Gvw How High Should I Go?

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  1. Bartyfixedit

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    My Ducato maxi has tired springs all round and I shall be increasing the GVW via SV Tech. I am planning on putting air suspension on the back and new springs on the front, probably VB comfort springs. With these modifications I can achieve 4500 kg GVW.

    Where I am unsure is that I probably do not need 4500 kg. Is there an advantage to nominating a lower weight, still ample for what I need? I seem to remember somewhere that someone had a problem with recovery with a GVW in excess of, I believe 4250 kg?

    My current insurance and recovery package has no problem with the weight at 4500 kg, the recovery is governed by engine size with a maximum of 3 L.

    Any suggestions please?

    Thanks,

    David.
     
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    i would go as high as you can .
    you dont have to use it all.
    it is a maximum not a target.
    cant see any reasons what it should cause.
    they recover trucks buses etc .
    just make sure who ever you use ,can ,will, do it .
    certainly i was with a mate last year and his clutch went in spain . on a daf 45 truck camper .
    it was recovered to a garage ok.
    could have been taken back to uk but he decided get it fixed in spain and carry on travelling .
    seems your company will let you have it so go for it.
     
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    No incentive to go any lower, nothing changes.......... or higher other than increased payload.
     
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    I maxed mine out at 4,500 and upped the rear axle limit by fitting higher rated tyres as the rear axle limit was touch and go with bikes on the back wall and fully laden for European touring. My insurance and recovery is OK with that.

    My view is that once you are over 3,500 kilos then you might as well get as much capacity as is available from the vehicle chassis etc.
     
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    Out of interest @Bartyfixedit which recovery company only cares about engine size as you get some pretty big vans on IVECO 3 litre.

    Martin
     
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    Thanks all, I shall go all the way then.

    I have recovery as supplied with the insurance from the C&CC called "Club care breakdown assistance". I have checked the policy tonight and definitely limited to 3000cc.
    Who makes the rules Eh?;)
     
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    In the terms and conditions it seems to say no restrictions on length weight and width, but no mention of height. We have ADAC (just in case we go to Morocco as AA won't cover) and the only restriction is height at 3.2 metres, we also have AA through our SAGA insurance and no restrictions

    It also says vehicles manufactured without a spare wheel will be concidered on merit.
     
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    The only limit I have seen are at the 3500Kg and 7500KG mark. in between I haven't seen any demarkations.
     
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    As you are in the c&cc it may be worth looking at the ARRIVALS scheme....specificly for c&cc members only.

    No limit on size or weight and engine size is not an issue.

    39ft rv....they send an appropriate sized low loader artic
    17ft romahome.....they send a smaller flatbed truck.

    You, personally, are covered for ANY vehicle you are in excluding commercial vehicles (business/sign written etc) whether driving it or not and whether owned by you or not

    They will take you to a pre booked site and come for you after your stay if thats what you want, even coming onto the pitch to get you....not many clubs will even leave tarmac.
     
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