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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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I just bought a deck over tri axle and need to get it weighed. I know I have to go somewhere that has a certified scale. I know I see signs going up north on I75 for a couple of the truck stops (flying J, Pilot) that says "Certified CAT Scale"... Would I be able to get the trailer weighed there and get a weight slip? I know that they aren't very expensive, like $5-$10. Also, how do I do it? Do I unhook the trailer so they get the weight of the trailer, or do they weigh my truck with it, and deduct the weight of my truck, or would I just pull up enough so my truck is off the scale, but my trailer is still on it?

Thanks for the help. Kinda new at this and I want to do it right the first time

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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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I've never had to do it but all of my landscape suppliers with scales print out on the load slip "state certified scale truck/trailer weights $10" or something like that. I think scrap yards will do the same. I would assume you run your truck across without the trailer then hook it up and go back across the scale.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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would I just pull up enough so my truck is off the scale, but my truck is still on it?
schrodinger's truck?

subbed, curious about this myself. I know a scrap yard/truck stop would do it for you. depends what is close. Just need to ask nicely
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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Find the scales you want to use near you. Drop the trailer on the scales, get it weighed, hook back up, collect your slip and go on with your day.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Maybe a landfill will too
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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subbed, curious about this myself. I know a scrap yard/truck stop would do it for you. depends what is close. Just need to ask nicely
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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Bridge lake off dixie will do this for you its like ten bucks
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I took mine to a local farmers co-op, they weighed it for free. I didn't bother to unhook it from the truck since it was nowhere near the limit for the lower weight trailer registration.

Good luck getting a truck stop scale to let you unhook it while on the scale.
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dont bother unhooking it.
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Isn't there a thread asking the same question every couple months? Should pipe be laid?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #12
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I went to the scrap yard off Baldwin Rd near Great Lakes Crossing. It was a couple bucks, they didn't have me unhook, and they printed out the slip for me to take to SoS. Obviously without unhooking the weight will read a little lower than it really is, but all that matters is whether it's over or under 2500 lbs.
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Has anyone run into problems towing an unplated trailer to the scales? We know that cops are 100% accurate on all legal matters, so will you get a ticket?
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How will they get the trailer weight if my truck is weighed with the trailer?
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Subtract weight of truck (assuming you know it's weight)
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Has anyone run into problems towing an unplated trailer to the scales? We know that cops are 100% accurate on all legal matters, so will you get a ticket?
I never have. I got stopped once but I was headed in the right direction for the scale place and told him I was getting a weight on it for registration. That was a trailer I built myself so I had no bill of sale. If you had a bill of sale, I doubt there would be a problem.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #17
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Subtract weight of truck (assuming you know it's weight)
I figured that. Is it that easy though, get them both weighed, then go up to the window and tell them the weight of your truck to subtract, they do it and say have a nice day? Doesn't sound to bad
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I figured that. Is it that easy though, get them both weighed, then go up to the window and tell them the weight of your truck to subtract, they do it and say have a nice day? Doesn't sound to bad
Just don't overestimate the weight of your truck. Wouldn't want your trailer to weigh -10lbs....
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How will they get the trailer weight if my truck is weighed with the trailer?
Just stop with only the trailer axles on the scale
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dont bother unhooking it.
X2 I Just rolled through the scales hooked up.
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