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Old 11-13-2015, 08:37 PM   #31
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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.
Understood, but you were asking Ciaran how they knew that they were supposed to go into the scale- especially if it was dark. I am guessing it was this kind of indication. I could be wrong.

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RVers don't have to go into scale houses
Technically, that is NOT correct for the state of the Maryland (my home state). This is where you get into the letter of the law vs. the intent of the law. The letter of the law says that you follow the signage - which is often that any truck over 5T GVWR must pull in; however, the spirit of the law is that it's only for commercial vehicles. I swapped emails with a supervisor at the State Highway Administration and he indicated with a wink and a smile that I'm supposed to pull in if the sign so indicates with no regard to commercial vs. non-commercial. The crazy part is my truck alone qualifies for needing to pull in (without towing).

I've never stopped and won't stop. BUT- it means that I'm technically in the wrong.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:38 PM   #32
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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.
Might have been on 95 in Georgia.. On our way home from FL there was a sign and a laser eye that activated a sign telling us to pass the weight station.. Never saw anything like that before. Guess it scanned the size or length? Very interesting though..


Oh, and I would not volunteer yourself for a weight.. As a LEO as well not interested in the RV or many things I see on the road.. Looking for other stuff, but if you find me and there is a problem found.. Well now you have a problem..
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:39 PM   #33
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Has anyone been stopped and weighed

Here is more information on my stop from a previous entry. I was travelling south on I35, travelling in the curb lane, when I passed under the sensors and a text message illuminated displaying the message to pull in. I thought that maybe the height of my 5th wheel initiated the system and I was the only large vehicle on the highway apart from some cars. My initial thought was a truck had triggered the signal but I quickly figured out that I was the only one on that immediate stretch of road. Yes it appeared that it was a "pre pass" type of system, which I have seen on I5 many times signaling to a trucker. I would have probably ignored it and taken my chances but I was trying to get to my destination in time for a very early morning meeting so "discretion being the better part of valor" I choose to comply. I wanted to check with the Kansas authorities if I did have an obligation yo comply and would be grateful if someone on here has a line of communication to the authorities there.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:40 PM   #34
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Might have been on 95 in Georgia.. On our way home from FL there was a sign and a laser eye that activated a sign telling us to pass the weight station.. Never saw anything like that before. Guess it scanned the size or length? Very interesting though..


Oh, and I would not volunteer yourself for a weight.. As a LEO as well not interested in the RV or many things I see on the road.. Looking for other stuff, but if you find me and there is a problem found.. Well now you have a problem..
Possibly. We've been up and down that stretch quite a few times. As I said- I have never pulled in nor do I ever plan on it.

(I lie- I pulled into one in VA, but only because I wanted the rest area behind it. And in that case, the light up sign told me to bypass the scale and head straight for the rest area.)
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:42 PM   #35
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The sign told us to pass...

We did the same thing at a VA weight station. We bypassed the station, turned the corner and they had three troopers in a pit area under trucks.. I do not think they even noticed us sneaking by the law... LOL
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:01 PM   #36
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I have had several weigh stations signal me in via the electric signs on the interstate. Before I got to the next electric sign I was signaled to Pass. All the times have been at dusk with the sun behind me. Never had to pull in.
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:36 PM   #37
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There is a pre pass type weigh station heading into Spokane Valley, WA westbound on the I-90 interstate. It always flashes that I need to pull in but I never do and the highway patrol always watches me go by. I am pretty sure it must be triggered by height or something.
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As a CDL OTR driver I can pretty much assure you that the DOT scales are for "Commercial" traffic. Not recreational, unless you are obviously a danger to other motorists.
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As a CDL OTR driver I can pretty much assure you that the DOT scales are for "Commercial" traffic. Not recreational, unless you are obviously a danger to other motorists.
Definitely not a CDL OTR driver, but I agree with you 100%. Much ado about nothing.
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