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Old 02-12-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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Guessing at hitch weight is a real crap shoot.
You need to measure it with scales with the trailer loaded ready to go.
I stopped at a truck scale and parked with my truck on one section
and trailer on another section.
I got total weight and truck weight then cranked down the tongue jack and lifted off the ball and weighed truck again.
Difference in truck weight was hitch weight.
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Lou's way to weigh is great too but you don't get those other
totals which are always good to have.
Dan, I'm surprised they didn't mind you unhitching on the scale. I've seen signs at the CAT Scales that I've been to that actually say don't do that (of course, their primary audience is tractor trailers). Each time I've weighed, I've simply gone and found a truck parking spot and dropped the camper off there before heading back and weighing the truck alone.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:50 PM   #12
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Dan, I'm surprised they didn't mind you unhitching on the scale. I've seen signs at the CAT Scales that I've been to that actually say don't do that (of course, their primary audience is tractor trailers). Each time I've weighed, I've simply gone and found a truck parking spot and dropped the camper off there before heading back and weighing the truck alone.
Mine, too. I just weigh connected; pull around into an open rig parking spot and drop the camper. Then weigh the truck alone; go back to the spot and hook up.

With the travel trailer, I just pull on connected WITH the WD bars on. Weigh; get out and drop the bars; weigh again; then pull off and drop the trailer before weighing the truck alone.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:46 AM   #13
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Just dumb luck again for me I guess.... I didn't notice any signs saying
not to un-hitch. They would have had to watch me pretty closely to
even see I did that since I didn't move the truck.
In fact I pulled on the scale and hit the intercom button and asked them
if they'd weigh me twice. They said sure and the 2nd weight was half
price.

My only complaint was the stupid intercom call button was almost 8 feet
off the ground. I had to jump to push it!

I wouldn't want to do what I did if there were any trucks waiting....
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My only complaint was the stupid intercom call button was almost 8 feet off the ground. I had to jump to push it!

I wouldn't want to do what I did if there were any trucks waiting....
I stop at the weight shack and get the cell (or phone) number of the operator. That way I can tell him exactly when to take the reading. This is especially important if you are going to be moving around on the scale and taking multiple readings.

I used to take a 3 foot wooden ruler to press the button, but found that by doing that a few of my readings were off as I needed to get out of the truck occasionally and the operator sometimes took the reading while I was out of the truck; sometimes in.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:11 AM   #15
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Weight shack??? The scales I've been on in KY were at fuel stops and
the weight "master" was inside running the cash register selling
cigarettes, lottery tickets, coffee and who knows what else and fuel!
I had to stand in line just to pay and get my weight tickets.

They were not paying any attention to some RVer messing around on
the scales for a couple extra minutes.
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Weight shack??? The scales I've been on in KY were at fuel stops and
the weight "master" was inside running the cash register selling
cigarettes, lottery tickets, coffee and who knows what else and fuel!
I had to stand in line just to pay and get my weight tickets.

They were not paying any attention so some RVer messing around on
the scales for a couple extra minutes.
I am lucky then. I use the CAT scale at a truck repair place and there is a guard shack that runs the scale.
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For the button, I'm just tall enough to stretch and hit it. Otherwise, I prefer to stand on my truck's running boards and can reach it from there. That way I know I'm being added to the truck's weight in the ballpark area where I usually sit.

I've never actually been inside- my wife runs in while I park for the next weighing. We've never been to a place that had a dedicated shack.
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That does help- thanks.

Wonder why FR doesn't update that info on their site.
FR and other manufacturers, are quite well known for NOT updating their website specs or for them being very inaccurate. sometimes it'll be 6 months after the new models come out, before the websites are updated.
there's no substitute for going to a lot and looking at the yellow sticker weights.

i see TBA or TBD all the time, on numerous RV manufacturers' websites, no matter the brand.
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FR and other manufacturers, are quite well known for NOT updating their website specs or for them being very inaccurate. sometimes it'll be 6 months after the new models come out, before the websites are updated.
there's no substitute for going to a lot and looking at the yellow sticker weights.

i see TBA or TBD all the time, on numerous RV manufacturers' websites, no matter the brand.
I saw this so many times while trying to do online research and yes it was all of them.
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