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Old 07-16-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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Using Closed Weigh Stations?

In a post on another forum it was observed that some folks have weighed their camping rigs at closed highway weigh stations, specifically in Washington and Oregon.

Who else has done this in other states and can you provide any insight as to the process and legality of doing so?
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Trespassing comes to mind.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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I have used a local highway truck scale several times. The screen is turned around so you can see the numbers from the outside. I have never had an issue.
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Depends on the station. Here in MT, some leave the scale on and you can see it from the window. Others don't. The only ones I have seen with the scale left on is the smaller stations where there is only a single or 2 pad scale. Like the ones used for primarily log or gravel trucks.

IMO, unless you have a small station that is close by and you can stop by and ask permission sometime, it is easier to just pay the $20 and go to a CAT scale. I would never try and go try and weigh on one of the larger interstate weigh stations.
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I should have mentioned that the scale was closed. I was told that the screen was turned around so the scale could be used when no one was working.
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Trespassing comes to mind.
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.
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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.
I think I'll "borrow" a taxpayer owned police cruiser then....
Great logic.


There's also no sign saying..
Were closed but go ahead and use the scale.

Why wouldn't u just ask them to use it while there open?
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Not the same Turbo. You are not taking anything and if the power is on then you are not even using more electricity. If they turn the screen around so people can see it from the outside it seems like they expect people to use it. Non of this is going to help you in court but it seems logical to me.
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I think I'll "borrow" a taxpayer owned police cruiser then....
Great logic.


There's also no sign saying..
Were closed but go ahead and use the scale.

Why wouldn't u just ask them to use it while there open?
Gotta agree with Turbs on this one. Just because they didn't bother putting barricades up, doesn't mean it's open for business. Most of the ones around here have signs that either say "Weigh station Open" or "Weigh Station Closed". Closed, means closed. If a store has a closed sign, but forgot to lock the doors, it doesn't mean I can just go in and shop.
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I for my part go over almost every dot scale when it is shut down for the day/weekend and get my weights. My understanding is that in BC Canada even RV's are required to go over the scales together with heavy trucks.
I did a quick Google search and came up with a slew of information. https://www.google.ca/search?q=weigh...icial&start=10
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