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rancherwesttx

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Posted: 01/16/04 08:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wondering if trailers and 5th wheelers had regulations about Truck Weigh Stations and State entry check stations. Sometime I see them stopped and others just go right on by. This has always been a worry of mine when I start my new 5ht wheel experience. Rancherwesttx


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The only time I go into those weigh stations is when it says RV's. If you go into them they get PO'd if your not called in.


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In California you are not to go into a state weight station.

I expect each state differs.


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What states require an RV to stop at a weigh station ?

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are there many wt. or state checks that do post RVs to stop????

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Been through almost every state in the lower 48 and have never stopped or been asked to stop at a weight station.

Did stop at an empty one in Washington State and asked if they would kindly weigh me and they did it but as a favor.


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I would like to be able to stop for free weighing sometimes if I could do that, but have almost never found it is a good idea. Often the lines extend out far onto the highway shoulder and more vehicles in line just create more of a hazzard. Also I imagine the truck drivers are mostly losing money while waiting in line so I'd feel bad wasting their time.

Maybe if you have a class 8 or something you might have to stop to avoid misunderstandings; have no experience with that.

I have read you can stop in some closed weigh stations and see your weight on the scale, but don't have the list of which states where that applies.

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Generally speaking, weigh stations are for commercial vehicles only. Some inspection stations will want all livestock haulers to stop.
I have seen some weigh stations that have weight limitations ("Anything over XXXXXX must stop", usually 26,000 pounds or more).
I have seen some that require anything over 5 axles to stop.
Just read the signs as you approach the station, and usually they will tell you what is required. Many will say "NO PICKUPS".


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Maybe if you have a class 8 or something you might have to stop to avoid misunderstandings; have no experience with that.


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If your towing with a pickup you don't need to stop but if useing anything large I would stop.


If you have an MDT, or larger, truck with which you pull your privately owned RV, you do not need to stop at the weigh stations. That's one of the reasons you'll see almost all privately owned MDT's with something like "Not For Hire," "Private RV Hauler," or some such wording written on the side.

When we were fulltiming, we pulled our fifth wheel with an MDT and never stopped at a weigh station and never had any problems (we had "Not for Hire" written on the side).

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There is not a weigh station out there that is going to get mad at you for stopping.

I have had my wife follow me through with the car when I was bob tail. They just give you a green or wave you throuhg.

If your towing with a pickup you don't need to stop but if useing anything large I would stop.


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