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  1. Phil65

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    I've actually done it, I've retired and bought my first motor home and am really looking forward to the future. BUT I have noticed that on the ALKO plate fixed to the bodywork behind the drivers door that my gross weight is 3500kg yet on my V5 document it says 3850kg. Why the difference????
     
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    It sounds as if the vehicle has been uprated. Could there be another plate somewhere, under the bonnet perhaps? This company do quite a lot of uprating so might be worth talking to therm. http://www.svtech.co.uk
    But big welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome & advice, I've had a look and found a Burstner plate but that says my gross weight is 3500. I'll try svtech and see what they have to offer, again many thanks
     
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    Could be that a previous owner uprated it, but didn't put the new plate on. The V5 is the definitive version I think.
     
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    Have you got a shed load of documents & have you looked through them all ?
    There may be an up-rating certificate in there somewhere.

    Also if it is over 3.5t check you have the entitlement to drive it.
     
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    If it has been uprated, there must be a new plate alongside the old one. It could be in a couple of places depending on the model.
    Is the vehicle taxed? It should be rated PHGV ( private heavy goods vehicle) if the V5 weight is right.
    Any changes in weight should come with a new plate and even if it has been down rated again, all the old weight plates should still be there. They are dated so you can follow what changes have been made.
    SvTech ( if that's who uprated it) should be able to provide a copy of the plate
    Allan
     
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    Thanks to all of you who took the time to help me, I cann't find a upgrade certificate amongst all the papers I've got or another plate but the V5 does state Private HGV for the taxation class. Still waiting for a reply from SvTech. Again thanks
     
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    Ok.. well just look at the tax disk and see how much it is a year .. If it is £165 then the correct vehicle weight as registered is 3.8t
    If it is about £220 ( ? ) then it is still on a 3.5t registration
     
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    Did you buy it from a dealer? They should sort out the plate for you. It may be that the previous owner removed the plate to sell / trade it as a 3500 kg as there is a bigger market for this weight class.
    Your entitlement to drive over 3.5 tonnes may change when you reach 70
    Allan
     
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    Our swift ok tiki v5 said 3500. But was plated at 3850
     
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    You have got to watch the bloody dealers!!

    Ours was sold and registered to us as 3850kg. Both plates (Ford and Trigano) read 3500kg!

    A new 3850kg plate from Trigano was promptly supplied by the dealer after threatening rejection of the new vehicle!

    The Welcome 35 was specced for 3850kg by Ford, but downplated to allow a 3500kg gross if required. The French market Challenger version was plated as standard as 3500kg due to the fact our licencing laws are a few years behing theirs in respect of C1 entitlement.

    Interestingly, a low level overflow pipe was fitted to the water tank to reduce its capacity and the waste tank full sensor was positioned halfway down the tank. Both these measures were intended to bring down the mass in running order in 3500kg spec.

    I blocked off the overflow and moved the waste sensor within days of buying the van!
     

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