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Old 10-20-2017, 06:07 PM   #21
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Sigh. IF only the local CAT scales would allow RV/TT/5er weighing. There is a large sign "Commercial Vehicles Only" at the scales. I went in once to ask about weighing the truck/TT and was told, rather bluntly, NO--Commercial Vehicles Only. The next closest one to me is 75 miles away.

At a truck stop? Iíve weighed a dozen or more times and have been in hundreds of truck stops (Iíve earned a cute nickname- they call me Lil Lizard!)... and Iíve never been turned away nor have I noticed a sign that says ďcommercial vehicles onlyĒ.

Where are you trying to go and what brand is it?
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:35 PM   #22
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I don't think you should unhook on the scale and some don't allow it.
We had to go park, unhook, then get back onto the scale. They even had an issue with us undoing our weight distribution bars in the lot just before getting back onto the scale. We had to park in a space to unhook the camper completely to get the TV only weight. And they were not busy, no trucks waiting to get weighed.
That would work as well.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:01 AM   #23
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I have never used a cat scale- but on the web site it shows how to weigh your RV

https://catscale.com/how-to-weigh/
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:51 AM   #24
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Just to clarify. The CAT Scales consist of three weighing platforms. You position your rig with the front tow vehicle on the first one, the tow vehicle rear axle(s) on the second one and your trailer on the third one. When you get your weigh slip it is spelled out this way. If you are weighing your tow vehicle only the trailer weight will show as 000 lbs.

Try to position your tow vehicle so that the axles are as close to centered on their respective weigh platforms as possible.

I have not tried it but I suspect to get the separate axle weights on the trailer you would have to pull forward until the tow vehicle is entirely off of the platforms and the trailer axles span the two platforms normally used by the TV.

In my limited experience moving the rig back and forward on the platforms causes minor differences in weight.

Also bear in mind that the scales will not work if your rig is too light. They are designed to handle tractor trailer weighing.

I also try to let the professional drivers who are on a time clock go ahead of me and definitely minimize my time on the scales. I found the staff at the two truck stops I have used to be very helpful and courteous.

This thread, CAT Scale Weigh My Truck App is more informative that what I posted. Sorry.
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:41 AM   #25
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Just to clarify. The CAT Scales consist of three weighing platforms. You position your rig with the front tow vehicle on the first one, the tow vehicle rear axle(s) on the second one and your trailer on the third one. When you get your weigh slip it is spelled out this way. If you are weighing your tow vehicle only the trailer weight will show as 000 lbs.

Try to position your tow vehicle so that the axles are as close to centered on their respective weigh platforms as possible.

I have not tried it but I suspect to get the separate axle weights on the trailer you would have to pull forward until the tow vehicle is entirely off of the platforms and the trailer axles span the two platforms normally used by the TV.

In my limited experience moving the rig back and forward on the platforms causes minor differences in weight.

Also bear in mind that the scales will not work if your rig is too light. They are designed to handle tractor trailer weighing.

I also try to let the professional drivers who are on a time clock go ahead of me and definitely minimize my time on the scales. I found the staff at the two truck stops I have used to be very helpful and courteous.
At the CAT scale near us the operator couches you when to stop on the scale via the loudspeaker at the scales itself.
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At the CAT scale near us the operator couches you when to stop on the scale via the loudspeaker at the scales itself.


Thatís awesome but unusual. In my dozen or so weighings, Iíve never heard from the scale operator.

I usually just pull up until my truck is just behind the call button. That lines my truck and camper up on each scale appropriately.

I used to use the call button but now Iím in love with the Weigh My Truck app.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:08 PM   #27
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Went to scales yday and weighed my new camper...Worried about capability of towing camper without hurting my truck!

My number Scale tics showed help me understand and tell me if my Distribution System is installed wrong by dealer...

2015 F150 V6 Ecoboost 3.55 Max Tow 145"
Reese 4pt Trunnion Distribution system...

For some reason the weight didnt move around like it should have after System was installed!

Scale Tics:
1st Pic was Tv/TT W/DS
2nd Pic was TV
3rd was TV/TT w/o DS

Didnt move weight off rear axle to front axle with Ds
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:13 AM   #28
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I don't understand what is happening. When you add weight distribution to a hitched truck/trailer the rear tire weight should go down, the front tire weight should go up, and the trailer weight should go up. The tickets only show the trailer weight going up. I you measure the distance from the ground to the top of the front tire wheel well you should see that distance decrease when add weight distribution. I think something is not right with the hitch.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:33 AM   #29
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I agree, that doesn't look right. I readjusted my E2 hitch a month ago and hit the CAT scales. You might want to setup the hitch from scratch. Our setup was ok for the empty trailer, but i added another washer after loading the camper up.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:18 AM   #30
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I understand how the Cat Scale works since I have Cdl for my part time work but something just not right w the numbers on scale tickets and at first I thought I was reading them backwards but the time stamp shows different....Guess I will have to have them measure and do it that way along w starting over on the setup since that DS has setting along Washers to adjust it...Thanks
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