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Stopping at Scales? #4594318
12/04/17 06:56 PM
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dogememe Offline OP
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Next year I'll be moving cross-country. Plan to use a car dolly to tow my front-wheel-drive Ford Escape with my Suburban. Thing is I've never towed anything so IDK if I have to stop at scales or whatnot? Hoping somebody here has towed stuff and has some idea. Thanks!


2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~91K Miles.
1995 Chevy Silverado 5.7 ~277K Miles.
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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594326
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No, you don't need to stop at scales. You are not a commercial vehicle.

Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594328
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If you're not towing with a commercial vehicle, you'll be fine. I tow a 7X14 enclosed trailer for work with a wrapped/decal covered Transit van, and I don't always go over scales myself (although I should).


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594336
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Just don't do this........


Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: OneEyeJack] #4594345
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Just don't do this...
Right. My friend did that to her Protege, all the way from Richmond to Columbia. It wasn't on hard enough skid the tires, but cooked the wheel cylinders so badly that all the fluid ran out.


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594353
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A few years ago I went from Alabama to Texas driving a 26 foot uhaul towing a trailer with my MG on it. Never stopped at scales and never had a problem.


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594360
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Uhaul's and personal vehicles don't need to visit weight scales.

I once rode hitch hiking in CO in a really overloaded truck full of neatly stack wood that they rented an oversize Uhaul to avoid weight scales and limits on back roads. The thing was tippy.

Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594381
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I would get a car trailer rather than a dolly.

You need to go in the proper toll lanes. Some are "nothing in tow".


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594420
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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U-haul trucks are comnercial and must stop at scales in ca. Your suburban does not


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594441
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I think each state may have their own rules. Check them out. Another idea is to contact your rental company. They will have the info.

Last edited by PimTac; 12/04/17 08:50 PM.

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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: Donald] #4594472
12/04/17 09:39 PM
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San Rafael, CA
dogememe Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
I think each state may have their own rules. Check them out. Another idea is to contact your rental company. They will have the info.


Unfortunately I can't ask the rental company, because I am not renting wink

Originally Posted By: Donald
I would get a car trailer rather than a dolly.


I'd love to buy a car trailer, but they're expensive. I don't like "little cars" but I intentionally purchased a front-wheel-drive vehicle (Ford Escape) to enable towing with a car tow dolly. Also, car trailers are heavy and since I only have a Suburban 1500 it might not be able to handle such a load especially with three people, a bunch of cargo and stuff. I could just sell the Escape and get a cargo trailer but I'd rather have a second car than a trailer. After all, while it doesn't have the same capacity, I can just put stuff in the Escape and use it like a cargo trailer.


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594485
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dogememe Offline OP
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Why throw away $500 when I can buy this for $1000 and then sell it for more than $500 when I get where I'm going or just keep it?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/FREE-SHIPPING-Ultra-Tow-Car-Tow-Dolly-2800lb-Capacity/331632830715


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1995 Chevy Silverado 5.7 ~277K Miles.
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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594492
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You don't have to stop but believe me if you do and don't they will run you down and make you go back.
My father and I were bringing back a brand new Triaxle from Maryland to Pennsylvania, I was driving and he told me to just run the scale it's a new truck, never had anything in the bed. I didn't get far before I had a cop on me.
He was going to make me go back but crawled up the ladder looked in the bed looked at the transit slip and said go ahead but don't do it again.

Last edited by Panzerman; 12/04/17 10:15 PM.


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594494
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Originally Posted By: dogememe


Why throw away $500 when I can buy this for $1000 and then sell it for more than $500 when I get where I'm going or just keep it?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/FREE-SHIPPING-Ultra-Tow-Car-Tow-Dolly-2800lb-Capacity/331632830715


You're going to pull that cheesy trailer loaded with an Escape that's loaded with household items across the country with a fully loaded old Suburban? popcorn


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Re: Stopping at Scales? [Re: dogememe] #4594501
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Found this on AAA website.

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/weigh-stations/


Since you are just driving a Suburban and towing the car, I’m guessing you won’t have to stop. Most weigh stations have those transponder lanes prior to the station. A sign will tell you if you need to exit to the scale. Have your cooling system and brakes checked for good measure. The mountain passes will be a good test for your rig.


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