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#1 OFFLINE   Monkey44



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Posted 25 March 2006 - 10:44 AM

How many of you guys stop at the weigh stations when you're hauling your TC and a cargo trailer at the same time. I've seen PU trucks with trailers (not often, but enough) in line with the big rigs on the weigh station portals ... I never pull in, but wonder why some do ?? Thinking it's maybe a commercial thing, where PU's hauling commercial freight must stop ... but personal vehicles have no requirements -- anyone have an idea??

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 10:58 AM

My guess would be they they have a commercial license on there trucks this is just a guess and know nothing for a fact on this.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 11:32 AM

i have a commerical plate on my truck, however, if i am pulling a non-commerical trailer (for my personal use) i would not stop. i think they have better things to do than to mess with me.

another interesting thing - my daughter told me of a friend who was passing thru NC towing her own personal horse trailer and was given a ticket because she did not have a CDL license. i cannot believe that one. every farmer in the state could be ticketed if this is true. but our state gestapo is among the best.

i should add that when i was transporting RV's commerically we were supposed to stop at weight stations, but no one that i knew did. we took our name plates off the door and unless you could see the 'transporter' tags on the trailer you could not tell if we were private or commerical.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 01:17 PM

CA weigh stations specifically say, "NO PICKUPS."
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 01:52 PM

in Ohio - i hope i have the wording correct - All commerical vehicles over 4 tons when empty must stop. so i never stopped. but, i do not beleive they really cared about any pick-up truck hauling/towing an RV.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 04:15 PM

I can't remember what the signs read at the Indiana chicken houses, but back in the 80's when I drove through there weekly, I heard on the CB and 2 Meter ham radio; that the diesel bears would chase and stop every pickup truck that did not stop at the coup. What they are doing now, I do not know.

If your rear tires look like they are underinflated, check the air pressure and move as much heavy cargo as far forward as possible to change the flat tire look. The younger diesel bears can be very aggressive and they could ruin your vacation, especially if they insist on searching your vehicle or just weigh you.

Larry(FedAgent), what should our response be if an officer asks to do a search of truck and/ or TC? Usually there has to be probable cause, but as Homeland (In)Security grows in strength and our rights fade away, I am not sure if that is necessary anymore. My fear would be for an officer to plant 'something'. Does anyone have any past experience with the above?

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 04:36 PM

Are these weigh places unmaned? We have weigh scales here that the tractor/trailers have to stop at although I don't know where they draw the line weight wise. These are on all busy highways. Then we have weigh scales where anyone wanting to weigh their RV, PU or whatever can at no charge. These are usually just off of the main highways or on secondary roads.

We also have check stops, not just for impaired drivers, but for vehicles that are not mechanically sound. They pull over every commerical vehicle and have mechanics right there that crawl underneath the truck, check brakes, tires, also under the hood for any defects. There are many tow trucks sitting there with them and many rigs get a ride on the back of the tow trucks back to their shops with heavy fines. I like to think that this is a way to keep our highways safer, but who knows if it helps or not. I would imagine once the police are set up, the warning call goes out over their CBs to all other truckers in the area, not to go that way. The check stops are usually set up just before you exit the city.

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 04:47 PM

i think dont hold me to it but if i rember AZ states all trucks mus weight witch incudes all vans pick ups that have truck plates on them...
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 05:43 PM

we never stop in tx or az or anyplace...didnt know that anystate required private veh or rvs.....

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 01:24 PM

I'm bringing back a topic a dozen years old with a slight twist. Evidently CA considers your vehicle commercial if you have a flat or utility bed on the back. Technically, this means you must stop at their scales if over 10k lbs GVWR. We make a trip to CA one everyI have now traveled twice through CA with my Ram 5500 and not stopped at the weigh stations nor have I been chased down for not stopping. Both times I was carrying a truck camper with my enclosed trailer towed behind it - Neither my truck or trailer have business or weight stickers on them indicating any commerce. Am I a scofflaw and getting away with transgressions of CA law or are they not interested in RV's who bring in tourist money? It's one of those questions you don't want to ask because you might not like the answer or attention you bring upon yourself.

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:58 PM

This is always an interesting topic. Good to see this old thread revived...

In NJ any diesel powered vehicle over 9999# even if for private use must run commercial plates, however, if under 15,000# no CDL is required.



Being a truck camper (with no trailer) registered at 12,300# and usually <barely> under my registered weight... I typically blow right past the state scales in the NJ/PA/NY area.

Am I setting myself up for an expensive ticket...?


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