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    Some of you guys must know. I'm renting a truck to move some furniture out to my son who just graduated college and got a job in Indiana. Being a truck, I'll have to stop at any weigh stations. The manned ones will be no problem; the inspectors will tell me what to do. But what is the drill at an automated weigh station? How do you navigate them? Or will it be intuitively obvious even to someone as clueless as I am?

    I don't want to be responsible for holding up a line of 20 semis while I figure out what the lights mean.
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    As I understand it you need to know the unladen grosse weight of the vehicle I.E find out from the manual or have it weighed empty.Then the simply deduct that from the grosse laden weight and then the know how much your carrying. Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    • #3
      Only commercial vehicles have to go through weigh stations, you don't have to worry about it in your case.

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      • #4
        Just cruise past. If they stop you you can ask about the procedure.
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        • #5
          The state of New York requires all trucks to stop. The non-commercial trucks get sent on their way, but they still have to stop. So says the "H Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit, NY State Police."

          Indiana, on the other hand, doesn't require non-commercial trucks to stop.

          I don't know about the other states I'll be going through, so I'll err on the side of caution and stop. So...what's the drill at an automated weigh station?
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          Try to make a living, not a killing. -- Utah Phillips
          Don't believe everything you know. -- Bumper sticker
          Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
          There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
          Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
          Don't own anything you have to feed or paint. - Hood River Blackie

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          • #6
            I rented a 20’ U-haul to go both to and from Rochester, NY. I drove through NY, PA, OH, and Michigan without stopping at any weigh stations. Not saying this is the correct way to do it, but it worked for me. I don’t remember if the stations were even open; not sure if I’ve ever seen them open along that route.

            George
            George
            Traverse City, MI

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            • #7
              In some states they can be very nasty to people who stop at weigh stations who don't have to. But you can get into worse trouble for not stopping when you are supposed to. Find out if you need to stop before hand - in each state, if possible. The rules vary by state and they often do a very poor job of documenting them.

              http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/webstate.htm

              Automated weigh stations, as far as I know, are just automated bypass - the truck is weighed and identified (onboard transponder) on the highway as you approach and you get a red light/green light telling you if you need to stop for manual weight/inspection.

              Be careful about internet advice, some of it is wrong including some things already posted in this thread.

              There are situations in which you are required to stop even if it is a personal trip.
              Last edited by whitis; 07-18-2011, 03:44 PM.

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              • #8
                There is at least one automated weigh station on my route, I think just as I cross into Ohio. I think t's always open.
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                Try to make a living, not a killing. -- Utah Phillips
                Don't believe everything you know. -- Bumper sticker
                Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
                There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
                Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
                Don't own anything you have to feed or paint. - Hood River Blackie

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SGW
                  There is at least one automated weigh station on my route, I think just as I cross into Ohio. I think t's always open.

                  You would be wise to not do as I did. That was 18 years ago and I don't know whether they had the automated checks or not. I certainly wasn't aware of any.
                  George
                  Traverse City, MI

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                  • #10
                    I would ask whoever rented me the truck. He should know the rules & if his truck has a transponder. If it's 26,000#+ gross you need a CDL. I'm pretty sure what your getting is under CDL or they would ask for your license. Here in Michigan at least you wouldn't need to stop as far as I know. I'd also call weighmasters office in Ohio if thats the one to worry about. Good luck!
                    Last edited by flylo; 07-18-2011, 04:09 PM.

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                    • #11
                      No one knew for sure

                      About 10 years ago I moved within the state of Florida. Just a 250 mile trip but using the biggest U Haul they had. The U Haul dealer had no idea if I was suppose to go threw the weigh station or not. I call the state and they didn't know for sure but said they thought I should.
                      So I took the truck to the local junk yard and rolled over there scales. Since I was loaded to the max I made sure I stayed under the legal weight for the truck.
                      The stations in Fl are set up with lights. So I just went threw every weigh station and followed the green lights at the speed limit they had posted. Never got a signal to stop and just rolled thew them at the posted speed.
                      Not a big deal here as your weighed on the move I guess. Better safe than sorry.

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                      • #12
                        When I moved from Ohio back to Texas I rented a huge U-Haul and pulled a trailer with a loaded car behind that. I don't recall stopping at any of the weigh stations but I do remember that there were large signs before each one. The sign will say ALL TRUCKS or COMMERCIAL TRUCKS. The sign will also have OPEN or CLOSED posted too. Best course of action is to Follow the Directions.

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                        • #13
                          Follow the signs & lights. They will more than liky send you throught the bypass, and your on your way. Good driving and keep it between the ditches

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                          • #14
                            Not really related to weigh stations but if you go across northern Indiana and are taking 80-90(Indiana toll road)I would look into an I-Zoom(toll transponder)as the toll rate is supposed to be as much as half.

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                            • #15
                              Glad to hear your son is smart enough to go where the pay is good. Unfortunately, not many have the guts to do so. I did the same in Jan, NY to IN, and considering the local economy here I wont ever look back.

                              Regarding weigh stations, just follow the lights/signs and be polite if anyone stops you.
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