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Old 10-19-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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Wheel Weigh Pads, anyone try them ???

In my unending quest to achieve Nirvana and have a perfectly weight-distributed trailer/TV combo, the one item I think I still need to have is my own, personal, home scale capable of weighing the wheels / axles.

Since my wife won't let me dig up the side yard and put in a full-length truck scale, I have located an alternative called Wheel Weigh Pads (see pics) that look like they might do the trick just fine.

I am looking for something to have at home because I have not located a truck scale on the East Coast that (a) is convenient, or (b) wants to have an RV playing around for 1/2 a day weighing and re-weighing while truckers are there trying to earn a living, and I can understand that. (what I can't understand is why RV dealerships do not have scales at them...)

Anyway, for under $500 it would seem I could get one of these and, taking my time, work my way around the rig and balance away to my hearts content. I would of course put a spacer board under the other wheels to maintain level while weighing the other ones. The 1,500 lb would work for my Ranger, but it wouldn't work for the trailer or if I get a bigger TV so I would go with the 4,000 lb capacity.

I am fairly ready to just write the check and try one, but was wondering if anyone has ever used one or something similar.

At any rate, if you have any thoughts/suggestions, pro or con, please let me know. And no, you don't have to already own one of these to reply. :-)

best regards, Dave
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:07 PM   #2
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Never used that particular one before. We have an older set of balance beam type scales that we use to weigh race car corners on, work pretty decent for trailers if you have a high lift floor jack. I haven't weighed my AS yet (kind of pointless...no interior) But I did weigh my Coleman popup with the slide and found out the one side was running about 160# heavier than the other no wonder the left tire was wearing out first.

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Old 10-19-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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Curds and Weigh

DOT uses them all the time.
I have been weighed on them a few times.
Amazing how acurate they are.

Only problem was trying to drive up after they put them in front of each wheel, was like pulling a very steep grade from a stand still.
Took more than one try to get up there.

Get two.
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:01 PM   #4
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We had our TV/trailer weighed at the Region 11 rally on a set of similar scales a couple of years ago. It was a free benefit of attending the rally...pretty slick! Not sure I could justify the $500 individually though...

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Old 10-19-2007, 03:02 PM   #5
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ask at your local police department. some of the smaller departments have them to do spot inspections. you might offer your rig to help "train" some of their staff! i wonder if the old ones come up as surplus?
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:24 PM   #6
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Good find. I know the ones the police department uses cost $3500 each, and they carry four in the back of a Yukon.

Theirs go up to 20,000 lbs each.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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Hi again,

I forgot to list the web site. The one for $497 is from: www.

massload.com

and looks to be a company from Canada so I am not sure if the pricing is US $$ or Canadian $$ but not much difference I think.

I think I will just order it and give it a try... I like new toys.. Plus the wife will never think something that small could cost 500 so I will probably be ok... :-)

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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Plus the wife will never think something that small could cost 500 so I will probably be ok... :-)

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:45 PM   #9
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A friend of mine is a roundy rounder, I borrow his race car scales to weigh anything with wheels, suburbans,airstreams, varieze, etc.
Amazing what a case of beer will get you.
Google race car scales or snoop around the local track!
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:43 PM   #10
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i guess you could use it to measure your tongue weight too, right?
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Hey urban;
qualitybumper.com has a area that describes how to measure tongue weight with a bathroom scale and a fulcrum! give it a try!
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:22 AM   #12
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Hey urban;
qualitybumper.com has a area that describes how to measure tongue weight with a bathroom scale and a fulcrum! give it a try!
OR..............................

Just get a tongue weight scale from McMaster-Carr. I have one and it works great! Very accurate too, and you could be the envy of all of your trailering friends .

I really, really like the wheel scales. Might have to get one of those also!!
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Lew;
No wonder you have a van to put all your "stuff"in!
I try to not duplicate the systems I have for use on the ground, in the air well that's different.
I tried that tongue weight scale, just could not balance myself on it, LOL
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:53 AM   #14
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No wonder you have a van to put all your "stuff"in!
I try to not duplicate the systems I have for use on the ground, in the air well that's different.
I tried that tongue weight scale, just could not balance myself on it, LOL
DG,

There's your problem!

You don't balance yourself on it.......you just put your tongue on it!

After all, it is a tongue weight scale
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