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Old 11-13-2015, 04:54 PM   #21
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I interpret the legal writing of the highway traffic act as, if your TV is licensed commercially and you are hauling commercially you need to cross the weigh scale, otherwise stay out of it when they are open for business. Thats my thinking and I have never had a problem in nine years of Rving.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:24 PM   #22
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Gotcha. Here is my understanding on the weigh stations, albeit a commecial driver might chime in with more info. Commercial plates on a TV doesn't mean commercial for compensation. When you cross over that boundy in general law, you now become required to test, have physicals every two years and all that. The government now has "more jurisdiction" over how you operate on the roads. But, if it is your personal vehicle with commercial plates, where you do not haul for hire, you remain a private individual and as such, not become subject to the higher enforcement level. Of course you always need to obey authority when directed accordingly , but as the other posters in this thread stated, they have never stopped unless they wanted to see their weight through the window as a matter of own curiosity.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:40 PM   #23
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In Canada. Dot can pull you over and send you to the scale. Anyone. Commercial or other.


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Old 11-13-2015, 06:49 PM   #24
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After 30+ years as a Law Enforcement Officer and 6+ years as an RVer, I can attest to the fact that RVs get VERY little attention from LEOs unless you're doing something to stand out. Being involved in an accident would be one way to catch a LEOs attention. Poor driving would be another. Do NOT pull into a Weigh Station unless you're directed to do so by a LEO. Should you drive into an open & operating Weigh Station, they're going to do their job and weigh you. If you're found to be overweight in ANY parameter, you can expect to receive a ticket and, might NOT be allowed to leave until the problem is corrected. I understand some jurisdictions leave their Weigh Stations open during non-business hours. I've known RVers who avail themselves of the opportunity to get an accurate weighing for free. For myself, I have used the professionals (members of the Escapees RV Club and the RVSEF) who, for a modest fee, will PROPERLY weigh your rig at any of the many RV rallies they attend.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:56 PM   #25
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So you just pull into the 'Closed' weigh station and weigh? The scale stays on?
That has been my experience.

I am under the impression that a POE is never really closed, more like partly automated.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:01 PM   #26
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I've seen a few here in California at portable scales spot inspections. I don't know if they were overweight but they were on the scales.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:08 PM   #27
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upstate nyer- I am a part time rv transporter- I pull into weigh stations- always- My understanding of the law is I am commerical because I am for hire.I have signs on my 3500 gmc-I carry A 150 air mile exemption for log purpose - log when over 150 miles dot physical etc. off season I tow for local body shop (their truck ford 5500)100 mile max.(air mile exemption)I always pull into weigh station- either case never been stopped- always waved thru- most looking for air brakes and semis.
as a rver never pull into weigh stations. btw up here weigh stations every ten exits I87&I90
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:44 PM   #28
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How did you get signaled in?
Any dot scale I've seen you have to physically pull off onto the on ramp to the scale to get signaled to pass through or pull over scale.

There is nothing on the physical hiway to tell you to come in.

Besides that you state it was dark?
I've seen lots of highways with overhead signs and individual indicators per truck if you should pull in or not. Something about "Pre-pass" systems.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:55 PM   #29
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Pre pass is only for trucks with the proper electrical equipment in the trucks.
It's kind of like a toll way beacon.

If you don't have that you have to physically pull onto the ramp and then they decide whether to run you across the scale or not.
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I've seen lots of highways with overhead signs and individual indicators per truck if you should pull in or not. Something about "Pre-pass" systems.
RVers don't have to go into scale houses
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