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Old 12-04-2015, 02:00 PM   #51
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There is not line unless specified. A motor vehicle in PA law speak is any vehicle. A highway in PA speak is any road at all, not just a "highway". Yes it will make your head explode..

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Old 12-04-2015, 02:07 PM   #52
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Few years back I was directed into a checkpoint being conducted by Georgia DOT enforcement. They were checking both trucks and RV's. Very quick process as all they were looking for was proper installation of safety chains and breakaway cable. At least, that's all they wanted to look at on my trailer. Maybe others got a closer inspection...IDK. The checkpoint was at a normal weight station but nothing was said to me about weight (check location for RVs was off to the side of the scales).
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:10 PM   #53
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Few years back I was directed into a checkpoint being conducted by Georgia DOT enforcement. They were checking both trucks and RV's. Very quick process as all they were looking for was proper installation of safety chains and breakaway cable. At least, that's all they wanted to look at on my trailer. Maybe others got a closer inspection...IDK. The checkpoint was at a normal weight station but nothing was said to me about weight (check location for RVs was off to the side of the scales).
I think a few have said that ALL trucks over 5 tons GCWR need to stop in the MD weigh stations according to the state. They do not seem to enforce though.

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I think a few have said that ALL trucks over 5 tons GCWR need to stop in the MD weigh stations according to the state. They do not seem to enforce though.

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Interesting. My GCWR is listed at 15,490. Never bothered to stop at a weight station, but not worried because actual weight with the TV and TH fully loaded is 13,020.
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:06 PM   #55
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Interesting. My GCWR is listed at 15,490. Never bothered to stop at a weight station, but not worried because actual weight with the TV and TH fully loaded is 13,020.
You would still need to technically stop, your over 5 tons. I think ependydad is the one who found the final ruling from the state. For the record, I've never stopped.

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Old 12-04-2015, 03:33 PM   #56
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[QUOTE=doc73;1049682]Mods do not increase the rating of the truck. I am sure someone (or many) will argue this but the sticker is the sticker. You may think that blower and chip made your truck more capable (and it MAY have) but the rating is still its rating. As far as the computer, just over 10 years ago we had a fatal crash involving a speeding SUV. the computer was sent in and inspected by the maker. It told us how fast the vehicle was going, g forces and all the data about brakes and throttle position. You do not necessary need a "New" vehicle.

Well aware that mods don't increase the capacity mine is just opposite.... need to know reduction..... First thing is I have no weight sticker...... My problem is just in reverse the previous owner removed most of the rear springs and added air bags. I have removed springs from a junked HD truck but I have no idea what was originally on my truck........
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:36 PM   #57
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Hmm, now that is an issue.
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:57 PM   #58
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This is why I hate buying vehicles that have mods........... The Dodge site says 13850 or 14200 trailer tow............ 21,000 combined The loaded weight is 20300 so its under but not by much.... If it had a 410 rear then 15800 or 16200 or combined 23000 but that's in a nice cut & dry world but as I mentioned have no idea what rear spring pack belongs on the truck.... When I bought it it had 3 leaves but the factory helpers were missing as the brackets were on the frame we had to make the spring pack from mine & the donor (long story). Now I am at 6 springs double what was there which I believe to be the factory set up. 4 leaves & two helpers.......
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If your simply spread out over 4 lanes, even if another vehicle is involved and no major injuries, probably not. They might "make a guess" that you were but only from the standpoint of writing you a citation. At that level all you're talking is a couple hundred in potential fines.

If someone over in lane #3 was killed however, you can bet they are going to pick that 4 lanes of trailer apart with a fine tooth comb. I would not be surprised at all if they loaded it all up and hauled it off to the scales.


A young man here in PA of the southern Amish variety lost a flat trailer with a bobcat a few years back, it went into the opposite lane and killed some people. He's doing some major jail time. Being overloaded was part of it in addition to some other things like improper tie downs, inoperative brakes etc. They had to cart that mess off the road and weigh it somehow you would think?
Not disagreeing with you but he would likely be considered commercial, but I doubt very serious that the vehicle was actually weighed. The citation would be written if the appearance was there & up to you to prove otherwise. IE just say an average bobcat weighs about 10,000 lbs and was on a trailer rated at 7500 (yes I made the weight up I know someone will say no a bobcat actually weighs X)........
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:40 PM   #60
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were not to far off on the weight... I know, got run over by one..
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