In a Mobile home, travel trailer, 5th wheel, or RV; “Weigh station 3 miles”, veteran RVer and RV renters alike have driven past these signs go decades without an issue.
There are two main reasons for weight capacity checks in most states: safety and taxes.
Here we go over how to weigh an RV at home, do RVs have to stop at weigh stations?, why you should weigh your RV? state laws, and weight terminology.
Do RVs Have To Stop At Weigh Stations?
Generally, No, you do not have to stop at a weigh station unless it is required by that state. Weigh stations are for commercial vehicles, an RV is a recreational vehicle.
Your RV can be deemed a commercial vehicle if you operate a business out of it, but that is where things get tricky.
States that do require you to weigh your RV will often have signs instructing you to be weighed. Other states have police officers pointing you in the right direction.
20 out of the 50 states require you to stop if your gross combined weight exceeds 10,000 lbs.
You risk receiving a hefty fine if you try to get around being weighed and intentionally disobey laws that are in place.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn about the laws in the state you are visiting, taking the time to do so will keep you from paying a fine.
How to Weigh An RV Privately? (Not At A Weigh Station)
You can weigh your RV at Gas Stations, Travel Plazas or you can ask your DMV. You can also use a CAT scale and app like this:
Why Should I Weigh My RV, Mobile Home or Camper?
Safety is the overall answer but here are 3 reasons:
- Overweight: To find out if you are riding around overweight
- Tire Pressure: To set properly you need weight information
- Towing: How much can you tow with your rig
What states require RVs to stop at weigh stations? States With Weight Station Protocols:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
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States That Enforce Certain Vechinels To Be Weighed
Which states can police officers reroute any vehicle to weigh stations: Alaska, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Maine, Mississippi, Texas
Which states do commercial vehicles have to stop regardless of weight: California, Connecticut, Kansas, Texas
Which states do commercial, agricultural, and trucks have to stop if they weigh more than 10,000 pounds: Alaska, Arizona*, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland
*Arizona requires RVs used for commercial purposes to stop at all weigh stations
Which states do Privately-owned RVs, specialty vehicles, passenger vehicles, or trailers weighing over 10,000 pounds have to stop: Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington (State), Wisconsin.
Weight Terms and Acronyms
- UVW: Unloaded Vehicle Weight
- GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating
- GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
- NCC: Net Carrying Capacity
- CCC: Cargo Carrying Capacity
- Dry Axel Weight
What’s The Difference Between Gross Weight and Dry Weight on a Camper?
Dry Weight is the weight of the rig as shipped from the manufacturer and Gross Weight is the current combined weight (Dry Weight) plus (+) passengers, cargo, and liquids.
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The Road Is Yours!
Now that we cleared up “Do RVs Have To Stop At Weigh Stations” you can ride free of worry. In addition, you do have the option to stop if you want to weigh your rig.
If you are driving a larger rig and you are unsure if you should pull over, research the state you are traveling to on a site such as Triple-A, AAA. You can also be more confident in the weight of your rig and truck by taking the time to weigh your rig at a truck stop before you take off on the road.
If your rig does exceed 10,000 lbs, it is wise to research the state you are visiting before you travel.