Originally Posted by RoadTrip
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).