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Old 07-22-2014, 09:39 AM   #41
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Since nearly everyone has "weighed in" on this; here is my two copper washed Zincs.

Since these scales are almost universally single platform, if all you are interested in is total combined weight, hammer down. It is an almost useless number (for us) unless you are getting paid by the pound (or fined by the overload).

A CAT scale will give you individual axle weights allowing you to find out pin/tongue load, truck weight unloaded and loaded, remaining payload, and weight distribution hitch settings.

Pay the 10 bucks and be done with it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:00 AM   #42
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There are a lot of smaller state owned truck scales and when not manned truckers can pull across and check their weights to prevent a ticket on down the road. A truly closed scale will be coned off or barricaded. Also if the screen is live then that is another indication that it is good to use.

The State of Arizona only has scales at the ports of entry and use flying squads of MVD enforcement officers with portable scales.

Other states have scales near every major city and are not manned 24/7
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:01 AM   #43
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Not entirely true.
Weight scales and enforcement is paid by several entities which are not funded by your CAR OR TRUCK GAS.
Ifta is the major funding source along with permit sales and violation tickets.

The DOT receives federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for vehicle size and weight enforcement.

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Ok, how about this. You already paid for it, and heres why; bet you didn't know that when you travel ANY toll road in the United States of America, the fuel burned while on that toll road, is exempt from certain fuel taxes you already paid at purchase. Therefore, all those unrefunded taxes paid offsets any "Weight scales and enforcement is paid by several entities which are not funded by your CAR OR TRUCK GAS". It's in the millions of dollars each year. So, that "double taxation" is funding spent by various state governments, that of course go into scales, etc.,

Use the scale, you paid for it, and now you know how!
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Since nearly everyone has "weighed in" on this; here is my two copper washed Zincs.

Since these scales are almost universally single platform, if all you are interested in is total combined weight, hammer down. It is an almost useless number (for us) unless you are getting paid by the pound (or fined by the overload).

A CAT scale will give you individual axle weights allowing you to find out pin/tongue load, truck weight unloaded and loaded, remaining payload, and weight distribution hitch settings.

Pay the 10 bucks and be done with it.
Interesting, all the DOT scales I'm aware of, at least in this part of the world, are 10' axle scales bec. as you say everything else is useless. It would take 130' long scales to weigh some of the rigs passing through like tractor pulling two 53' trailers with ten axles total weighing over 142000#.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:21 PM   #45
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Interesting thought. I should have clarified my post by saying a state-owned (taxpayer-owned) weigh station that does not have any barricades and does not have no trespassing signs.
A weigh-station here in CT USED to let me weigh in when they were closed, but now the A-Holes put up a gate at the entrance and exits...Ughhhhh

It's a freakin' conspiracy I tell ya'...
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:44 PM   #46
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...The DOT receives federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for vehicle size and weight enforcement. turbs
Where the heck do you imagine the "Federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration" comes from? DUH, all the US TAXPAYERS one way or the other.
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A weigh-station here in CT USED to let me weigh in when they were closed, but now the A-Holes put up a gate at the entrance and exits...Ughhhhh

It's a freakin' conspiracy I tell ya'...
Maybe more like because of vandalism?
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Fine show me printed proof its ok and legal to use a dot weigh station when closed.

Nuff said

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Interesting, all the DOT scales I'm aware of, at least in this part of the world, are 10' axle scales bec. as you say everything else is useless. It would take 130' long scales to weigh some of the rigs passing through like tractor pulling two 53' trailers with ten axles total weighing over 142000#.
"Useless" to the typical RV'er who needs axle weights and not combined weight. Please at least read the entire post before posting a flame.
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Where the heck do you imagine the "Federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration" comes from? DUH, all the US TAXPAYERS one way or the other.
I was thinking the same thing.
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