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Old 09-18-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Certified weighing

I need to get a certified unladen weight of my trailer for registration purposes. As far as I can tell, our nearest certified scales are at a Flying J about 50 miles from here, so we're planning on hauling the trailer out there later today.

Now I've hauled wagons of corn and loads of garbage to the dump and truckloads of newspapers for recycling many many many times, so I'm familiar with the weighing thing, but in this case it seems like I'll have to unhitch the trailer to get the proper measurement. I'm just wondering if someone had tips or would give me a play-by-play of what I should do when I get to Flying J, you know, to avoid any newbie faux pas. Is it perfectly normal to need to briefly unhitch the trailer, or are people going to be annoyed at me?
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maybe registering a used/outta state unit/purchase is different.

with brand new all that was required was the bill of sale and basic dealer provided documents.

it's vague but as i recall ks uses a combination of age, length and weight...

but the weight is GROSS weight, as in gvwr.

not what the trailer might weigh on any given day, but the GROSS CAPACITY/weight rating.

think about it,

u could show up with a scale reading with holding tanks EMPTY vs full and change the fee....

liquids ALONE, is 100s of lbs, approaching 1000 lbs if lp is included.

or GUTTED vs packed with stuff and change the fee.

the gvwr is provided ON the trailer and with the original documents...

now, IF one were to tell the county dmv office person...

"i'm totally remodeling the unit so nothing original applies..."

that statement might lead to a 'certified scale requirement'

but it's a nearly new trailer,

and there's no need to SHARE future remodel plans...
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still scale readings are invaluable for many things.

simplest thing is to swing by the scale with truck ONLY and get a reading...

then go back with trailer in tow and do the math.

that will get YOU the info, but i don't see that solving a dmv need.

here are some relevant threads...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...-in-17984.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...nts-53304.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tte-25937.html

there are others (search using any of the key terms in the title only mode)

i have seen folks disconnect ON the scale

but generally THAT is forbidden at trucker/cat scales and will cause a ruckus if tried.

so ASK first, and go in when the place is NOT busy.

here IS a thread where disconnecting is discussed some by those who HAVE done so...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ler-56435.html

a grain elevator or major truck/service center with scales is another option, mehbe.

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Old 09-18-2010, 01:24 PM   #3
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I had to get a certified weight for my Classic since I bought it out of state. I had to go to a certified scale and unhook. It took only a couple minutes and a couple trucks were waiting patently while I unhooked and then hooked up. My truck was off the scale so all I had to do was unlatch and raise the trailer, get it weighed, lower the trailer and lock it into place.

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Look for any place where bulk goods are bought and sold. Grain Elevator,Scrap Yard,Recycler, where money is paid by weight.
I worked for a recycler(retired) and still today have use of the state certified scale whenever needed.
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Pull onto the scales & stop when TV is off scale but TT jack is still on. Jack up the TT till all the weight is off the TV. While not standing on the scale, press the call button for a weigh. When they call back to say they have it, reconnect TT to TV. It avoids having to scale twice. You won't have to pay for the extra $1 for a reweigh.

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Pull onto the scales & stop when TV is off scale but TT jack is still on. Jack up the TT till all the weight is off the TV. While not standing on the scale, press the call button for a weigh. When they call back to say they have it, reconnect TT to TV. It avoids having to scale twice. You won't have to pay for the extra $1 for a reweigh.

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What about WD bars? Disconnect? Remove before pulling onto the scale? Leave on but release tension?
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What about WD bars? Disconnect? Remove before pulling onto the scale? Leave on but release tension?
They will need to be disconnected also.

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