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Old 01-31-2024, 01:54 PM   #1
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Weigh Stations ?

Are School Busses Required to go through Weigh Stations ? My Bus is 24F. Has anyone had issues with DOT For not going through the station ?

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Old 01-31-2024, 02:04 PM   #2
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If it is registered as a motorhome/RV then NO, not required to stop.

Not a commercial vehicle!

If used in commercial activity then yes/maybe, some weigh stations require you to stop. There will usually be a sign posted when busses are required to stop.
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Old 01-31-2024, 02:21 PM   #3
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Thanks It is titled as a motorhome with a full build inside..
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Old 01-31-2024, 02:24 PM   #4
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RV's do not need to stop at weigh scales in Minnesota, just called a nearby inspection/weigh station and got that answer.


Just yesterday a state patrol officer being interviewed on a local news show said you must. So you may encounter officers who don't know the rules.


I'm never going to enter a scale and hope for the best....
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Old 01-31-2024, 02:54 PM   #5
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Well I mean just because you classify your Bus as a RV, doesn't mean it looks like an RV, so cops are likely going to pull you over for avoidance if you don't stop, or it's a risk at least.
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Old 01-31-2024, 03:17 PM   #6
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I think school buses transporting students are always exempt.

Charter buses must stop depending on the state and station, as some states and stations will do spot inspections at the scales along with weight.

So long as you're non-commercial, which most on here are, I wouldn't stop.
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Old 01-31-2024, 04:33 PM   #7
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RV's do not need to stop at weigh scales in Minnesota


I'm never going to enter a scale and hope for the best....
Nor am I ! Thanks for commenting on this ! If others have anything to add Please do !
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If it is registered as a motorhome/RV then NO, not required to stop.

Not a commercial vehicle!

If used in commercial activity then yes/maybe, some weigh stations require you to stop. There will usually be a sign posted when busses are required to stop.

this is not true. every state is different and you need to look them up . also watch the signs as as a truck driver i seen signs that require rvs to be weighed. on i 90 by sturgis in sd there is a sign telling you rvs and motorhomes must enter. even tho you are not commercial they ill put temp signs up also in some states and weigh you. they are looking for rvs that haul stuff without a dot permit number
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read the signs and if they dont say rv then go on by but watch them.
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Old 01-31-2024, 07:07 PM   #10
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this is not true. every state is different and you need to look them up . also watch the signs as as a truck driver i seen signs that require rvs to be weighed. on i 90 by sturgis in sd there is a sign telling you rvs and motorhomes must enter. even tho you are not commercial they ill put temp signs up also in some states and weigh you. they are looking for rvs that haul stuff without a dot permit number
This is true, every state is different, if the temp signs are up, you got to go in.
But normally all vehicles weighing over 10,000 lbs must enter state point of entry inspection stations. They usually do not weigh you there.

No signs, keep going !
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Old 01-31-2024, 07:15 PM   #11
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Maryland famously requires all vehicles over 10,000 pounds GVWR to enter open weigh stations ... except maybe they don't. You can find forum comments online showing emails from MD officials saying RVs do have to stop, and some showing emails from MD officials saying you don't.
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Old 01-31-2024, 10:58 PM   #13
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This is why you should weigh your bus fully loaded and make sure you are not over the bridge law axle limits, or your tire ratings. Camping out at a weigh station may not be great fun.
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ive been across the country a few times in my bus..... i've never pulled into a weigh station. i havent been to maryland yet. so theres that.
like a previuso poster said, if it said "RV" on the sign then i might. but when it says "all trucks".... i keep on going.

im not a truck, im an rv.

the only dot stop i ever considered stopping at was at the top of monteagle pass, it says something like all trucks brake check.... but i blew that one too.

i got my autoslack adjusters

limiting my encounters with law enforcement has served me well.
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Old 01-31-2024, 11:58 PM   #15
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This is why you should weigh your bus fully loaded and make sure you are not over the bridge law axle limits, or your tire ratings. Camping out at a weigh station may not be great fun.
I actually do pre and post inspections. I doubt many do.
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Old 02-01-2024, 09:05 AM   #16
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The inspections are very important. I also do pre and post inspections and have a 100+ point inspection sheet that I check off as I go. I also do in trip inspections along the way. Very important if you tow a dingy with you. Also on the first of every month I go through the inspection sheet even if I am not going any where. I do the once a month inspection to make sure that in an emergency (well blowout, flood, fire ect) I could just move it a short distance out of harms way.
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Old 02-01-2024, 09:19 AM   #17
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I wondered about this for a while too while travelling.
I felt more comfortable passing them by when I was sure of my total weight. The max weight for this bus is 36,000lbs.
And I weigh in at around 32,000 with all tanks full.
I drove from BC Canada down to Oregon then across to Ny then out to Massachusetts and down to Flordia and now we’re down in Louisiana and have had no issues with weigh station cops. And I figure if they want to pull me over for passing a station I’ll just play dumb and see what happens .
Happy travels, know your weight!
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Old 02-07-2024, 07:08 PM   #18
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Should I go through a weigh station?

You are not required to unless you are doing commercial transportation or unless a cop pulls you over and specifically tells you to go into one.
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Old 02-07-2024, 09:41 PM   #19
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I was pulled over in PA because I didn’t stop at a weigh station. The sign said all commercial vehicles over 10,000 lbs. A state trooper pulled out of the weigh station immediately and stopped me. I told him my school bus is private use not commercial and showed him all of my paperwork. The state trooper told me that in PA it was irrelevant because every vehicle over 10,000 lbs is considered commercial as far as weight stations are concerned. He was very nice and treated us with respect. He did not write me a ticket because I was from out of state. He gave me a written warning and advised me to stop at every other weigh station I passed whenever in PA.
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ive been across the country a few times in my bus..... i've never pulled into a weigh station. i havent been to maryland yet. so theres that.
like a previuso poster said, if it said "RV" on the sign then i might. but when it says "all trucks".... i keep on going.

im not a truck, im an rv.

the only dot stop i ever considered stopping at was at the top of monteagle pass, it says something like all trucks brake check.... but i blew that one too.

i got my autoslack adjusters

limiting my encounters with law enforcement has served me well.

ive run monteagle a dozen times or so and never stopped.. also never once felt like in either of my 2 busses ive driven through that brakes would be an issue.. now may if I had a 545 id feel different but i was running lockup transmissions in both cases..
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