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Old 05-05-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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You might want to watch CAT Scale's short video on how to weigh using one. It shows you the whole procedure on how to weigh yourself using a CAT Scale. Here's the link:

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Old 05-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #16
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I had trouble finding a scale in my area that could weigh each wheel. I first went to a cat scale and got the front combined weight and then the rear combined weight but when I contacted michelin for the proper pressure they were reluctant to give exact tire pressures. Finally I found a large moving company that had a scale flat level with the ground they weighed each wheel seperately like michelin suggested and I got the answers from michelin

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Old 05-06-2011, 10:35 AM   #17
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The reason for measuring side to side weights is to make sure the load is balanced. A couple of hundred lbs side to side is fine, but any more and you need to move some stuff around.

Otherwise all tires on an axle should have the same inflation pressure as dictated by the total weight on the axle.

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Old 05-07-2011, 02:26 PM   #18
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I know, at least a few years ago California scale that was "on" after hours. Its on 101 outside of Whilits. The HiWay is one lane NB and one SB at that point. You can drive into the scale area only from the SB direction. In the building the have the readout for the scale turned around so you can see it. I weighed my rig there several years ago. It's probably still in use and I plan to stop there if it is on my next trip that way later in the year.
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Here in Washington, I pulled into one of the State Patrol run truck scales (parked to the side first) and asked if they would weigh me. They said no problem, but could not give me an official weight, but would write the weights down for me... which they did. This type of scale weighs front axle and back individually.

However, that was just an initial weight until I attended a rally and had each wheel weighed individually, for tire inflation purposes.
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Here in Washington, I pulled into one of the State Patrol run truck scales (parked to the side first) and asked if they would weigh me. They said no problem, but could not give me an official weight, but would write the weights down for me... which they did. This type of scale weighs front axle and back individually.

And had you been overweight they would of most certainly wrote you a ticket.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:39 PM   #21
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Does anyone know if California scales work the same?
All the CA scales I've seen are behind closed doors. Don't think they are turned on when closed. The other scales I've seen are called portable or Jump scales, and the CHP take them with them when they close up.
We have a private Truck Terminal a couple of miles from my house that has a scale, plus a Grain Elevator next to it. Both have scales. Talked to the operator the other day and She told me they do RV's all the time. Each axle plus toad or Trailer and one side of each axle. $8.00 total.

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