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Old 04-17-2011, 10:30:06 PM
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Default DOT Laws in Nebraska

I was wondering if anyone knows if you are required to stop at weigh stations in Nebraska if you are pulling a 16foot utility trailor with a 3/4 ton pickup? hauling an antique tractor,

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Old 04-17-2011, 11:34:01 PM
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I believe you do, although MOST of the time the the sign will say if P.U. W/trailers are exempted. Also you want to have PROOF that YOU own the vehicle & CARGO,otherwise the will say you are hauling for hire & you must have D.O.T. #'s. Also if a diesel you probably will be nailed for fuel permit. Good Luck.
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

In other words, DON'T pull in. I really doubt they will bother you unless your tractor is hanging half off your trailer.

If you had a dually with a 20k lb gooseneck, that would be another story.
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Just a warning.
Make sure your tractor is correctly secured to the trailer according to DOT rules including that chains are correctly rated for load and that your axle weights are correct and that you are not exceeding the towing capacity of the truck and hitch.
Also make sure your tires are not dry rotted and that they are rated for the weight you are hauling.
Watch for signs before scales as some states want anything over so many gross pounds to enter scales.
If you do not stop and they come and pull you over play dumb and be as polite as you can be and they will more than likely just bitch you out and let you go.

As an over the road truck driver I see more and more states going after pickups and other small trucks as they find more wrong than they do with with the larger trucks and more of them over weight.
Not wanting to scare you just trying to save you some money and costly tickets.

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Dale it is getting to be the same way down here in Australia,last time I went North to avoid the winter they put me over their portable scales,everything OK but they had caught quite a few people with caravans way overweight and had booked them.We also have border checks for food, plants and animals,(some pig dogs etc are not welcome in other states).My Jack Russell bit the inspector but he did put his hand inside my ute,no case to answer,Norm
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

I remember a few years ago going past a scale in Nebraska, The sign said all trucks including pickups and trailers Must Stop. Fortunatly for me the scale was Closed.

The sign also said RV's Exempt, Could that be your solution
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

As of last spring, when we were coming back from IL, the signs on the NE scales required ALL towing vehicles, including pickups with trailers, to stop at the scales.... With signage like that, I don't think you'd do too well by shooting by...
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I neglected to say in my prior post,that I am a retired over the road truck driver BASED out of Nebraska. The Last I knew,ALL pickups W/trailers were REQUIRED to stop unless the sign said otherwise.They do sometimes exempt pickups/trailers,but the sign will say so,if that is the case.This May have changed in the last couple years,but I doubt it.Also,if you fail to stop when the sign says"OPEN" they WILL come after you & I can GUARANTEE ....They have NO sense of humour with people that run by their scales.Fines for just doing that ,can be up to $1,000 & usually is at least $500, the last I knew.
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

In California they'll fine you for pulling into the scales if your not commercial. DOT really needs to standardize the rules, or maybe they have and every state interprets the rules differently. My brother has a 1 ton truck, but to stay legal he can only haul a trailer with max capacity of 14K, I have a 3/4 ton truck so I can haul a trailer with 16K capacity. Try finding a 16K flatbed gooseneck trailer, unless you special order they only come in 12K and 20K. And a 16K trailer can only be obtained with single wheels, that are very pricey and hard to find, and you can't have duallys. I've hauled a lot of trailers, with single wheels if you get a flat your stopping right there to fix it, so what if its the edge of a busy freeway, with duallys I was always able to limp it off the highway to a safe spot.
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Correction, I can only haul a 14K trailer with my truck, brother is limited to 12K. Of course with DOT's numbers my little toyota truck could haul a 20K gooseneck legally
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I neglected to say in my prior post,that I am a retired over the road truck driver BASED out of Nebraska. The Last I knew,ALL pickups W/trailers were REQUIRED to stop unless the sign said otherwise.They do sometimes exempt pickups/trailers,but the sign will say so,if that is the case.This May have changed in the last couple years,but I doubt it.Also,if you fail to stop when the sign says"OPEN" they WILL come after you & I can GUARANTEE ....They have NO sense of humour with people that run by their scales.Fines for just doing that ,can be up to $1,000 & usually is at least $500, the last I knew.
You bet if the signs say stop you better but I was speeking for the scales that don't have signs for smaller trucks!
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In California they'll fine you for pulling into the scales if your not commercial. DOT really needs to standardize the rules, or maybe they have and every state interprets the rules differently. My brother has a 1 ton truck, but to stay legal he can only haul a trailer with max capacity of 14K, I have a 3/4 ton truck so I can haul a trailer with 16K capacity. Try finding a 16K flatbed gooseneck trailer, unless you special order they only come in 12K and 20K. And a 16K trailer can only be obtained with single wheels, that are very pricey and hard to find, and you can't have duallys. I've hauled a lot of trailers, with single wheels if you get a flat your stopping right there to fix it, so what if its the edge of a busy freeway, with duallys I was always able to limp it off the highway to a safe spot.
Now now we are after all talking about the state that hates trucks the most in all the continental 48.
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

The scale on I-80 between Lincoln & Omaha is a weigh in motion and will signal you to pull over or give you the OK. What route are you taking?
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Default Re: DOT Laws in Nebraska

I also drive commercialy most states in the central US, I believe that Doug and Dale are correct, The DOT are definately upping the requirements on anything that has wheels. We had to get USDOT numbers on the farm trucks that were always exempt in the past,they even have been trying to require that any and all farm equipment fall under the same requirements. They are just another out of control bureaucracy that don't answer to anyone. The best thing to do is to get a commercial carriers road atlas that lists the various rules and locations of the perment stations and phone numbers and plan your trips carefully. These are avilable at most truck stops. F.J.W.
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If you are only hauling a tractor with a pickup truck, I would suggest you avoid the scale altogether by taking secondary roads around it, if this is feasible. Having been a truck driver for 25 years myself, I could tell many stories about how silly the DOT gang can be at the scales, especially when they don't know or understand the regulations they are trying to enforce. Sometimes, DOT will sit on nearby secondary roads and give 18-wheelers a ticket for scale avoidance, but I doubt they would even give a pickup with a trailer a second look.

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Many years ago , I was driving over the road for a large corporation. I had a load that was legal in gvw, but over on the drive axel weights. As I was headed south towards Dallas , I knew of a certain scale at the arkansas border that could be a problem. I didn't fuel in Tenn. and hoped that I might squeak by with almost empty tanks

When i got near the border the northbound trucks told us the interstate chicken coop was open and the truck inspectors were also there waiting.
So being smarter than the average bear, I decided to go off the interstate and go cruising down a state road.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and all was well until:::
Here on this little 2 lane state road is a chicken house with the open sign!!!
OH well! I think to myself, I;m going to get a big fine and maybe spend the night in the local jail to appear before the magistrate.
I pulled Real easily onto the platform and held my breath:::
This was an old balance beam scale house where the guy had to slide the weights on the bar to get the correct weight.

I can see the smile on his face as he worked the weights.
After about 5 minutes he gives me the signal to pull around out back & come inside with my permit book and paperwork.
Here sat bubba the local constable , with his wife & kids eating a fried chicken sunday dinner in the scale house.
Being from north of the Mason Dixon line didn't bode well for me or my truck!
He put down his piece of fried chicken and got a big ole grin on his face and asked me what I was doing in his little town on "HIS" road. Hinting that the state didn't take kindly to trying to get around the scales out on the interstate.

Thinking to myself , here comes a night in jail he showed me the scale slip. I was 250 lbs under GVW and 35 pounds under the drive axel weight limits.

He still wanted to know what brought me down his road. Thankfully my wife was along on the trip and i quickly told him we were looking for a decent home cooked sunday dinner that you can't get at a truck stop.

His smile got bigger and then his wife went out back and got my wife. They had us join them for what was probably the best fried chicken and biscuits with sweet tea, I've ever eaten. Really nice folks and the pecan pie with homemade ice cream topped off a meal fit for a king.
Good thing I didn't have to go back across the scale again.

As far as bad places , Elizabethtown Kentucky has a real hard scale crew. All of Mississippi. Nebraska and Ohio are tough and looking to put revenue in their budgets.
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...Elizabethtown Kentucky has a real hard scale crew...
Can we still be friends anyway?
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Can we still be friends anyway?
I got bagged there one night because the Ryder rental tractor I was driving had an expired kentucky fuel permit.
Lets just say the the local jailers wife was a good cook, as long as you liked salt ham biscuits & white gravy. Took until noon for Ryder to fax them a copy of the proper fuel permit which wasn't expired.
2 meals exactly the same.
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Wyoming ports say "All Commericial Vehicles" I didn't pull in with a pickup with no signs on the doors just plain white. Got stopped because the patrolman saw my toolbox in the back, figured it was commercial and pulled me over and the registration confirmed it. Got a $100 ticket and escort to the closest port to get permit.
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This is going back to the early 80's when I used to deliver used trucks piggyback from Canada to the US. Had a customer in Colorado Springs that told me "Never cross a Nebraska scale, go around them."

Guess nothing has changed in the last 30 years, Georgia could be sticky back then also.
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