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Old 12-15-2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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Weigh Station Protocol

We purchased a nice Class C last August and we are still figgering things out. One big item on my list is getting tire pressure correct. I've read the info on the cab door panel and my best guess from that was 80 PSI cold for all six tires (2016 Coachmen Freelander 21 QB). The guessing part is my not knowing the fully loaded weight of the RV.

Hence, Weigh Station Protocol questions:

- Can any vehicle use the scales?

- They often seem to be closed, does that mean you can't weigh or just that they won't record/report on commercial traffic?

- If they are open, do you just drive up and get in line?

- Does it cost to weigh?

And, finally, do the truckers get pissed at sharing the line with a silly little RV?

Perhaps I'm not the only Newbie who is wondering about this so, thanks in advance,

-Grouchy
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:14 AM   #2
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Almost all flying I'd or pilots have CAT scales, think it is about $10 to get weight.
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:23 AM   #3
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You can use any Cat scale at a truck stop, this will cost you a small fee between $12 and $15. I haven't weighed in awhile so, I do not know what the current fees are.

Or you can use a grain elevator or gravel pit scale if they are not in use. They some times leave them on at night.

Now if you are referring to the DOT highway scales they are for commercial trucks only when they are open. You might be able to run across the scales if they are closed some have done that on this forum.

I myself have always used the Cat scales at truck stops and just pay the fee for use.
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick responses!

I know I sound like a dummy but What is a CAT scale and where are they to be found?
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:32 AM   #5
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https://catscale.com/cat-scale-locator/


https://catscale.com/how-to-weigh/ scroll down for RVs


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From googling their website it appears that "CAT Scales" is a company that specializes in accurate truck scales. Their was nothing to indicate that they are in any way connected to "Caterpillar" the heavy equipment company, I wanted to know that one. On their website they have a list of ALL locations where one may find a CAT certified scale. Ironically the one located in my hometown, Albany, Ga. at the PILOT truck stop WILL NOT weigh RV's of any type. I have been there multiple times to talk to someone about this and they have shown me a letter from a manager of PILOT truck stops stating that they are NOT to weigh any RV vehicle, no good reason given. This is not a truck stop on a super highway and IMO does not have so much truck traffic that weighing an RV would interrupt a trucker doing their job.
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From googling their website it appears that "CAT Scales" is a company that specializes in accurate truck scales. Their was nothing to indicate that they are in any way connected to "Caterpillar" the heavy equipment company, I wanted to know that one. On their website they have a list of ALL locations where one may find a CAT certified scale. Ironically the one located in my hometown, Albany, Ga. at the PILOT truck stop WILL NOT weigh RV's of any type. I have been there multiple times to talk to someone about this and they have shown me a letter from a manager of PILOT truck stops stating that they are NOT to weigh any RV vehicle, no good reason given. This is not a truck stop on a super highway and IMO does not have so much truck traffic that weighing an RV would interrupt a trucker doing their job.
That is interesting as Flying J welcomes RVs . I would like to know if it is a Pilot thing or a franchise thing. I know that it not a CAT scale thing
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You can use any Cat scale at a truck stop, this will cost you a small fee between $12 and $15. I haven't weighed in awhile so, I do not know what the current fees are.

Or you can use a grain elevator or gravel pit scale if they are not in use. They some times leave them on at night.

Now if you are referring to the DOT highway scales they are for commercial trucks only when they are open. You might be able to run across the scales if they are closed some have done that on this forum.

I myself have always used the Cat scales at truck stops and just pay the fee for use.
Not to throw you under the RV :-) but the statement about the DOT scales being for commercial trucks only is not correct, it will depend on what state you are in, there is one in northwest Iowa (I29) that has a sign saying all trucks (commercial) and RVs must exit. Now with that being said I have seen many RVs (both MH and TT/5th) pass by when the weigh station is open and have never seen them chase one down. I have used DOT weigh station when they are closed, they generally leave the scales on, I have my better side write down the weights when we go over the scales.
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From googling their website it appears that "CAT Scales" is a company that specializes in accurate truck scales. Their was nothing to indicate that they are in any way connected to "Caterpillar" the heavy equipment company, I wanted to know that one. On their website they have a list of ALL locations where one may find a CAT certified scale. Ironically the one located in my hometown, Albany, Ga. at the PILOT truck stop WILL NOT weigh RV's of any type. I have been there multiple times to talk to someone about this and they have shown me a letter from a manager of PILOT truck stops stating that they are NOT to weigh any RV vehicle, no good reason given. This is not a truck stop on a super highway and IMO does not have so much truck traffic that weighing an RV would interrupt a trucker doing their job.

At a franchise it is left up to the owner/manager as to what they allow to use their scales. Maybe they had the experience of someone driving on too fast and jamming on the brakes. Doing so can cause damage to the load cells or shift the platform(s), causing inconsistent weights and expensive repairs/re-calibration of the scale.

When driving onto a scale you should be going no more than 3 to 5 mph.
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At a franchise it is left up to the owner/manager as to what they allow to use their scales. Maybe they had the experience of someone driving on too fast and jamming on the brakes. Doing so can cause damage to the load cells or shift the platform(s), causing inconsistent weights and expensive repairs/re-calibration of the scale.

When driving onto a scale you should be going no more than 3 to 5 mph.
You can use the scale without ever going inside if you have their phone app:

https://weighmytruck.com/

Don't know how the franchisee can get around that; unless they run out and tell you to get the #@%& off the scale.
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