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Old 05-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Weighing the Monty

We are heading out for the Lancaster Rally Sunday for our first long trip. We are nubies and haven't weighed our Monty fully loaded. My question is do you go through the weigh stations that truckers use on the highways to find out your weight? Or where? Any responses would be appreciated. Can't wait to get on the road again and meet everyone.
Thanks again for your patience and knowledge. Terry & Claudia
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Most of the weigh stations don't want you in there. You can go to a grain elevator of I have used Cat scales at a truck stop
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Agreed, stay away for the Highway scales. Most major Truck Stops have scales and it's fairly cheap.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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Use the CAT scales at truck stops and you can get each axel on a scale and the truck on the 3rd scale so then unhook and weigh the truck .then you knoe the pin weight and what each axel is weight ,,,,sailer
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Also most of the major rally's have folks who weight rigs also. Escapee's have several permanent places you can get your rig weighted across the country also.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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We use CAT scales. They are at most major truck stops and cost about $9 for the first weigh-in and a buck for a second weigh-in within 24 hours. What this means is that for about $10, you can get our total weight (with tow vehicle) and also your tow vehicle weight. With these weights, separated by axles - trailer rear, combined; tow vehicle rear and tow vehicle front, you can mathematically calculate your pin weight, etc.

As Dick stated, at some Rally's you can get individual axle weights but make sure that you are level side to side and front to back to make sure that the weights are accurate. At the last Fall Rally we had signed up for this axle to axle weigh-in. Unfortunately, not only were they weighing on a hill, the driver side was also downhill (and the driver side is usually the heavier side on most Montana's). Because of the environmental factors involved all of the weights would have been skewed and inaccurate, in our opinion.

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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Seems like in our area at least some weigh stations are left on after hours. I have stopped to weigh the truck in the evening when the station was closed.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #8
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You might also check any moving companies in your area. Some of them have scales they will let you use.
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I do what "Chasnracin" suggests. There is a moving company down the road from where I live. They are friendly to the public since they aren't that busy with weighing moving trucks and their loads. However, for the reason "8.1al" mentions, call ahead to make sure they are friendly to recreational rigs!

I call in advance and exercise much patience that the trucks get first crack (only happened once), then I can take my time weighing my rig just like "sailer" recommends. The other thing I did was weigh a single wheel on one side at each point to check side-to-side weights too (subtract this weight from the total axle weight and the remainder is the other side's weight).

It costs me $10 and I can get as many weights as I want. I don't ask for a certified document or that would cost a lot more. The operator just writes all the weights down on a piece of paper and I calculate some other numbers. This is my experience with weighing the rig. Your experience may differ.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #10
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quote:Originally posted by mhs4771

Agreed, stay away for the Highway scales. Most major Truck Stops have scales and it's fairly cheap.
This was our course of action...weighed the truck first and then the combination rig...both cost a total of around $20. Cheap price to know just what we were dealing with...weight wise!
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:21 PM   #11
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My local moving company lets me weight mine and they do not charge me.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #12
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Here is a link for a very good brochure on weighing your RV which has worksheets included:

http://www.trucktires.com/bridgeston.../WeighForm.pdf

Hope this helps!


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Old 05-22-2012, 04:15 AM   #13
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You may choke when you see the numbers.We have our rig weighed at least once a year by RVSEF at a rally. By their data 65% or more of all rigs they weigh are overweight.
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