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Fifth wheel towing laws (weigh stations)

Can someone with real experience fill me in on the laws for fifth wheel trailers? We have a weigh station at cooper's rocks and after fairmont.

Do I need to stop at weigh stations in a non-commercial truck with a fifth wheel?
If so, how hard are they enforcing trailer inspection stickers? We have lifetime plates but no yearly inspection.
And my old man's truck has the fifth wheel and B plate, will it matter that its not in my name?

Just curious because I hear the fines are BIG, and Ive seen the DOT pull over a lot of people with trailers near Cooper's Rocks


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Can someone with real experience fill me in on the laws for fifth wheel trailers? We have a weigh station at cooper's rocks and after fairmont.

Do I need to stop at weigh stations in a non-commercial truck with a fifth wheel?
If so, how hard are they enforcing trailer inspection stickers? We have lifetime plates but no yearly inspection.
And my old man's truck has the fifth wheel and B plate, will it matter that its not in my name?

Just curious because I hear the fines are BIG, and Ive seen the DOT pull over a lot of people with trailers near Cooper's Rocks
I see the PSC pulling over contractors towing box trailers with no class "B" plates. Fining them for commercial use and no commercial use tags.
I would say better have all your stickers up to date.

With that being said I have never heard of any WV fuel sticking for off road fuel stories. But I would surmise if you were rolling coal and they saw you at the weigh station then oh boy....

Also the PSC patrols Rt 33 Weston to Elkins and Rt 50 Clarksburg to Parkerburg HEAVY...Just a heads up..
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I'm looking at a 24v with a dead vp44 is why I asked. I can skip the stations by going route 50... just want to haul an empty trailer to Parkersburg then haul a truck back
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Just stay the speed limit on Rt 50 and you should be fine then.
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Weigh stations are almost always for commercial use only. If you are in doubt, stop at the weigh station, they will wave you through if you do not need to stop. If you rented a truck to move personal items, you are not commercial.

Common exceptions are

Florida agricultural inspections

U.S. borders.

If you are flagged over, follow directions. (or run like h***)
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