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Old 10-11-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Weigh stations

Traveling down interstate 83 from Pennsylvania to Maryland, I saw a weigh station that said all vehicles over 5 tons must weigh. I remember reading a lot about RV's not being required to weigh in various forums, so I drove on by. No officers chased us down. Then, reading last night on other forums, it was said the sign says all vehicles over 5 tons must weigh. I am pulling my trailer with a SUV which in Pennsylvania is not classified a truck. Don't need a weight sticker.

Question 1 is, How many of you all over the USA have drove past an open weigh station and actually got pulled over for doing so?

Question 2, How many NEVER pulled into OPEN weigh stations and never got chased?

Question 3, How many got yelled at for tying up the scaled when they actually did pull across an OPEN weigh station?

This should be interesting.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:50 PM   #2
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Truck weigh stations are for commercial haulers. As a private hauler you are gumming up the works pulling in.

Keep on driving, it's your chance to get ahead of all the semi's till they pass you again!
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:00 PM   #4
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My buddy pulled into one a few years back and they told him to move on!

I stopped at a agricultural inspection last year coming out of Florida just as a precaution because the signage was not clear. The inspector waved me on before I stopped.
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Well, I guess this one answers the question for Maryland. But, when I drove by, why didn't they chase me down?

Thank you for your email and for contacting the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Financed solely by toll revenue, the MDTA is an independent State agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities.
We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. All vehicles with a gross vehicle weight or gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds must stop at open weigh stations. Only vehicles that are operating in commerce may be subject to a safety inspection.

Thank you again for your email, and please let us know if we may assist you further.

Kerry Brandt

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If the sign says "ALL VEHICLES OVER 5 TON", I go in. If it says "ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES OVER 5 TON", I drive by.
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Never stopped. Never got chased. Never pulled over.
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Its a technicality, you should stop if the signage states "All vehicles over xx tons" but as Norty says if you pull in they will simply wave you right through as they are looking for revenue from commercial vehicle enforcement.

You do not fall under the FMCSA standards unless you are operating in interstate commerce.

I have never stopped at any of them and have never had a problem.
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Be eternally grateful and scared witless that the RV industry is so lightly regulated!


Police and other law enforcement agencies (tolls, registrations, inspections, etc.) generally ignore RV's, unless you are doing something incredibly stupid.


But that leaves us with our 'portable housing" built to standards set by the industry itself, the RVIA.


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I hope you are not advocating more government regulation.
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