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JnJnKatiebug

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Not in an RV but several years ago when I had my farm I had a pickup load of Watermelons and they waived me in and checked my weight. I thought I would be in trouble as I had abut 4,500# on a 3/4 ton pickup. They told me I was one Watermelon over. I gave them one and moved on. Got up in MO and a cop pulled up behind me and turned on the blue lights. I thought, what did I do now? He walked up and wanted to buy a Watermelon. I gave him one and moved on again.

However; You are not required to stop but they can pull your RV in and check if they want. Most of them don't want to waste their time or yours. I was just over the line in Oklahoma in my car one day and they had a sign out for all trailers, boats and RV's to pull in.


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We race motorcycles and travel all over the eastern US with a fifth-wheel. We also have many friends who make this trip. A bunch of us were stopped after a race in Bristol, VA on I81. Funny, the only ticket issued was to someone pulling with a diesel truck who had offroad diesel in the tank... HUGE fine....


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The only time in many years and many states that we had to go through a weigh station was several years ago when Florica had a Citrus Canker Embargo on outgoing and incomming fruit.

Even then it was not really the weigh station. Agricultural Inspection Service had a chack point set up on the downstream side of the scales and were asking if you had citrus aboard (yes, they were also asking the truck drivers). We were waived through the scales, assured the inspector that we didn't have any froit, and were on the way.

They had BIG temporary signs out advising thet "All trucks, trailers, pickups, vans, and RVs enter weigh station" on the Interstated.


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JnJnKatiebug wrote:

Not in an RV but several years ago when I had my farm I had a pickup load of Watermelons and they waived me in and checked my weight. I thought I would be in trouble as I had abut 4,500# on a 3/4 ton pickup. They told me I was one Watermelon over. I gave them one and moved on. Got up in MO and a cop pulled up behind me and turned on the blue lights. I thought, what did I do now? He walked up and wanted to buy a Watermelon. I gave him one and moved on again.

However; You are not required to stop but they can pull your RV in and check if they want. Most of them don't want to waste their time or yours. I was just over the line in Oklahoma in my car one day and they had a sign out for all trailers, boats and RV's to pull in.


There you go. Carry a few watermelons with you and it's open roads!


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A driver for hire, like a rock star's tour bus being driven by a professional driver is supposed to enter scales s are drivers delivering rvs. Many don't but they're supposed to enter scales.

Driving for hire is the key phrase.

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We never stop at scales. Even though we look like a "truck" (see sig) we are licensed as an RV. Over 75k miles (from AZ to NH, FL to WY) in the last 8 years with no problems.


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You do not need to stop at the scales in Oregon,but they leave them on when they are closed,so you can weigh your rig if you feel like it.I wish all the states did the same thing.
I would not pull in while they are open for business for the truckers.


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The reason the scales are NOT left open in CA is because of the vandalism that takes place when the buildings are unoccupied. Also the reason the buildings are usually behind a fence with barbed wire on the top.

Not unusual to come to work in the morning to find puddles of urine on the ground under the doorknob or feces smeared on the knob BEFORE closing the scales and fencing the buildings. Apparently some truckers ere not happy with our service as CHP officers!

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Just gonna throw in my $0.02 and say that I've seen at least one scale, 6 years ago, where more than just commercial traffic was required to stop. The sign listed several specific types of vehicles including "rental trucks". I don't recall if the list included RVs but I know rental trucks was definitely on there because I was helping a friend move and he had to stop. They checked the vehicle's weight sticker and verified the vehicle wasn't overloaded.

I think a safe rule of thumb is to assume that the scales are for commercial vehicles only unless otherwise indicated but pay attention to the signs. You may run thru some county that's making a revenue grab looking for overweight vehicles of all types.

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Technically in Maryland, you are supposed to go into the stations. I pass them by all the time. This subject comes up about twice a year here. Some people have been scolded for pulling in. I think there was one person with a MH in MD that passed by and got pulled over by MSP. They just said "I thought that was for commercial trucks only". They were directed to turn around and go back and get weighed.

I think if you passed them by and feined ignorance while being polite, most LEOs would just have you go back and get weighed.


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