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Old 02-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Were do you go to check the weight of your motor home 1 axel at a time?
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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Check yellow pages for public scales in your area. Talk to them about their capabilities and what you need.

I go to a local farm and garden supply. They have a single plate scale. You can pull on and stop with just the front axle on the plate, they read the weight. Then you pull forward until the front is off and the rear is on, they again read the weight. Stopping with both axle on the plate of course can provide total weight. At this scale, even being a single plate scale you can maneuver to get one wheel at a time on the plate for four corner weights.
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Almost any truck stop will have a CAT scale. The scales are segmented to give axle by axle weight. Cost is $10 to $12.

A better way is to get individual weights for all 4 corners. RV rallies will frequently have a seminar on RV weight safety, and they will have a team doing individual corner weights.
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I head to the local feed store. I can weigh each wheel position there.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Even a single platen scale can give you axle weights. Just drive one axle at a time up on the platen.
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Here in San Jose, Ca you can go to Leale's RV Service and get your rig's 4-corner weights for free! I don't know if they'll do it as a drive-in, but if you're having ANY work done, just ask for 4-corner weights and they do it.
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Even a single platen scale can give you axle weights. Just drive one axle at a time up on the platen.
what is a platen scale?
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Also, places that quarry/load stone, coal, etc often have truck scales. If you are cruising around Oregon, the highway scales are left on when closed. There should be a digital display somewhere outside of the scalehouse. Of course do NOT use highway scales when they are checking commercial truck traffic.
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Anyone know of any good, preferred scales somewhere between Richmond & Baltimore? I know of the usuals, such as truck stops, but I'm hoping for a "good spot" where I may be able to do 4-corner weighing. As a side note for those of you who travel this area, there is a remote scale in DC on southbound I-295 just before the exit for I-95/I-495 crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It is a single platform scale, but there is plenty of room to weigh using the front half/back half pull through. This scale is normally left on, and I have used it a couple times. Problem is that no one wants to drive through DC (and as someone retired from DC Gov't, I certainly don't blame you), and everyone takes the I-95/I-495 beltway around DC, so that scale is not well known to RVers.
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They come to you with portable scales. Costs a bit more than most scales but when you do all 4 corners... Perhaps not so much different.

Or you can buy lunch for your local Diesel Smokey (Weighmaster) they use the same type of scales.

But the Aweigh-we-Go folks do a lot more than just weight, they will check your tire pressure gauge against their lab calibrated ones, they will present you with the inflation chart for YOUR tires (have your tire make and model and size handy when you contact them: Example. Mitchlin XRV 22.5 x whatever) very nice folks.
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As I posted on another place, check with your State Highway Patrol. They came to my home in WI and did a couple of six position weighs to help me adjust the tag pressure to lighten up the steering axle. No charge and they were happy to be of service.
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Thanks so far.

Every time I've looked at RVSEF's site, the only thing I see is where to get 4-corner weighing at the different events. I sent them a message via their site's "Contact Us", so I guess I'll soon see if the "they will come to you" has limitations. As far as the costing a bit more, this is something I don't mind since they're coming to me. However, I have my limitations as well, and don't expect to be crossing into the three digits just for a weighing .

As far a the local smokeys, they said a couple times that this is something that they don't do. While I've seen their DOT division crews out there on the roads, I've never had a chance to talk to them directly.
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