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Posted: 02/26/22 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rick Jay wrote:

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I always thought that the weigh stations only applied to commercial vehicles.

So item #3 in the "Weigh Station Rules" link posted above states:

"Passenger or specialty vehicles that weigh over 10,000 pounds must stop for weighing in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and Pennsylvania."


Once I had 3 of my trucks captured in a county just east of home. My lawyer did not know how things would turn out, so I went to court with her. (Legal tickets, we where stealing. I had promised my hands if they run fat I pay 70% of the fine) But for the sake of discussion, over half of the defendants where guys that did not license their pickup heavy enough for the GCVW of pickup and boat. Now we where all caught by portables, not a scalehouse.



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As for checking if we were over the weight of our tires for safety.... Is that even a possibility? Most of the weigh stations I do see usually have the trucks rolling along and not even stopping. How the heck could they weigh an RV and then make a determination that it was over its axle ratings or tire ratings and was a safety concern.


At any time, a switch can flip, stop part of that line. So the possibility is there. Is it probable? No. Most likely outcome is you get waved thru. But if the LEO thinks you should of stopped, runs you down, the fines or lawyer fees will add up.

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I always assumed that the commercial vehicles had maximum weight ratings specified by the D.O T. for the type of truck and number of axles. They didn't check to see if the rig was "safe" carrying that weight.


Axle spacing is more important than weight rating when it comes to legal weight. When it comes to trucks, (Not tractor/simi-trailer) tire rating is most likely to be issue on steering axle, because everybody has tires on the other axles for the 20,000 limit. But you better believe that the trucks are subject to safety inspection at the scale. If weight watcher sees number on the scale that looks big for the size of your tires, you will have a issue. Of course, just like "If we don't test we won't find cases" Just because you don't know the weight on your tires, the tire does. Bang is always inconvenient, but can be deadly.

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I haven't been to every state with my DP yet, but I've been to a lot of them and have never stopped at a weight scale. They can come get me if they want me.

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Posted: 02/26/22 09:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well I have been in every state in the USA at least 3 times and most of Canada in my DP and never stopped or been requested to stop at any weigh station including Mississippi.


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Florida has Agriculture inspections but never heard of them requiring M H's to stop.
I did get stopped on a 2 lane road near High Springs Fl. in a Chevy Van while in the area SCUBA diving. They checked inside then sent me on my way.

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Posted: 02/27/22 05:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rick Jay wrote:

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Having lived in Massachusetts all of my life, I can't remember even SEEING a weigh station here, let alone it being open. Most of the ones I've seen in New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island) that are still there are closed almost 100% of the time we go by. And in my opinion, there are very few of them in New England to begin with. I'm sure an over the road trucker would be able to chime in with more experience here.

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From what I've seen in New England, the "weigh stations" are open randomly. The weigh stations are usually just a parking / pull off area next to the highway, sometimes with a small building, usually near the border on a main highway. I've seen them open, but not often and there doesn't seem to be any schedule.

I've never seen a weigh station open in New England when we have been towing our camper.

lol, so yea, I guess I am completely agreeing with your post!

Talking with a state police trooper about 1 1/2 years ago he said they greatly reduced their enforcement of a lot of things to cut down on person to person contact during this china virus mess.


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So if you aren’t caught, you are ok, trackrig?

Next time I’m in Washington I’ll remember to do anything I can get away with?


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Posted: 02/27/22 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like most of the others, in a quarter million miles in diesel pushers, never stopped at one and was never asked to.

We are not a commercial vehicle.


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Posted: 02/27/22 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:


Next time I’m in Washington I’ll remember to do anything I can get away with?


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No, private vehicles are not required to stop.


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I don't remember which state it was but several weigh station had large hand written signs reading no rv's

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