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Old 01-20-2020, 10:33 AM   #1
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Anyone ever been stopped and weighed for overload?

By mistake we bought a 2500 diesel and a bigger fifth wheel than planned.

I installed overloads on the 2500 and it is fine for the fiver, but I am roughly #800 over payload.

Not real excited about buying in 3500 for $25,000 more than the truck we have. After 8,500 miles in all conditions it is swell.

Has anyone been weighed?

Ticketed?
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:46 AM   #2
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I think the odds of you being weighed and fined are miniuscule.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:48 AM   #3
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I cant say I have ever seen any RV being checked for weight by any law enforcement agency. The only way they might weigh you is if you were involved in a crash.
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:08 AM   #4
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Stay within your axel and tire load ratings, you will be ok. Now for the weight police to chime in.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:56 PM   #5
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My friend is state trooper and I asked him about trucks towing overweight.

He said to the effect of: (He doesn't know about towing, weights, GVWR, etc)...If it looks bad, I'll pull them over and have commercial enforcement bring the portable scale. If there's an injury accident, I have commercial enforcement check things out.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:08 PM   #6
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Generally I have been told by State Police friends unless something looks off (here away) they do not mess with RVs. Would rather have the repeat tourist dollars to the state not tickets.

As far as after an accident it is nearly impossibly to weigh.

I would guess 80% probably more, pickups towing campers are 800 lbs overweight on payload.

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Old 01-20-2020, 03:14 PM   #7
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We were told by state police DOT officers in NH that like some else said they don’t generally stop and check you unless something doesn’t look safe or you did something wrong! That being said chances are if you are in an accident and you are over you could be held at fault and your insurance may not cover you!
My DH is a stickler for safety, we bought a 3500 cause we were over just slightly! We also just recently went full time and have since been weighted by Escapees truck was fine, front axels were fine but we were over by 300# on the rear axel. We could just empty out 1/2 the water and call it a day but we stated pulling out stuff we really didn’t need! We are now below...DH is happy!
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Weighing

Never seen it happen anywhere. If you added the extra rear spring, you should be fine-$450 at local spring shop.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:34 PM   #9
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We were told by state police DOT officers in NH that like some else said they don’t generally stop and check you unless something doesn’t look safe or you did something wrong! That being said chances are if you are in an accident and you are over you could be held at fault and your insurance may not cover you!
This topic has come up before your insurance not covering you because you are overweight is purely an urban legend and not true.

Also being weighed after an accident is not likely either.



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Old 01-20-2020, 03:40 PM   #10
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In Michigan the state police commercial cops cant stop private vehicles. Most states file suit. A few have mentioned a few states were they have the authority. I would thing you would have better chances buying lotto tickets and winning then getting stopped by a cop with scales to weigh you unless completely overloaded and looking ridiculous.
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34 yr LEO, 14 yrs in traffic and commercial enforcement..never weighed a RV during my career.
Weight enforcement in Ca is focused on commercial trucking, stuff over 26,001 GVWR.
Some truckers haul over their 80,000lb limit, the fine is $1 for each pound over.
Occasionally we got involved in "low rider" enforcement, big full size cars running tiny 560x13 tires. The weight of the car exceeded the load rating on the tires.
The chances of anyone knowing your are over your load capacity by 800lbs is nil.
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In today's world, you are probably going over a scale in the interstate traffic lanes approaching the weigh station. A couple years ago in South Dakota, at mile 13 on northbound I-29, the message board "invited" me to pull into the weigh station. I was quite surprised but unconcerned. I knew I was just under my truck's GCWR and axle weights. I did not even come to a complete stop on the scale when I got a green light.


Be aware that adding springs or other load assists may give you peace of mind. But it WILL NOT change the specs of your truck.


The chances of having to weigh are slim, but it can happen.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:58 PM   #13
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Why would a 3500 cost $25,000 more than a 2500? Somebody is snowing you.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:03 PM   #14
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it really boils down to a tire issue. If you haven`t (and should check very carefully) overloaded your tires which will likely fail early from this you will be good to go with the overload springs. Consider bagging the truck too.
I to was over when I bought a new much bigger unit then added an AUX. fuel tank to the bed. But then thought if you're going to play you have to pay and went out and bought a dually. Big big difference.
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34 yr LEO, 14 yrs in traffic and commercial enforcement..never weighed a RV during my career.
Weight enforcement in Ca is focused on commercial trucking, stuff over 26,001 GVWR.
Some truckers haul over their 80,000lb limit, the fine is $1 for each pound over.
Occasionally we got involved in "low rider" enforcement, big full size cars running tiny 560x13 tires. The weight of the car exceeded the load rating on the tires.
The chances of anyone knowing your are over your load capacity by 800lbs is nil.
Upflying: Some folks are aware of the 26,001 LB Rule but I'd bet a lot of people on here don't know about it.
You say weight enforcement is focused on Commercial Trucking. While that is true, It also Pertains to RV drivers as well.

If you take a dually truck with a GVWR of 14,000 LBS and throw a 12,001 LB GVWR FW onto the truck you just entered the 26,001 Lb GVWR.
Now the RV driver needs a CDL Drivers License.
Don't see many FW trailers that look all that light weight.

How many of you are Towing over this 26,001 LB Limit without knowing you had to have a CDL...

This is from the DOT Website:
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles: Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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In today's world, you are probably going over a scale in the interstate traffic lanes approaching the weigh station. A couple years ago in South Dakota, at mile 13 on northbound I-29, the message board "invited" me to pull into the weigh station. I was quite surprised but unconcerned. I knew I was just under my truck's GCWR and axle weights. I did not even come to a complete stop on the scale when I got a green light.


Be aware that adding springs or other load assists may give you peace of mind. But it WILL NOT change the specs of your truck.


The chances of having to weigh are slim, but it can happen.
I've seen a time or two where the message board tells me to pull in to the weigh station. I believe that is because the scale "assumed" I was a commercial vehicle (the scale itself can't tell), and I didn't have a transponder, therefore I was told to pull over. I just kept on driving, since I am not commercial. No one came after and chased me down.


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Why would a 3500 cost $25,000 more than a 2500? Somebody is snowing you.

I think an extra 0 was added.
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Weight police

In regards to GlowPlug, your weights quoted are correct but you have to be haulng in commerce to require a CDL. Unless you are in the business of transporting RVs from dealer to dealer, etc., we are private and exempt.
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Sorry for the confusion.

My 2016 is paid for. A new 2019 is mine plus $25,000. That would cut into the travel money.

Correct. A 3500 truck is not a lot more expensive than a 2500. Usually just rides rougher unloaded.

Weighing my truck after an accident would be counterproductive. We have 7 figures of insurance. Letting the insurance company off the hook claiming negligence would cost them a ton. I could be broke before it was over.
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Why would a 3500 cost $25,000 more than a 2500? Somebody is snowing you.
x2...i know you own it, and that may be the discrepency, but on my "19 silverado it was less than a couple grand to go from 2500 to 3500 DRW when buying new.
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