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Old 12-05-2015, 01:08 AM   #61
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I'll admit it. I'm overweight.

Oh.....I just noticed we're talking about towing and not physical prowess. LOL

(A little light hearted humor)
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:17 AM   #62
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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.
GVWR - truck alone. I'm over and supposed to stop. But as mentioned- it is NOT enforced. And, I don't stop.
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:34 AM   #63
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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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I've said it before and I'll say it again, you do not have to stop unless you're hauling that RV commercially, it is not enforced because you do not have a dot number and company name on your pickups, these weigh stations are for anything with a dot number on it, you will never be bothered by them, but throw a number on your door and they will chase you down


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Old 12-05-2015, 05:21 AM   #64
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, you do not have to stop unless you're hauling that RV commercially, it is not enforced because you do not have a dot number and company name on your pickups, these weigh stations are for anything with a dot number on it, you will never be bothered by them, but throw a number on your door and they will chase you down


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Now that I think back to the time I got pulled into a "checkpoint" (which just happened to be located at a weight station) I asked the inspector if I'm supposed to stop. Response was no unless they were doing the occasional safety check. In that case the RV would be notified (via flashing blue lights) of the need to stop.

If you're hauling horses into Florida you're supposed to stop at the first point for a check of proper health paperwork for the animals. They also do a "safety" check but don't bother to look at weights.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:03 AM   #65
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GVWR - truck alone. I'm over and supposed to stop. But as mentioned- it is NOT enforced. And, I don't stop.
Thanks, could not remember if it was combination or weight. I remember you putting the leg work in to get the final answer from the MD dot.

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Old 12-05-2015, 09:15 AM   #66
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This seems like a silly question, something similar to how many of you walk around with loaded shotguns to your head.. if you do either you had better be walking on egg shells.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #67
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This seems like a silly question, something similar to how many of you walk around with loaded shotguns to your head.. if you do either you had better be walking on egg shells.
Not no where near the same thing.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:05 AM   #68
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This seems like a silly question, something similar to how many of you walk around with loaded shotguns to your head.. if you do either you had better be walking on egg shells.
Not even close to apples & oranges in comparison...... more like apples to redwood trees....... Not at all the same............
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:15 AM   #69
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I am right at 80% of my towing capacity. But, when I figure tongue weight, gear, passengers, bicycles on the front of the truck and two kayaks on top I am probably exceeding my truck capacity. DW says I should go on a diet.


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Old 12-05-2015, 10:20 AM   #70
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If you are commercial can be a different story but the likely hood of of any citation or law suit for being a little overweight is SLIM TO NONE unless it is grossly obvious........... If you are towing a 10000 lb TT with a Ranger maybe....... although a local guy has a duelly Ranger

Most of the trailers I pull don't any longer have the weight ratings due to sun fading & I have a 10000 lb permanent tag on my single axle box trailer (Way over what it can carry) And .......... you can not necessarily go by the number of studs the axle has either........... So it is not always an easy thing to prove........ one way or the other................

Doing the right thing is important being paranoid is crazy........

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