i went to a CAT scale yesterday. i was hoping there would be someone there to help me. im looking for the best way to weigh my truck and trailer. should i pay to weigh the truck alone then add the trailer? i didnt want to spend all day there. any help would be appreciated.
I did what you mentioned in that I weighed two different times.Once with just the truck and another with the truck and trailer.I went by the local recycler and they gave me the weights for free.One advantage to the cat scales though is they can give you individual weights for each axle.I know they charge but I don't know how much.
I have used a CAT scale at a local truck stop to weigh my truck & 5th wheel, and here is how I do it. Position the rig on the scales so that the truck wheels are on one section, the trailer wheels are on a separate section, and the landing gear can come down on a section different from the truck. (It does not matter if it’s the same section as the trailer). Then call on the speaker for your first weight. Without moving, lower the landing gear until the fifth wheel weight is removed from the truck. (Not necessary to unhook). Then call on the speaker for your second weight. Retract the landing gear and drive off (IMPORTANT). This will cost you about $8.50 and take 10 min at the most. With the scale ticket you can calculate the trailer alone, the truck alone, truck hooked (GVW), total rig (GCW) and the pin weight. Most of these scales have at least 3 or more sections that weigh seperately. Make sure you and all passengers stay on the scale when weighing.
Biga....Charles. Good advice. I've been doing this but I have some questions for you.
When I call in Cat, I want to get back in the drivers seat. Do I have the time to do this?
I went to the Cat scales fuel station and I was surprised to hear that I could not, after weighing the front and rear axles, pull the coach over to one side to check weights on one side of the axle in order to obtain the wheel/tire load. What's your input? Thanks.
Well, I don't know. The speaker box is usually located close enough that you are either standing on the scale, or in my case, the running board of the truck. I have never thought about weighing each side seperately - I guess you could do it but would probably be two different scale charges.
I don't know if they do this anywhere else or not, but if you live anywhere near an interstate highway with a truck scale, you might want to check it out. Here in Everett, WA they leave the Silver Lake truck scales off of I-5 Southbound turned on all the time, even when the scale is "closed". You can drive up and park on the scale and then look in the window of the scale booth to read your weight. Since the scale is closed, you can take your time and get as many readings as you want for free.