Beware motorhome on weight limit

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  1. daveandsan

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    Bought our first used motorhome last summer and today i decided i would have it weighed. Full tank of fuel, full gas bottles no water waste, food or clothing, just the wife and i. Guess what, right on the 3500kg limit. The only add ons that i know to are spare wheel, sat system,bike rack, solar panel and cameras. How many of us are driving around blissfully unaware untill we get stopped at a road check. Dave :Smile:
     
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    Most of us lol.:RollEyes:
     
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    What would happen if you were caught over ? :whistle:
     
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    No insured for a start!
     
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    Hopefully considerably less than there were. :RollEyes: There have been a number of useful threads on here about the importance of knowing your payload and using weighbridges. :Smile:
     
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    Hmm, sure mine is OK when it's empty.

    I should really get it checked when full as will be about 300Kgs heavier.


    Do driver and passenger count in the weight ?
     
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    Yes
     
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    Yes. Total weight must not exceed the maximum allowed.
     
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    You have 4 options..


    1. Sell it
    2. See if you can uprate it? SVTech will let you know
    3. Tow a small trailer, which may give you half a ton or more of extra payload.
    4. Ignore it
    Those are in my preferred order, you only have 3 really, you should ignore 4:Smile:
     
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    Start walking lol.You have to arange someone to come and take your passengers and anything that will bring the weight to below the 3500kg.I never carry drinking water or grey water between sites to keep my weight to the minimum. Have a good look before you set off if you are not going to use it leave it at home. ps if you are not going far treat the wife to a bike lol.:Blush:
     
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    I tried that, but the wife got the hump :Rofl1:
     
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    Often wondered how many people travel with the fresh water tank full,I don't personally,but must be a considerable weight rough calculation 20 galls = around 200lb.
     
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    Thanks Jim, I am going to get it uprated. Dave :Smile:
     
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    You are right. I always fill the water tank and travel with it full (personal choice, yes I know it is wasteful, but it is my money that I am wasting) but we have a considerable payload and even loaded to the gills was 400kg under the max.

    I worry about a lot of vans that are around - 3.5 tonne van with a big garage and a very long rear overhang (probably a tow bar as well) stuffed full of electric bikes BBQ's and goodness knows what else. you can almost see the suspension sagging
     
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    I have Air suspension fitted (on when I bought it) guess this must help by taking weight of the springs.
     
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    BIG fine and points :BigGrin: also have to unload and leave stuff behind at weigh station before being allowed to continue :Smile:EVERYTHING that goes in or on the van counts to weight inc you wife and dog :BigGrin:
    terry
     
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    Really must go on that diet :Smile:
     
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    Will not make any difference to your van unless you have uprated its gross weight. Sorry. BUSBY::Sad::Sad:
     
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