Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
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!
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
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).
Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
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
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.
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
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.
Since you are just driving a Suburban and towing the car, Iím guessing you wonít 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.
Before you leave, rent the movie classic The Grapes of Wrath. That will get you into the mood.