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Old 08-22-2014, 11:18 PM   #15
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I wonder of we will be required to stop at some point in the future. Lots of folks have their RVs overloaded but don't know it. It's a gov revenue opportunity waiting to happen.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:27 AM   #16
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I wonder of we will be required to stop at some point in the future. Lots of folks have their RVs overloaded but don't know it. It's a gov revenue opportunity waiting to happen.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:00 AM   #17
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And get a physical every year!! (Every year because you are probably on blood thinner medication)
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:15 AM   #18
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Generally no, if you aren't running commercial tags or otherwise commercial. There is or was one weigh station on I-270 south bound north of Bethesda, MD that required all vehicles over 26,000 pounds to stop.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:22 AM   #19
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If you can see the zero on the scale that means it is on, pull on in and weigh in a closed weigh station. Do not go in when it is open.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:25 PM   #20
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A coach may be overloaded for the tires and/or axle, but they are not overloaded for the road. You have an awful lot of empty space in your motorhome. Jerry
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:43 PM   #21
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I do not go into weight scales when they are open.

Depending upon the signage you may be required to.

If the sign says "All vehicles over 26,000 you are required to unless it says RV exempt.

If the sign says "Commercial Vehicles" you do not have to unless your RV is for commercial purposes or you are delivering a RV. If you are driving a RV pulling a race car to a event and are competing for prizes you can be considered commercial.

Generally speaking weigh scales are for commercial vehicles and are manned by compliance officers. While their focus is on commercial vehicles they are officers of the law and can enforce the rules for all vehicles that fall within their jurisdiction and that includes RV.

RV are required to follow the weight laws same as anyone else and can be ticketed for axle and GVW overloads. It is upon the discretion of the officer.

IMO if you are not doing something that catches their eye such as speeding or driving erractically you should have little concerns about passing an open scale.
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I called Maryland DOT and was told that ALL vehicles over 10K# MUST stop, but I've never seen any stop. I don't intend to, either. Alternately, Delaware told me "Don't stop".
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I called Maryland DOT and was told that ALL vehicles over 10K# MUST stop, but I've never seen any stop. I don't intend to, either. Alternately, Delaware told me "Don't stop".

The guy who told u that is clueless.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:56 PM   #24
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I wonder of we will be required to stop at some point in the future. Lots of folks have their RVs overloaded but don't know it. It's a gov revenue opportunity waiting to happen.
Or you know a safety thing.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:14 PM   #25
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Most up to date weigh stations do more than weigh the truck. Most have infrared that will look at the axles, they want to know if there is to much/to little heat, possibly due to a low tire, malfunctioning brake, etc. Some states have plate readers that will look at the date/time you went through the last scale, and see if you should have rested, or if you did a speed run from the last scale, which will trigger someone looking at your log book. Today's truck scales are not what they used to be, I am not a fan of them, but they are there to police the driver's and companies who are operating unsafely. You may go through a few scales a day, but if you are cheating the system, eventually the system will catch you. In a few years my guess is all logs will be automated anyway, so the only left for the scales guys to do is mechanical and weight inspections.
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Do you stop at weigh stations ? If your a commercial vehicle, I would stop. But if your not and you do, you will be leaving with a ear ache.
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Don, I never knew that! I'll have to check that out next time I pass one that is closed! Thanks!
Educate yourself first. Some states, Indiana is one, can/may issue a trespassing ticket for entering when the scales are closed; reason reduce vandalism. Most IN weigh stations have signage indicating this.
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I never knew they left the scales on when the weigh stations were closed - am going to swing into one of those just to see how much we “actually” weigh (with me out of the RV, of course).
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