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Old 03-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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CAT Scales - Am I too short??

I am planning my shakedown trip April 12 through 14 at Strawberry Park in Connecticut. Perfect, because I have to drive by a CAT scale. But here is what I am thinking. These things are made for bigger rigs? Am I going to have troubles getting my Rig on A, B, and C scales? I have never seen a CAT scale close up yet.

Now, what if I can't span all 3 scales, with truck on A and trailer on B, I can see if the truck as a whole is overweight. I am thinking, if I weight a 2nd time, with front wheels off, rear wheels on A, and hopefully, trailer on B, I can figure out if my Rear Axle weight and math to figure out my front.

Any ideas or suggestions would be great.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #2
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Your front axle may need to be towards the rear of the 1st section, and your trailer axles may be towards the front of the 3rd section, but I believe you will fit OK.
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It was a stretch (), but I managed to get my Trailblazer extended cab and 19' Roo on 3 platforms.
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The CAT scale operators are pretty good. The only stretch will be pressing the button on the pedestal to indicate to the operator your ready to weighin. The button is set much higher for the large transports. (I used a stick !!) The operator will place you correctly on the scales from my experience. Always good to know your numbers. Best of luck
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The CAT scale operators are pretty good. The only stretch will be pressing the button on the pedestal to indicate to the operator your ready to weighin. The button is set much higher for the large transports. (I used a stick !!) The operator will place you correctly on the scales from my experience. Always good to know your numbers. Best of luck
Hmmm, not my experience. The scale operators didn't instruct me how to get on the scales.

But do take a stick to reach the button. Also tell them to let you get back in the vehicle before weighing, just in case you need to get out to press the button.
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Hmmm, not my experience. The scale operators didn't instruct me how to get on the scales.

But do take a stick to reach the button. Also tell them to let you get back in the vehicle before weighing, just in case you need to get out to press the button.
Not my experience either. Operater said they can't help. Ended up with negative weight twice so I gave up for the day.
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In the past when I have scaled a load they instruct you to move ahead or back as they have a camera on our local scale.
They can also tell by the scale numbers if your on correctly or not .
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1 big item is to make sure that every axle is not overlapping the next section or the side of the scale.....they need to be entirely on the dedicated section. Both of the trailer dual axles need to be on the same section.
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Thx for the replies. I guess I will go with low expectations and see what happens.
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