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Old 05-25-2011, 01:17 PM
Location: Encinitas, CA
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Starting a cross country move on Sunday with my husband, a 16ft. Penske truck, and car on a trailer (all four wheels off the ground). I was told by an uncle who is also a Commercial driver that we would have to stop at all open truck weigh stations.

Has anyone had experience with this, or had to do this?

My husband currently has a CDL (commercial drivers license) from a previous career but is no longer driving. I am hoping to get some input before attempting to call every DMV between here and California (I just don't have the minutes to sit on hold that long...)
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:31 PM
Location: The Triad (nc)
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In several places (but not all) the signs you read will direct rental trucks to stop as well.
So long as you aren't carrying anything or anyone illegal... you'll be fine.
But I know I've seen these on I-40 recently.

I suppose there is a list somewhere...
maybe even organized by Interstate Number
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:42 PM
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When I moved, I had the same question. My dad is a former truck driver and so is my uncle. I got two different answers. lol. My dad said no when hauling personal belongings. My uncle said yes. So I made some phone calls. I was going to be traveling the Ohio Turnpike and the Indiana Toll road. I called the 1800 numbers for both and was told I did not have to stop. The Uhaul website says each state varies.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:49 PM
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Do you have to stop depends on many things and each state. The thing to remember is many exempt rental trucks when on personal household moves. but the inspectors and agents don;t know if it's personal or commerical so its not uncommon to be stopped by police for passing one up and they just let you go on your way after they confirm its personal. From time to time we use rental trucks to pick up or drop of things for work and we are required to stop at the stations and most of the times as we get to the scale the by-pass green light flashes. Odds of getting stopped is slim but its an annoyance to get stopped so read the signs and if your not sure, just drive on in and they just may green light you before you can slow down.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:36 PM
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If you're moving interstate using a rental truck between June 7-9, 2011, your chances of being pulled over will be a lot greater.

This year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) announced that they're holding their annual 72-hour International Roadcheck during those three days.

This year, Roadcheck 2011 will "include added emphasis on finding carriers of household goods (HHG) who may be operating “under-the-radar” by using improperly marked rental vehicles and/or operating as a property carrier rather than HHG carrier."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has noticed a disproportionate drop in HHG carrier registrations and believes some HHG carriers are commercially moving household goods either in unmarked rental or leased vehicles or in vans/trailers that are marked but with improper authority.

As a result, CVSA inspectors will put a sharper focus on this activity and take any necessary enforcement action.

SOURCE: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (http://www.cvsa.org/news/2011_press.aspx - broken link)
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:44 PM
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Drive past it. If you soon see flashing lights behind you then more than likely you shouldve stopped.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:13 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I never have pulled into an 'weigh station' when using a rental truck for personal goods. I ALWAYS stop when using a rental truck for commercial transport.

Last week did an eastbound run in a (HEAVY) rental truck NorthWest coast to Dallas. Did an earlier run (January) NW to NM. Never stopped.

This week I did a 4000 mile road trip (not in rental truck), tho I watch them closely (a lifelong CDL driver), and haven't seen any stepped up activity YET,,, YMMV (But I wouldn't stop if I was of legal weight and ONLY carrying personal items.)
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:54 AM
Location: Travelers Rest, SC / Clearwater, FL
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I did not have to stop for weigh stations, but there was an Agricultural checkpoint at FL/GA that instructed rental trucks to stop, so I did for that one. Basically if the sign says ALL TRUCKS or specifies Rental Trucks, I would stop.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:56 PM
Location: Encinitas, CA
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Thanks for the input!

We decided to play it safe and just pulled in to all the ones that were open (which wasn't very many on Memorial Day weekend), just in case. We only had to stop at the first open Arizona weigh station, he just asked us where we were headed and waved us on, and the the agricultural checkpoint at the California border, where they had us open the truck. Every other state (Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and new Mexico) only had one weigh station open and they all just wave us through.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:19 PM
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can anyone tell me how much is thecurb weight of penske 16 ft and 22 ft.Diesel Non-CDL Cargo Vans,as we are moving and we hired a moving company, he was not interested in telling us in thing only thing he said its empty weight is 16500lb
please help as we feel cheated and threatened
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