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markhansen 07-16-2012 09:49 AM

Weighing Class A
I just purchase a pre-owned motorhome and want to get it weighed. Is it the truck weigh stations on the express where I go. Is there a charge?
I appreciate any help.

Jim_HiTek 07-16-2012 09:57 AM

Many (most?) states allow you to use the truck weigh stations when they are closed. The machine is usually left on and there's usually a large display. There's no charge. Then many truck stops, like Flying J, have weigh stations. But there's usually a charge...around $8. The time or two I used them, I called the office using my CB, weighed, parked and went in for the ticket and to pay.

If you can, find a weigh station on the freeway that's closed so you can (maybe) weigh all four corners of your rig. Weigh the front, weigh the rear, then back up, move over so only one front tire is on the scale, then the rear. Some scales have a cement guard so you can't do that, others it's easy.

Sky_Boss 07-16-2012 09:59 AM

Try this:

JimM68 07-16-2012 11:28 AM

I went to the local grain company.
Nice because they let me spend as much time as i wanted to, and the layout let me do single axle or even single tire....

The scale was kinda nasty tho, never gave the same readings twice. Glad i wasn't selling them corn based on what that scale said!

HeapBigEngin 07-16-2012 06:10 PM

You might contact your local trash/recycle company. Our local company (Waste Management) allows me to weigh the coach anytime they are charge. And I do the whole coach, single axles and all four corners. And their scales are dead-on accurate to ensure that their trucks conform to state highway weight restrictions.

ahicks 07-16-2012 06:55 PM

I've learned how to use the CAT scales at most truck stops. No messing around, very easily located in the yellow pages or Google if you need to seek one out locally.

You pull up on to it (they're generally slightly elevated) and place your coach so your axles are on different sections of the scale (each section clearly marked with big yellow lines). Make sure you're tires aren't to close to one of those lines, which can cause bad readings. Anyway, with the coach set on the scales properly, go in and ask them for a weight slip. That will show you both your axle weights. Then ask them if you can be reweighed. It'll cost you another dollar. Go out and pull forward off the scales, then circle around and pull back on them. This time, pull the coach up so one set of wheels (left or right, makes no difference) are to one side of the scale tables - leaving just one side on to be weighed. Generally this is pretty easy as there's 3-4 feet of concrete on each side of the scales allowing you to do this (If you aren't sure of yourself, I doubt seriously you'll see anyone snickering if you have somebody guiding you. Most could care less...). Same thing locating on the tables, check to see your axles aren't real close to the edge of the table (yellow lines). That assured, go ask for your second weight slip.

The first slip will have the gross axle weights. The second, one side. To get the second side, subtract the second weight slip from the gross (the first) set of weights.

Easier to do it than write it out. I could probable actually do it faster than I wrote this! Total cost, less than 10.00, and I've never once had a truck waiting on me to finish my screwing around. I have had though, some pretty inept people on the other side of the counter, who for the world could not figure out what I was doing. I've found they either get it or they don't. Don't try to change them either way. It's clear in my head what I'm doing and why, and they're generally pretty good with that....

Congrats on the new coach!

racefn 07-16-2012 07:20 PM

ahicks what a great idea, I weighed mine last week and they asked if I wanted a second weight, wondered to myself if they thought there scales were that bad I needed to do again, now I understand, you can never stop learning on this forum....Thanks

Dunner 07-17-2012 01:30 AM

Danny's Family Truck Wash is $7 with one free re-weigh plus they brush wash motor homes for $1.38/foot, including the roof.

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