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Where can I weigh my trailer? I need the tongue weight and the gross weight of the overall trailer. Anyone know if you can use the highway weigh stations to get a weight? When I am on a trip I pass these all the time. Just going to a scale in-between trips may not get me a good enough weight. Probably get me in the park but that may not be close enough.





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I use the DOT weigh stations all the time. As long as they are closed the scales are generally still on, so you can go and spend as much time as you want getting weights.


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Almost any big truck service centre will have a set of scales. Drive on, holler private truck into the microphone. Go in and pay.


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I usually go to a CAT scale at a local truck stop on the way home. Cost is 7 or 9 bucks, but you can get a second weighing for another dollar.


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jeff0219 wrote:

Where can I weigh my trailer? I need the tongue weight and the gross weight of the overall trailer. Anyone know if you can use the highway weigh stations to get a weight?

Have no clue where in GA you are but there may be a Flying J near you. Check out this link.


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Our local dump (waste management to be pc) has a scale I've used to weigh our truck.


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My small town feed store/ag dealer has a feed mill with platform scales open 24/7. I weigh the trucks front and rear axle seperatly first. Then hook the trailer and repeat each axle on the truck/then truck and trailer/then just trailer while its still hooked.

That will give mw my trucks loaded front and rear axle weights/pin weight/trailer gross axle weight.


Some places where you can weigh your RV:
RVSEF Weight & Tire Safety Program a service offered at many RV rallies and shows
CAT Scales
Weber Son & Service Repair Inc.
Truck stops
Farm co-ops or feed mills
Some sand and gravel yards


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I know the folks at the local grain elevator and have free access there.

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I have used scales at-

-The local dump. I go there on a day when they're not busy, drive on the scale, explain I don't have anything to dump, read the scale for each axle and drive off. This is good for getting truck gross weight and truck and trailer separate axle weights. They don't mind, since it is a quick process that doesn't tie up their scale.

Unhooking the trailer to get a tongue weight would likely piss them off. Coming back later with the truck without the trailer and getting the gross weight of the truck, then comparing to the previous gross weight of the truck with the trailer hooked up, an easy subtraction is made to reveal the tongue weight.

-the local moving van company. This is a pay to use scale. They don't mind fenagling around with unhooking a trailer, so long as there is not a line of trucks waiting to use it. There is never a line of trucks waiting. They charge $10 and provide a certified receipt.

-the local rock quarry. Same as above, so long as there is not a line of trucks waiting.

-the local metal recycler. Similar to the local dump. Always ask permission first.

-commercial truck stop. Same drill as the moving company.

-I stay off the DOT highway scales in CA. They do not want any pickups on their scales and will yell at you if you use them.


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