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Old 01-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #11
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Perhaps this might be a consideration for us all?

Obtaining proper weight, overall length, and height and width is absolutely important. Unfortunately, many of us cannot remember any of these statistics at a moment's notice.

For Example: Suppose you are driving along at 60 mph and the bridge sign has a height limit of 13.4’. Or, suppose you are in the metric system and the bridge height is 4.08m. Will you be clear? Now, you have only seconds to respond.

Our solution is a tape writer. We’ve put all of our statistics in both the “Imperial and Metric” system above our speedometer. By the way, our weights are listed as steer, drive, axle, gross.

It’s cheap insurance and less damaging.

Mike
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:39 PM   #12
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Perhaps this might be a consideration for us all?

Obtaining proper weight, overall length, and height and width is absolutely important. Unfortunately, many of us cannot remember any of these statistics at a moment's notice.

For Example: Suppose you are driving along at 60 mph and the bridge sign has a height limit of 13.4’. Or, suppose you are in the metric system and the bridge height is 4.08m. Will you be clear? Now, you have only seconds to respond.

Our solution is a tape writer. We’ve put all of our statistics in both the “Imperial and Metric” system above our speedometer. By the way, our weights are listed as steer, drive, axle, gross.

It’s cheap insurance and less damaging.

Mike
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:22 PM   #13
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Lou - you're full time and carry a complete home depot and sears along with you in tools/bits/pieces!
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I have to admit I have no idea how to find a place to weigh - plus since I have no idea how any of that works, I'm afraid that we'll weigh and then be told we're illegally heavy or something and get a ticket.
Why you care isn't because of a ticket, that's very unlikley from what I've been told.

BUT - have an accident and that's another story. If you're over the weight you'll get a ticket, perhaps one for reckless driving (a PA fave to hand out - comes with automatic 6 month driving suspension). If you're illegal on the roads you may find you've given your insurance company an 'out' to not pay. Every policy I know mentions that they won't cover illegal activity or intentional acts. If you don't know you're overloaded I'm not sure they'll say ignorance is acceptable and they'll insure you for such 'negligence'.

Being OW can be a safety issue - it can be the cause of a crash.

It will certainly cost you money indirectly in excess wear and tear on your TV. While I wasn't overweight after 1/2 dozen trips on the used expy we had I spent $2k on a transmission. I'm sure if I'd have never towed a 6klb camper the trans would be working just fine. So the more you haul the shorter the life of the trans, brakes, suspension, etc.

Your numbers may be fine or maybe tell you to move those bikes from the back of the truck to the camper (as in rearrange your load).
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:34 PM   #15
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Why you care isn't because of a ticket, that's very unlikley from what I've been told.

BUT - have an accident and that's another story. If you're over the weight you'll get a ticket, perhaps one for reckless driving (a PA fave to hand out - comes with automatic 6 month driving suspension). If you're illegal on the roads you may find you've given your insurance company an 'out' to not pay. Every policy I know mentions that they won't cover illegal activity or intentional acts. If you don't know you're overloaded I'm not sure they'll say ignorance is acceptable and they'll insure you for such 'negligence'.

Being OW can be a safety issue - it can be the cause of a crash.

It will certainly cost you money indirectly in excess wear and tear on your TV. While I wasn't overweight after 1/2 dozen trips on the used expy we had I spent $2k on a transmission. I'm sure if I'd have never towed a 6klb camper the trans would be working just fine. So the more you haul the shorter the life of the trans, brakes, suspension, etc.

Your numbers may be fine or maybe tell you to move those bikes from the back of the truck to the camper (as in rearrange your load).
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Lou - you're full time and carry a complete home depot and sears along with you in tools/bits/pieces!
Certainly not full time - Once thought about it, but I like my toys that don't play well with full timing.

Camping signature days accurate as I can.
Retired is not full timing.
Don't camp near as much as I wish.

Just like being a "Boy Scout."
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