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Old 04-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Do you have to pull in a weigh station when your pulling a camper or are you exempt? I have seen signs that say all pickups with trailers must exit.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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Do you have to pull in a weigh station when your pulling a camper or are you exempt? I have seen signs that say all pickups with trailers must exit.
Probably depends on the state. In NC the answer is no, however DMV Enforcement can pull you over and ask you to go to a weigh station or even weigh you where you sit.

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Not absolutely sure about this, but in most western states, weigh stations at the state line are for commercial vehicles (for road tax purposes). I don't think they intend or even want RVs in those areas with the semi's. The exception would probably be a pickup hauling a trailer with a commercial load, like a small car hauler with a couple of new or used cars on it, or an enclosed or flat bed trailer with commercial cargo on it. They aren't interested in U-Hauls or camping trailers.
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Do you have to pull in a weigh station when your pulling a camper or are you exempt? I have seen signs that say all pickups with trailers must exit.
Every time I cross from Oregon to Washington State on US395 I have to pull over. I weigh in over 16,000 lbs. The signs flashes to pull into the weigh station.

Most states specificly state RVs are exempt.
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Over the past 4 years, we have pulled Lucy over 50,000 miles in all of the lower 48 states. We have never stopped at any state weigh station.

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You don't want to stop if you don't have to.

Make 'em chase you down, lights, sirens and all that. They just want to track dirt through your trailer.
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I wondered the same thing driving to north FL ---- saw the same signs. I inquired and they said travel trailers are not required. However, my friend pulling the horse trailer was not! Folks hauling agricultural stuff (plant or animal) must stop. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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In most states that only refers to commercial vehicles and trailers hauling livestock. There are brand inspection laws from state to state so they have to check on whats entering. Has to do with department of agriculture and Mad Cow disease.

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Well it sounds like i dont need to stop at weigh stations when pulling my tt with my tahoe, until they chase me down.
Now im wondering what if i pull it with my work truck. In my state, say a flat bed trailer, you have to license it with the weight you expect it to weigh loaded. But if you pull that trailer with a commercial vehicle, the weight of the trailer must be covered by the tonage on the plates of the truck. Crazy, must be a way for them to get extra money.
Now i wonder if the plates on my work truck need to cover the weight of my tt. I guess i better just pull into a weigh station sometime, when im not pulling anything, and try to get a straight answer out of them about this.
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Most all states don't want RV's in the weigh stations. There are exceptions. If your GVWR is over the minimum as Michelle stated, is one of them. I only know about the west coast. It may be completely different on the east coast. If you aren't a commercial vehicle I seriously doubt anyone is going to bother you.

California requires all rental trucks to enter open weigh stations. U-Haul, Penske etc. Anything hauling livestock as well. I forget their cutoff, I think it's 20,000 GVWR. I could be wrong on this one.

Oregon requires all trucks over 20,000 GVWR to enter. I have never seen an RV going thru a scale in Oregon. Unless it was closed and they were weighing their own rig. Oregon leaves the scales on 24/7.

Washington it is 16,000 GVWR and over. Commercial vehicles only. ( this includes rentals but I don't think they enforce it much )

Idaho it's 26,000 GVWR and over. Commercial vehicles only. All vehicles hauling livestock.

I could really get technical here but I think I got the bulk of the message across. I see rentals and RV's blow by the open scales in all the states I mentioned and I have never seen any of them pulled over. The fine you would get ( if there is one to levy ) would be pretty small compared to the fine they can get from a commercial rig that is over weight, out of hours, etc.
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I don't think there's a need to enter a weigh station. That's for commercial vehicles. In all my yrs(45) over the road have never seen a RV pull into a state weigh station.
Just drive on by if they want ya they'll come an get ya. But I don't think so.
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California is the only state I've encountered that requires all vehicles to stop for inspection (not weigh stations, though). I think they're worried that we'll return some of the plagues and blights that they've sent East.

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California is the only state I've encountered that requires all vehicles to stop for inspection (not weigh stations, though). I think they're worried that we'll return some of the plagues and blights that they've sent East.

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Here a little news item I posted a while ago about the California inspections.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tor-59156.html


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Yeah, Ken - I enjoyed seeing that inspector. From a distance, though.

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