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Y-Guy

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Posted: 06/03/19 03:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back when I had my Raptor I would trigger the electronic warning signs for our weigh station in WA State. First I pulled off since the sign had told me to. I was told it measured my height and weight is what triggered the signs and I was on my way after being told I didn't need to stop.


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If you are truly a recreational vehicle you do not have to stop. If you are making money you are commercial. This would include any type of racing where you could win money.
I have a relative who is a profession motorcycle drag racer. He had his race trailer all covered in sponsors stickers. He didn't stop at weigh stations and got pulled over a lot. He removed all the stickers from his trailer, still doesn't stop at weigh stations, and doesn't get pulled over anymore.

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There's a difference between the letter of the law and the spirit/intent of the law.

The "letter of the law" in Maryland says to follow the signs. Most that I recall say, "Any truck over 5T must enter". I emailed them and explained that I'm purely recreational driving and that my truck alone, without towing, has a 12,300 lbs. GVWR but an actual weight of 8,200 lbs. The person explained that the I should stop so they can verify that I'm not performing any commercial activities. He also explained that is based off of the GVWR not the actual weight of the truck.

Now, the "spirit/intent" of the law is that it's for commercial drivers and recreational drivers should just drive on by.

I've never stopped nor will I. But if LEO ever gets his panties in a wad and pulls me over in MD for it, I'll know that I was in the wrong. I read of 1 instance of it happening on another forum.

In VA, I did pull into the exit for a weigh station because it was shared by a rest area. The signs indicated for me to bypass the weigh station when I came close to the "Y"-split for weighing or resting.


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DougE wrote:

Weight stations primarily exist to regulate heavy haulers and long distance drivers. For example, states generally restrict total rig loadweights to 80,000# (or something similar). There are also restrictions on driving hours that are confirmed by checking log books. So, in general, if you are not a long distance driver hauling heavy loads, weight stations are not for you.


Really it's Commercial drivers, not "long distance heavy haulers"

I drive long distances and haul heavy loads with my dually, for personal purposes, but I don't stop at weight stations, because I'm not commercial.


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Y-Guy wrote:

Back when I had my Raptor I would trigger the electronic warning signs for our weigh station in WA State. First I pulled off since the sign had told me to. I was told it measured my height and weight is what triggered the signs and I was on my way after being told I didn't need to stop.


I've triggered the same type of sign at the Idaho/Washington border on I-90 westbound. I keep going.

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DougE wrote:

Weight stations primarily exist to regulate heavy haulers and long distance drivers. For example, states generally restrict total rig loadweights to 80,000# (or something similar). There are also restrictions on driving hours that are confirmed by checking log books. So, in general, if you are not a long distance driver hauling heavy loads, weight stations are not for you.


yes it is 80,000. A special permit in needed for more. Strangely enough the max axle weights add up to more than 80k. Or they did when I drove


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Weigh stations in California have big signs that say “NO RV’s”. I guess they got tired of folks clogging up the weigh stations and wasting their time.


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There used to be a weigh station in Iowa that had a sign: "Trucks, Buses, and Pickups must weigh". It's been gone for many decades, and I've never seen another. And, as near as I can recall, I never saw that one open. Go figure.


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Posted: 07/18/19 07:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just to make it confusing for some, my one-ton truck is registered as COMMERCIAL because there is no personal registration for a vehicle that heavy in my jurisdiction. I once got pulled over when I was in my truck WITHOUT my 5er. The inspector wanted to see my log books. He let me off when I explained the situation but he said "You would never be pulled over with an RV on the back". I reduced the registered weight of the truck so I wouldn't get pulled over when I'm 'solo'.

It's all academic now because this year they took away my Class A driver's license because I got tired of taking annual physicals.

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joebedford ~ one-truck is registered as COMMERCIAL 2nd that! ( confusing )

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