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Old 08-08-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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How to [weigh a Class A]

What is the proper technique and method of weighing a Class A
also where is the best place to do this

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Old 08-08-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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Some truck stops or weigh stations. Should do front and rear and 4 corners...
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So..can I just pull into a weigh station and get this done..do they charge ?
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Yes and they do charge a small amount...
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It's really pretty easy to get axle weights at truck stops like Flying J, Loves, etc... but it can be intimidating at first among all the truckers.

What I like to do is park first and go inside. Tell them you'd like to get weighed and ask them for instructions. There are usually "squawk boxes" to talk to the desk from your driver's seat but I can never understand what's being said over those things. Usually the charge is around $8.

Getting a good four corner weight is more difficult. The best way is to get it done at a rally where they're set up to do a lot of them. Otherwise, finding a scale on flat ground which isn't busy so you can pull each corner of the rig onto the scale one at a time is the ticket.

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If you have a town dump, transfer station, feed store or stone & gravel place nearby, they can be easier to use and most might not even charge you if you don't need a ticket. You could also call the State Police and ask if they have scales set up and would the weigh you.
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Probably a lot more expensive than a truck stop, but Lazy Days and some of the larger dealers around FL have four corner weighing ability.
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Thanks everyone..Good Info

You know things like this are taken for granted...that everyone understands...but not true...
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Next time you're on the freeway, and you see signs for a weigh station, if it's closed just drive on in and weigh. Most states leave the machines on all the time so truckers can weigh themselves...and so can you. Some states (most?, all?) don't care if you drive in when they are open either. There's usually a big display a few feet beyond the building. Or in the window.

Depending on the design of the weigh station, you can weigh the front axle, move up and weigh the rear axle(s) loop around (or back up) and just weigh the passenger side front then rear.

Simple math, and you've got your 4 corner weights.
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I have a scrap yard right around the corner.. They have scales and will usually let you ride across and get your axle weights for free. Most have the display so the driver can see it.
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I did mine at a CAT scale. As someone suggested, I went to the desk and told them what I wanted to do - including the 4 corner weight. It was easy. The interesting part was the four corner weight. The scales weight the front axle and rear axle - no problem there. Two truckers overheard what I wanted to accomplish and guided me on the scale to get the four corner weights.

This particular CAT scale allowed you drive to the right of the scale a bit, thus placing the driver side wheels on the scale while keeping the RV level but kept the right side wheels off the scale. So, two drive ons (the first for full axle weights, the second for the left side), a little math and I had my four corner weights. I just took the first weighing of the front axle and subtracted the second weighing to get the right side. Did the same math for the rear.

If I can do it, anyone can do it.

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Most moving and storage companies have a level lot with scales. You will find it almost impossible to get a 4 corner weight at CAT scales at truck stops due to the barriers on the sides and slope at most of them. You should be level when weighing the corners.

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One of the problems is more and more places that weight Trucks are using "Bridge Scales" these scales are raised above the ground on a metal Bridge,

They can give you weight per axle, but do you no good on right/left side.

You need a FLAT scale, And a Flat SEGMENTED scale is best (Segmented scales give weight per axle)

Drive on get total axle weight and RV weight

Drive so one side is on the scale and get axle weights

Subtrace one side axle from total axle to ge other axle.

Method two, http:/'/www.rvsafety.com and follow the weigh links, They come to you and for a fee do all the work.
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Most moving and storage companies have a level lot with scales. You will find it almost impossible to get a 4 corner weight at CAT scales at truck stops due to the barriers on the sides and slope at most of them. You should be level when weighing the corners.

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Ditto on Don's post. And, I will add, these moving and storage companies, often have nice quiet lots during the middle of the day (just avoid the morning and afternoon rush)

A human may actually answer the phone when you call about seeking the weigh-in...and may make an appointment with you.

The Mayflower Moving/Storage near me charged $10...their policy because it was a state certified scale.

Finally, their scale was in the middle of a nice large flat area...and they were nice folks too
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