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Old 04-10-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Weigh station, is this the correct way to do it?

New at this. Bringing TV and TT to CatScale weigh station to get weighed. How do I get the tongue weight?

First weigh
TV only
TV and TT loaded
TV and TT loaded with WDH unhitched

Do I need to unhitch the TV from TT totally when getting weighed? Someone said I would have to pull off to lot, unhitch and get back to scale with only my TV.

And if I find my front axles have to much weight on them, or not enough, can I adjust and get back on scales?? Thank you
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:33 PM   #2
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When I weighed my trailer, I arrived fully loaded with WD hitch attached and adjusted. Pulled around again with WD unhooked and paid a a small fee for reweigh, I believe it was $3.00. Pulled around again and unhitched my trailer and left it in the parking area, and reweighed just my truck again paying the $3.00 fee. total cost was $16.00. Hope this helps.
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Weigh station, is this the correct way to do it?

The difference in truck weight on your first and third weighings you outlined above are the tongue weight. Before you weigh go inside and speak with the folks at the weigh desk. They will instruct you on what to say for your '2nd weighing'. Usually all weighs after the first (within 24 hours) are only a dollar or two. If it's not crowded and the truckers aren't hassling you, you can stay there all day and do adjustments. Truckers are generally nice folks.


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Don't mess around with your hitch on the scale- I've heard it is against the rules and often end up with a trucker behind me. Just pull off and out of the way and make your changes. If you're unhitching, park it in a truck spot. That's honestly the most stressful part for me!
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New at this. Bringing TV and TT to CatScale weigh station to get weighed. How do I get the tongue weight?

First weigh
TV only
TV and TT loaded
TV and TT loaded with WDH unhitched

Do I need to unhitch the TV from TT totally when getting weighed? Someone said I would have to pull off to lot, unhitch and get back to scale with only my TV.

And if I find my front axles have to much weight on them, or not enough, can I adjust and get back on scales?? Thank you
Yup, your tongue weight is calculated by subtracting your (TV only) weight from your (TV and TT loaded with WDH unhitched) (front and rear axle obviously). You can then add this number to the TT axle weight to get your total trailer weight including tongue.

(TV and TT WDH unhitched (F+R axle only)) - (TV only) = Tongue Weight

(Tongue Weight) + (Trailer Axle WDH unhitched) = Total Trailer Weight

(TV and TT w/WDH) is used to play with WDH setting by comparing TV front and rear axle weights.

I have run my setup over the CAT scale 6 times in one visit once. The people at the desk were very friendly and they were not too busy. I pull into an empty diesel refueling spot next to the scale to adjust the hitch as its reasonably level there. Call them and ask what times they are slowest and go then. IIRC first weigh is $15, then reweights are $2 a shot.
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Yup, your tongue weight is calculated by subtracting your (TV only) weight from your (TV and TT loaded with WDH unhitched) (front and rear axle obviously). You can then add this number to the TT axle weight to get your total trailer weight including tongue.

(TV and TT WDH unhitched (F+R axle only)) - (TV only) = Tongue Weight

(Tongue Weight) + (Trailer Axle WDH unhitched) = Total Trailer Weight

(TV and TT w/WDH) is used to play with WDH setting by comparing TV front and rear axle weights.
If it helps, I have a webpage that does these calculations:

Actual Weights - Travel Trailer/Bumper Pull Weights from CAT Scales - Towing Planner
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If a 5th wheel. Two weighs is enough? Hooked and then unhooked? Is a similar webpage available for 5th wheel trailers?
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If a 5th wheel. Two weighs is enough? Hooked and then unhooked? Is a similar webpage available for 5th wheel trailers?
Same website by ependydad has this page.
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This is the best I was able to find for 5th wheels. if anyone else has a better site, please let us know:
RV Weight Calculator | 5th Wheel | Gooseneck | Safety Report
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How would you do the weighing if you were using a scale at a gravel pit? Would you pull onto the scales one axle at a time with the WDH, then do it again without the WDH, then the third time with TV only? I have ready access to scales locally, but CAT scales are a distance.
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