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Old 09-07-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Confused Newbie on CAT Scale Weights

I took the new truck & trailer back for a hitch adjustment today, then to the nearest CAT Scale at a Pilot Truck Stop about 35 miles from the house. Loaded the trailer pretty much as we would for a trip. The truck was unloaded; 2/3 tank of fuel; just me in the driver's seat.

The gal at the scale seemed confused and I actually pulled the rig on and off the scales a total of six times as I stated I didn't think the numbers are accurate.

Anyway; here's the printout:

Steer Axle: 6260 lb
Drive Axle: 5380 lb.
Trailer Axle: 00 lb.
Gross Weight: 11640 lbs.

I kept telling her I thought there should be a trailer weight printed out, but she said this is how all the RV rigs are weighed?

Picture of the rig as weighed:



So confused; Advice much appreciated...
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Either you weren't positioned correctly on the scale or there was an error with the CAT scale.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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well..if anything, you got a WHOLE LOT of cargo capacity in the trailer!! LOL...

but seriously, there should have been 3 weights...
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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I can understand 5380 as the truck weight; 6260 would be close to the trailer weight (5280 dry); and 11640 is probably close as the gross weight, but otherwise??????

Thanks; think I had a rookie weighing a rookie!
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I was going to post a link on how to position the trailer on the scales but my regular computer is being serviced. If I come across the link I will be happy to post it for you.

The only time I attempted to weigh my truck I ended up with negative weight so my help will be useless. Quickly found out that the staff isn't permitted to offer directions.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
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I was going to post a link on how to position the trailer on the scales but my regular computer is being serviced. If I come across the link I will be happy to post it for you.

The only time I attempted to weigh my truck I ended up with negative weight so my help will be useless. Quickly found out that the staff isn't permitted to offer directions.
Thanks. I'll try to Google search 'How to position truck and travel trailer on CAT scale' and see what I come up with.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #7
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Try this link:
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cat scales have 3 seperate platforms for weighing. when you pull onto scales, put steer tires to furthest forward scale, drives on next scale and trailer on last (3rd) platform. try not to hit the brakes hard when you stop as this could throw scales out of whack for everybody after you. you should have 3 seperate weights and a total weight when all is said and done.

be aware that you are entitled to 1 reweigh, costs a buck i think. so, that gives you opportunity to get an empty weight and a loaded weight. stipulation to that being it has to be done on the same day.
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Just one more example of how useless the Pilot truck stops are.
I avoid them at all costs.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #10
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cat scales have 3 seperate platforms for weighing. when you pull onto scales, put steer tires to furthest forward scale, drives on next scale and trailer on last (3rd) platform. try not to hit the brakes hard when you stop as this could throw scales out of whack for everybody after you. you should have 3 seperate weights and a total weight when all is said and done.

be aware that you are entitled to 1 reweigh, costs a buck i think. so, that gives you opportunity to get an empty weight and a loaded weight. stipulation to that being it has to be done on the same day.
Wow. This explains a bunch! I did not have the rig positioned as you mentioned, but it now makes perfect sense. I noted there were several platforms and I mentioned that to the girl, but she kept saying 'This is how we do it" as she pulled me forward to weigh on only the forward two scale platforms. Live and learn... Still think the 11,640 is accurate as gross weight, though???

Just found this helpfull tool: http://www.trucktires.com/bridgeston.../WeighForm.pdf
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