Every new RV owner will ask this question at some point: Do I have to stop at weigh stations? The answer could be yes or no, depending on which state you are driving in. Typically, the answer is no, but there are a few states that will require you to stop.
What Are The Weigh Station Laws?
You will not be required to stop at weigh stations if you are traveling in an RV with a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of less than 10,000 pounds. Your GCWR refers to the maximum allowed weight of a vehicle. This rating includes the weight of passengers, cargo and the RV’s contents.
Nearly half of the states will require a stop if your GCWR exceeds 10,000 pounds. When you are combining your RV with a tow vehicle, cargo and passengers, there is always a chance that you will exceed the weight limit. At this point, a stop at the weigh station will be necessary.
State Weight Limits
It is possible that an officer requires you to pull over or directs you to a weigh station in the following states: Wyoming, Kansas, Mississippi, New York, New Hampshire, Utah, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Maine and North Carolina. These states do not have an RV weight limit, yet they can enforce random checks at their discretion. Arkansas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Wisconsin require single or in combination vehicles to stop at weigh stations.
Both Oregon and Colorado have state weight limits of 26,000 pounds. If you have an RV or combination that exceeds this limit, then a stop is required. In Pennsylvania, any large recreational vehicle will be subject to inspection. Trucks over the weight limit of 7,500, 8,000 and 10,000 pounds must stop in Washington, Virginia and South Dakota.
Scales are not the only thing involved with these inspections. Many weigh stations will preform visual safety checks, which includes looking at tires and lug nuts. Some stations may even check exterior lights and the truck’s suspension. U.S. bridges have a weight limit of 800 lbs. of tire pressure per square inch. While this is a federal law, it’s up to each state to enforce it.
More than likely an RV will not be required to stop at weigh stations. The suggestion is to know the laws of each state you pass through, while also inspecting the vehicle yourself each day before hitting the road.