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Old 08-26-2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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4 Corner Weighing- dumb idea?

Hi: I live in Ellicott City MD, and have just graduated from a B Sprinter (Roadtrek) to a 34' A (Tiffin gas).

I took it to a local truck stop for weighting, and am pretty good- but I would really like separate weights on all four corners.

This seems easier said then done! It seems I can go to a large show or rally, or visit a few places in Fl to get weighed. I thought about the half on/off the scale, but the results seem dubious.

Here is the dumb idea: If 20-25 people would "invest" $100 each, the group could purchase 2 very good scales for weighing individual wheels. I don't see any reason to weigh all four at one time as it would double the expense. I've seen used scales for less- but am concerned why they are for sale and calibration cost.

I would prefer the group to be within a reasonable distance of the "coordinator"
for convenience reasons.

Group members get free weighings, others can get weighed at the standard fee of $60- the money going into an account for maintenance or buying out members who may move or sell their RVs.

I see weighing rates at $60 for all 4 corners, with a re-weigh also costing $60. So this could be very cost effective.

On other forums I'm on this would probably considered a group buy. The difference here is that being close to the Storage location of the scales is a factor.

So think Ellicott City, MD, unless someone is more convenient to anyone who may be interested. I can envision meet ups where members could get together, and others interested could pay to get weighed.

I guess reply to list if anyone thinks this an OK idea, or tell me that it isn't. Or contact me via the forum

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Not sure why you don't do the half on / half off with a CAT scale. I've done this a number of times in the last couple years, and get reliable results compared to how things weigh in total with normal axle weigh......so I'm very comfortable with the results.

For less than 15 bucks in total, it's a great deal.

Since the scale I use is on a normal route I use and where I can fuel up, it can't get any more convenient as far as I'm concerned. No scheduling, shipping, or pre-planning required.

Just moved my daughter a month ago from CO to NC, and although I didn't do a 4 corner weigh (that time).....I did an axle weigh before leaving CO so I could up the tire pressure for the cross country run.

You can download phone app's that have the scale locations on it.
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If the scale has access and is level to the pad around it, then the four corners weights will be close enough.
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It seems like the CAT scale operators are getting pretty good at coming up with ways to prevent RV's from getting 4 corner weights by using the half on half off method. The scales I've run across that aren't elevated, are usually bordered by huge boulders, or iron pipe barriers.
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It seems like the CAT scale operators are getting pretty good at coming up with ways to prevent RV's from getting 4 corner weights by using the half on half off method. The scales I've run across that aren't elevated, are usually bordered by huge boulders, or iron pipe barriers.
If they have a pole next to the first pad, just put your fronts on pad2, and your rears on pad3.
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Not sure why you don't do the half on / half off with a CAT scale. I've done this a number of times in the last couple years, and get reliable results compared to how things weigh in total with normal axle weigh......so I'm very comfortable with the results.

For less than 15 bucks in total, it's a great deal.

Since the scale I use is on a normal route I use and where I can fuel up, it can't get any more convenient as far as I'm concerned. No scheduling, shipping, or pre-planning required.

Just moved my daughter a month ago from CO to NC, and although I didn't do a 4 corner weigh (that time).....I did an axle weigh before leaving CO so I could up the tire pressure for the cross country run.

You can download phone app's that have the scale locations on it.
Tell me more about how to weigh 4 corners on a CAT SCALE I was on theri WEBSITE and tghey said they could not do it. But I think what you are saying is weigh it once when the Left side is on the scale and the right side is off...then go around and do the right side. I am i right? Thanks
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It seems like the CAT scale operators are getting pretty good at coming up with ways to prevent RV's from getting 4 corner weights by using the half on half off method. The scales I've run across that aren't elevated, are usually bordered by huge boulders, or iron pipe barriers.
That is what the CAT scales in my area have done. There is a waste high steel pipe barrier all the way down both sides of the scale platform. No way to get one side of the coach on any nearby scales.
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Smart idea!
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I was a commercial pilot, constantly verifying weight and balance.
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My chum owned a rambling wreck of a Class C.
I noticed extreme wear on her left-front tire.
After replacing both fronts, we went to a closed -- un-ossifered -- weigh-station.
Doing a weird ballet, we weighed:
* front axle
* rear axle
* each axle-end individually
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We discovered her left-front tire carried nearly double its rating.
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Investigating, we found:
* the start battery was above the left-front tire
* the water tanks were under and behind the operator seat
* the house batteries were behind the operator seat
* her kitchen and pantry with months of canned goods were on the operator side near the front
.
Her rig was unsafely out-of-balance... from the factory.
After an afternoon re-arranging her interior, then re-weighing, we got her closer to rational.
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Another factor in the left-front over-load -- she has a fondness for a good buffet.
If there was such a thing, she could be in the running for a top title in Competitive Eating.
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