. Sure is fun tho!!


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In Calif. they do NOT want pickups, motorhomes, TT and fivers to stop, it clogs up the scales.


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All depends on where you are and the TV.

In Wisconsin, there is a class of truck plates called X-class. They are commonly used by people in the 4x4 community to bypass tire and emission regulations. Those are required to stop at weigh stations if they are pulling a trailer.

Motorhomes do not need to stop, as long as they are registered correctly. I rode shotgun on a 'motorhome' which was actually a standard traveler trailer mounted on a semi-tractors platform where the kingpin originally was. It was registered as a MH and therefore we were not required to stop, even with a 40' trailer in tow. We were pulled over in IL because we blew past a chicken coupe and they were not very happy with us. Once the officer realized this vehicle legally was a MH he let us go on our merry way


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The weigh stations are for commercial vehicles. We have never had to stop at any scales out of the 8 years of RVing. In fact, one friend did stop at a scale once here in Texas, and the DPS officer reamed him and and told him to never do it again, unless he was a commercial vehicle. Needless to say, he has learned his lesson the hard way, but I had told before not to stop, but someone on the CB told him that he needed to stop. Have a nice day.

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