I have copies of the weight tickets for the truck before and after my belongings were loaded. I was not present for the weighing, however. I suspect that the truck was originally weighed with very little fuel, after the initial weighing, the fuel tanks were filled and then the truck was weighed with my belongings.
The interesting thing is axle weights on the before and after tickets:
Before After Difference
Steer Axle 7,100 9,200 2,100
Drive Axle 9,300 10,520 1,220
Trailer Axle 16,400 19,720 3,320
It seems to me that if the difference in gross weight was totally due to the weight of my belongings, then the difference in the weight would almost exclusively appear on the Drive Axle and the Trailer Axle. However, if the change in weight was due to filling up the fuel tanks, then difference would primarily be recorded on the steer axle.
Is my analysis correct???
Thank you for your question…
Thank you for your question Dave. In order to properly answer your question we would need to know additional information, such as the type of drive unit, the type of trailer and where the shipment in question was positioned on the trailer. Please don't hesitate to contact me at 800-462-5964 to discuss in detail. Please ask for Chris.
In addition, here are the Federal government's rules and regulations regarding the lawful procedures for determining the weight of a shipment of household goods and personal effects...
If your mover transports your household goods on a non-binding estimate, your mover must determine the actual weight of your shipment on a certified scale in order to calculate its lawful tariff charge. If your mover provided a binding estimate, the weight of the shipment will not affect the charges you will pay, so there is no requirement to weigh shipments moving under binding estimates.
Most movers have a minimum weight charge for transporting a shipment. If your shipment appears to weigh less than the mover’s minimum weight, your mover must state the minimum cost on the order for service. Should your mover fail to advise you of the minimum charges and your shipment is less than the minimum weight, your mover must base your final charges upon the actual weight, not upon the minimum weight.
Usually, your shipment will be weighed in the city or local area where the shipment originates. The driver has the truck weighed before coming to your residence and then has it weighed again after your shipment has been loaded. The difference in these two weights is the weight of your shipment.
The mover may also weigh your shipment at destination when the shipment is delivered. The driver will have the truck weighed with your shipment on board and then weighed a second time after your shipment has been unloaded. Each time a weighing is performed, the driver is required to obtain an official weight ticket signed by the weigh master of a certified scale and a copy of the weight tickets must accompany your copy of the bill of lading. Shipments of less than 3,000 pounds may be weighed on a certified warehouse scale.
You have the right, and your mover must inform you of your right, to observe all weighing of your shipment. Your mover must tell you where and when each weighing will occur. Your mover must give you a reasonable opportunity to be present to observe the weighing. You may waive your right to observe weighing; however, you must waive that right in writing.
If your shipment is weighed at origin and you believe that the weight may not be accurate, you have the right to request that the shipment be reweighed before it is unloaded. The mover is not permitted to charge you for the reweighing, but the final charges due will be based on the reweigh weight, even if it is more than the initial weight.
If you request notification of the actual weight and charges of your shipment, your mover must comply with your request if it is moving your household goods on a collect-on-delivery basis. This requirement is conditioned upon you supplying your mover with contact information.
You must receive the mover’s notification at least 24-hours before the scheduled delivery, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
Your mover may disregard this 24-hour notification requirement on shipments subject to one of the following three situations:
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