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Do U-Hauls have to use Weigh Stations on the interstate?

Old 05-02-05, 07:29 AM
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Do U-Hauls have to use Weigh Stations on the interstate?

Sometimes I see UHauls go to the weigh stations, sometimes not.

Do they have to use them?
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Old 05-02-05, 07:39 AM
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I think it depends on the size of the truck. I know that when my wife and I moved from Virginia to Massachusetts we had to use the weigh stations along I95 because we had the largest truck in the Penske fleet (25ft). I'm not sure if the smaller trucks have to use the weigh stations.
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Old 05-02-05, 07:44 AM
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So did Penske tell you that you had to use the stations?
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Yes they did. Just speculating, but I think the reason has a lot to do with post 9-11 security.
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Im pretty sure you do...Moving from Florida to NY we had to, and we had the second smallest truck (we had a Budget but same difference). The only ones open the whole way though were in Florida.
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When my family moved from Texas around twelve years ago we stopped at the stations and even were searched at one of the stops. Entire situation quite ticked off my mother given it was rather late and her warning about things having shifted and thus loose was received somewhat rudely by the officer wanting to search.

As it turns out a lampshade was ready to pop right out the back had they opened the door fully and once done the officer explained that there had been a rash of U-Hauls carrying illegal cargo from Texas recently.
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what happens if you don't stop at them and just drive past them? can you play dumb? do they ticket you?
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It all goes by weight!
I can't remember that acctually weight restrictions but I'm thinking it is like over 10,000lbs - then you have to pull into a weight station.

I'm remembering something about 10,000 per axle being in that rule also.

If you were to be driving a F350 with big ass trailer you don't have much to worry about. But if you have one of those huge rentals that can carry like some serious weight in the box on back then you might be pulling in to the station.....

But this stuff I'm trying to remember was rules were about 10 years ago before 911, so what do I really know now...???
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Old 05-02-05, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
what happens if you don't stop at them and just drive past them? can you play dumb? do they ticket you?
Good question, I'm curious about this too.

I'm getting a 17-footer to move in Florida; I know I-10 only has an agricultural check-point between me and my destination, but I-75 has a few weigh stations. I certainly do not want to have to stop at them, and won't unless U-Haul tells me to.

Another related question...

The weigh stations all say something about "in-cab notifcation" or something to that effect...U-Hauls have nothing to alert you, do trucks and other big-rigs? I've never been inside a semi, so I'm not sure.
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I'm going to pile a bunch of hispanic friends in the back of one these, and take it through one of these weigh stations just to see how the hapless bureaucrats react when they open up the back.
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I drove two of the largest from PHX to Dallas and never stopped at the weigh stations. Guess I should have, but I always thought weigh stations were for commercial traffic and I guess I never thought of U-haul as commercial. Maybe it does depend on what you have back there????

I did have to stop at the boarder patrol outside of El Paso, but all traffic does. Even tho I was in a u-haul the guy just asked if I was an American and what I had in the back, he never looked.
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Hey Google is your friend! From the U-haul FAQ's

On my move, do I need to stop at the weigh stations along the way?
Requirements may vary from state to state and throughout Canada. Each weigh station has a sign that says what you are required to do; just obey the signs. Normally U-Haul customers moving their own household goods are not required to stop, because this is not a commercial move. However, if a truck is over a certain weight it may be required to stop regardless of what is being carried.

http://www.uhaul.com/trucks/faq.html
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I never have... and I moved from WA to WI and from WI to TX....
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