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Old 04-20-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Weighing your MH

I don't know anything about weighing a MH. What and how do you do it? Where? Does it cost to have it weighed? I have heard people talk about weighing theirs at truck weigh stations, but have no idea how one goes about doing that. Also, what are you looking for when you get yours weighed? Thx.
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Very easy. Go to this site CAT Scale and check out the How to Weigh. Weights can be utilized for correct tire inflation, proper weight distribution, checking actual vs maximum requirements for coach, etc. Cost $10.00
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Corner Weights

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There are several recommendations on measuring the weights on individual wheels. How is this done?

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Old 04-21-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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If weighting at a "CAT" scale, most of them are set up so that you'll be able to set you MH on the scale with the right tires "OFF" the scale on the side apron and the front axle on 1 plate and the rear axle on another. Weigh this way 1st, then do a "Re-Weigh" with the whole coach on the scale with front and rear axles on different plates. By doing this you will be able to get a "4corner" weigh and know what the exact weight is on EACH corner of the MH.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:56 AM   #5
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Agree with the above completely, have used that process numerous times. I'd just like to add that most times, the help inside has no experience with what you are trying to do at all if you're going for the "4 corner" weights. You could ask for help, but I wouldn't expct much more than a blank stare. Though they'd like to help, they don't have the experience to draw on. I would pull onto the scales, then go inside (assuming the scales aren't busy, they generally are not.) and tell them you'd like a re-weigh. Makes no difference if you weigh one side first or last. When done you'll get 2 weight slips you can use to determine axle, over-all, and individual corner weights.

Big thing is to just relax and take your time. Assuming nobody is waiting, there are no "scale police" to make sure you are doing everything right and in a timely manner. We all had to do it the first time. In my case, I had to do it a couple of times! The math didn't add up correctly the first time around, and of course I was way down the road before figuring that out. Thankfully it's pretty reasonably priced! Best of luck!
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
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If you live anywhere near a company that sells gravel or limestone, they weigh their trucks going in and out since they sell by the ton.
I have weighed a couple of motorhomes at one of these facilities and have never been charged.
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Folks,

There are several recommendations on measuring the weights on individual wheels. How is this done?

Thanks, JohnnyB
As has been explained, you can sometimes maneuver your rig to get some wheels off the scale then add and subtract weights to calculate individual corner weights.

Other than that, RV rallies frequently have someone who has portable scales and will weigh individual corners for a fee (usually around $50-$60) and even include your tow or towed vehicle.
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I just weighed my beast for the first time a couple months ago. After I filled up the beast, I drove around and went to the Cat scales. Just hit the button on the panel, wait for the attendant over the comm. to answer and pull off. Go in and pay your $10.00 and they give you your reading. Very easy. Best of luck.

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When i weight my vehicle with total loads. I should compare the weights to the GCWR. Is this correct?
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Very easy. Go to this site CAT Scale and check out the How to Weigh. Weights can be utilized for correct tire inflation, proper weight distribution, checking actual vs maximum requirements for coach, etc. Cost $10.00
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My Cat scales only give axle weights and have no way (or room) to give corner weights. Got it done at a rally for $60.
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will use the CAT Scale tomorrow instead of going with the weight I received from a dump waste station.
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If weighting at a "CAT" scale, most of them are set up so that you'll be able to set you MH on the scale with the right tires "OFF" the scale on the side apron and the front axle on 1 plate and the rear axle on another. Weigh this way 1st, then do a "Re-Weigh" with the whole coach on the scale with front and rear axles on different plates. By doing this you will be able to get a "4corner" weigh and know what the exact weight is on EACH corner of the MH.

Dlindy, what do mean by putting your front and rear axles on different plates after weighing left and rear axle ends?

If I'm off to the side with my left front axle on the front plate, and my left rear axle on the rear plate, I get my weights.
Now I pull back and go forward so that my entire front axle is on the same plate that my left front axle end was on. Same for rear...
RIGHT?
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Yup! Just request a slip after positioning each way. The second slip is considered a "re-weigh" and should only cost a couple of bucks.
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