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Posted: 02/26/22 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were driving our 38 ft Class A MH West on I-20. As we entered MS a sign said "All Vehicles Over 5 Tons Must Enter". I didn't. Surely they meant DOT vehicles and trucks, right? Is a RV ever required at a Weigh Station? Not that i am aware of. Thanks.....


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Posted: 02/26/22 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weigh station rules

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Posted: 02/26/22 12:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When you aren’t sure abut a state’s rules I suggest complying with the sign.


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Posted: 02/26/22 01:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Commercial vehicles only. If you happen to be towing your bike or car home from the race track where you could have won a prize then technically you are commercial.

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Posted: 02/26/22 02:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That isn’t what the chart says for Mississippi that was posted by rgatijnet1.

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Lwiddis wrote:

When you aren’t sure abut a state’s rules I suggest complying with the sign.


What is the penalty for stopping when not required? Worse thing could happen, they find you are over your tire ratings. The fine might sting, but the reduction of ignorance about a real danger would be worthwhile.
OTOH, if you pass a scale when you are expected to stop, even if everything else is legal, that fine can get pretty high. And it won't be any of the COMMERCIAL ONLY keyboard lawyers paying.

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Hi,

I always thought that the weigh stations only applied to commercial vehicles.

So item #3 in the "Weigh Station Rules" link posted above states:

"Passenger or specialty vehicles that weigh over 10,000 pounds must stop for weighing in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada and Pennsylvania."

Having lived in Massachusetts all of my life, I can't remember even SEEING a weigh station here, let alone it being open. Most of the ones I've seen in New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island) that are still there are closed almost 100% of the time we go by. And in my opinion, there are very few of them in New England to begin with. I'm sure an over the road trucker would be able to chime in with more experience here.

As for checking if we were over the weight of our tires for safety.... Is that even a possibility? Most of the weigh stations I do see usually have the trucks rolling along and not even stopping. How the heck could they weigh an RV and then make a determination that it was over its axle ratings or tire ratings and was a safety concern.

I always assumed that the commercial vehicles had maximum weight ratings specified by the D.O T. for the type of truck and number of axles. They didn't check to see if the rig was "safe" carrying that weight.

But I could be wrong, and would love to hear from those with more experience with this. Both from RV'ers and OTR truckers.

~Rick

* This post was edited 02/26/22 03:09pm by Rick Jay *


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Weigh stations are for commercial vehicles.I’ll agree some states poorly word their signs . If you are for profit or a racer in California with paid sponsor stickers all over you are “ maybe” a target. California loves to target racers . Note … Commercial vehicles have their paid load ratings on the side of the cab. Do you? And their IFTA number that’s all they are interested in . If you as Joe rver pull in you will be hurried through as they don’t want you there and have no interest or knowledge of your truck or Rv’s ratings. Now if your pulling a house that’s dragging the ground and a officer pulls you over that’s a different matter. Otherwise stay out of the weigh stations! As a side note if your pulling a water craft you may have to go in for an inspection at some weigh stations. You did clean the hill .. right?
40 years a commercial truck driver .. if you have a cab you’ll hear them all laughing and making fun of you. Just saying


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Generally if you blow past a weight station and you should have stopped they will chase you down and either escort you back or porta-scale you.. Generally. Unless they are having a bad day... Then.. Good luck.

But that only works once.

Know of a Driver who had a "Permitted" load. Well he went to visit his sweety then he took a shortcut (not on the permitted route) then he met one of my Motor Carrier officers and the fine... Well he paid that MCO's wages for about the next two years. (OUCH) it was a very heavy/wide load.


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I’m guessing the sweetheart wasn’t worth the fine?

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