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Old 07-22-2014, 04:55 PM   #51
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Fine show me printed proof its ok and legal to use a dot weigh station when closed...turbs
Likewise, show me printed proof where it says we can't use them! If they're barricaded, fine, if not, use them if they're functioning. Haven't seen any signs saying "For Commercial Vehicles Only". For folks wanting total wt, they are just fine for that, but if you want individual wts, not any good.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:03 PM   #53
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That's for the building, not the scales themselves. If they barricade the scales, that's different!
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I was thinking the same thing.
Ah but DC, could you have said it as eloquently as OC does? LOL
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"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.
I should take my own advice about reading the full post and understand what was posted. After re-reading this several times I figured out what Cypressloser was trying to say. CAT scales have 10 foot span platforms and a shorter one for the front truck axle.

The Weigh Stations I see around here (PA) look like the long single platform type. Tandems (recently legal in PA) are weighted by pulling forward, I guess.

Apologies to Cypressloser.
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"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.
I apologize if I said something wrong, I did not mean to insult you or anybody.
When I drive on a DOT scale I get my front axle weight, my rear axle weight and my trailer axle weight, when not busy I can unhitch the trailer and get the weight of the front and rear of the truck again and then calculate the pin weight. I could even get my corner weights if I wanted because all axles are weighed separately.
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I should take my own advice about reading the full post and understand what was posted. After re-reading this several times I figured out what Cypressloser was trying to say. CAT scales have 10 foot span platforms and a shorter one for the front truck axle.

The Weigh Stations I see around here (PA) look like the long single platform type. Tandems (recently legal in PA) are weighted by pulling forward, I guess.

Apologies to Cypressloser.
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You almost gave me a heart attack
I made an assumption that all DoT scales were like the ones around here (single platform about the length of a tractor trailer) and "glossed" over the 10 foot platform part of your post.

Hate when that happens. Plead "old age waiver."

They must be upgrading the ones here because the tandems are all over the place now. Where is Ralph Nader when you need him? Talk about "Unsafe at any speed"
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I still say it's a conspiracy. Just as I start to use them, they gate them off.....
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I guess I'm lucky that the State allows the public to use the local highway scale. There is only one other scale that I'm aware of at a local truck stop. I paid $25.00 for a total gross weight since it is just one long old tore up platform. It left me wondering if it was even accurate. I wish there was a "CAT" scale close by. I would gladly pay the money to use it.

At least the Highway scale is a 10' X 10' platform so I could weight each axle. I know it is most likely accurate and that by law must be certified every 12 months.

I called the local agency that runs the scale to make sure it was legal to use. They told me that yes it was, just to be careful entering and exiting. So I guess that could be considered a "Free Public Scale". At least for now.

Before using any highway scale I would do some checking first.
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