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Old 02-13-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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How/Where to weigh an RV

I would like to know the axle and overall weights of our RV. How do I go about this? Truck Stop weigh station? Cost? Thanks in advance for your ideas.
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Many truck stops have scales - look for CAT scales (you can find locations by googling "CAT scales". Cost is less than $10 and it is easy: Pull onto scale with front wheels on front pad and rear wheels on second pad, notify operator, pull off scale and go in office to pay and retrieve your weights. Shouldn't take more than 15 minutes tops.
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I would like to know the axle and overall weights of our RV. How do I go about this? Truck Stop weigh station? Cost? Thanks in advance for your ideas.
You should try to find scales where you can weigh each "corner" of your RV since they will vary, sometimes significantly, to be sure you are carrying the correct tire pressures across each axle.

Read the information on this website and do a search here for discussions on why weighing the "corners" is a must. We found a moving and storage company that had scales in their parking lot. Sometimes, the CAT scales at truck stops are not conducive to maneuvering so that the corners can be weighed independently.

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There are 3 * 2 types of truck scales,, Most CAT scales are what are called "Bridge" scales, they are on an elevated bridge, They are also segmented, so in a single pass you get all your axle weights and your total weight.. BUT.....

You also need side to side weights and a bridge scale can not do that (you want wheel weights)

A flat scale, may or may not be segmented (That's the *2 by the way, Segmented or not) but you can park so you are half on the scale, half on the ground, thus you get side to side (Each wheel) weight (NOTE wheel, not tire).

Finally there are portable scales, The Diseal Smokeys carry those,

So does the Awaigh-we-go folks from RV Safety & Education Foundation Just follow your mouse.
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Closed DOT scales often offer free weights. You simply do your own weights however you want
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Some other possibilities for weights. Some larger rv dealers have invested in corner scales and will, for a fee of course, give four corner weights. Feed mills typically have scales that sometimes can be used, as do many moving and storage companies.
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Check with local moving companies like Bekins. I went to them a couple of years ago for moving boxes and asked about their scales. They said it would be no charge for weighing if no documents were needed and I can't remember the cost for documentations. If they aren't busy you should be able to get all four corners weighed. Just a thought
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Any CAT scale I've seen/used has about a 3'-4' "safety zone" on each side of the scales. For your total weight and per axle weight, do as described above. For your individual corner weights, do as you did above, but go inside and ask to be weighed again. It'll cost an extra dollar or 2. Drive back on to the scale, but this time, pull one side of the coach (drivers works best) on to the safety zone, leaving just one side of the coach on the scales. Then get your second weights. Using both set of weights and some simple math will allow you to come up with your corner weights pretty easily.
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Any CAT scale I've seen/used has about a 3'-4' "safety zone" on each side of the scales. For your total weight and per axle weight, do as described above. For your individual corner weights, do as you did above, but go inside and ask to be weighed again. It'll cost an extra dollar or 2. Drive back on to the scale, but this time, pull one side of the coach (drivers works best) on to the safety zone, leaving just one side of the coach on the scales. Then get your second weights. Using both set of weights and some simple math will allow you to come up with your corner weights pretty easily.
Nice idea, I am not a math wiz, do you know the formula for calculating the corner weights from the known front, back, right side and left side weights?
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Just a quick note from personal experience. Disconnect your toad, so there are no direct or indirect influences; particularly with CAT scales as they are 70 feet long. Eliminates the question of where to position you rig.
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But you need to know what the toad adds to the rear axel and maybe adds or sutra TST from front axel.
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If you are near any of the Escapees locations, they have a vendor onsite who does 4-corner weighing. I believe it was $45 to have our coach weighed last year, plus they give documentation of the weigh and make recommendations about load distribution, etc.
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All I know is it totally screws up the weigh in...just did it. Steering axle was fine. Duals registered as one axle (the drivers), and the toad registered as the tag axle. Also, does the toad add weight if it is just a toe, placing no weight on the hitch (as opposed to a trailer which does add weight?
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A toad will not add any weight to the rear axle of the coach. OK, maybe a little bit? 20-30lbs tops? Still, weighing without will prevent confusion....

Process to get corner weights-
When done, you should have 2 weight slips. One for the first time around with the entire coach on the scales showing front and rear axle weights, the second showing the same, but for just one side? So the second slip shows 2 corner weights (1 front, 1 rear). To get the second 2 corners, subtract the first 2 corner weights (1 front, 1 rear) from those on the first slip showing the front/rear totals?
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