Have you ever been weighed

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by RogerD, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. RogerD

    RogerD Deleted User

    I am not sure whether we are over weight when we are fully loaded and I must get to my local weigh bridge. Is there any leeway at all? Must be be exactly under, I mean would you get prosecuted for being 40lbs over?

    What are the chances of being weighed, do they look out for motorhomers to be pulled in and weighed. Have any of you been pulled in by police and weighed?
     
  2. justme AKA Grath

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    The chances are that if you were only just over you could empty the water tank and just get a warning, :Wink:but a jobs worth could prosecute!:Blush:
     
  3. justme AKA Grath

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    And yes I have been put on a weigh bridge many times, including France and Spain.
    But that was with a truck!:Rofl1:
     
  4. ukrv

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    You could visit your local landfill if there's no weighbridge around.

    Turn up in the morning (before all the refuse wagons arrive from 11am) and claim you took a wrong turning into the site.

    Apologise to the member of staff and - in conversation - ask whether their computer has picked up the weight of your motorhome.

    As long as only us on motorhomefun know about this, it shouldnt turn into a motorhome Rally :Wink:

    Paul

    PS Im taking the RV down when we move in November.
     
  5. keith

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    For what it's worth I live close to a weigh station on the A74 near to Carlisle & I have never seen motorhomes in there. It seems to be open very little & will be closed for a considerable time while the upgrade to the M6 M74 link takes place. :thumb:

    There is another on the M74 at Elvanfoot up in the hills, & I have never seen that one open. Maybe it's too cold for the VOSA jobs worths
    :Rofl1:

    I recall this being asked on other forums & nobody came up with conclusive proof they stop motorhomes.....I suppose that's it now I'll be the first:Sad:

    Keith
     
  6. justme AKA Grath

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    I thought that last year or the year before that they weighed a lot of vans on the approach to the York show.:Tongue1:
    Maybe someone could confirm if this is correct:thumb:
     
  7. Baldrick

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    I worked for VOSA for 13 years and I can tell you that ANY vehicle is fair game (especially 7500kg horse boxes!). We even set up special checks in the summer for caravans and motorhomes.
     
  8. Adria 5

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    hi It cost around a £5 to check the weight at a public weigh bridge!! well thats what it cost mt 6 wheel tanker recently because our firm wanted to know the differance between summer red diesel and winter i think a motorhome would cost around the same!

    ray
     
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    I put my m/h on to check the tare weight (empty) and I reweighed it with everything in ready for the main holiday.
    It was just inside its max weight with full water & fuel tanks:thumb:
     
  10. Jim

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    That is a result, being under when you are carrying everything is the way to go I am sure you are in the minority.

    I was reading a little wjile ago about a guy with a Rapido (I think) who was on his way to have a satellite dish fitted but passed a weighbridge on the way and went in. It was a brand new van. He had some factory fitted extras, I cant remember exactly what they were, but nothing out of the ordinary, tow bar and 4m awning etc. At the weighbridge he was shocked to find he was a few ponds OVER even though his van had nothing in it, no water not a stitch of clothing, it was overweight when empty. :Eek!:
     
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    Hi Jim, that was certainly bad news for the Rapido driver.
    I am a belt and braces sort of person and I carry everything for every eventuality.
    I was suprised that it was under, but I do have to be carefull not to keep adding things.:RollEyes:
     
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    hi i did notice that the salesman gloss ed over the facts off the weight off my 1st van when i asked him !!? before i added the fiamma awning a 3 bike rack :RollEyes: etc

    they just want to sell the units

    ray
     
  13. Don Madge

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    They did pull a lot of motorhomes last year on the approaches to the York show.

    I don't know how many they caught over weight.

    We are very lucky to live near the free "Dynamic Axle Weigher" on the Humber Bridge. We pass the bridge quite often and we can weigh the van before each long trip.

    I have been weighed by the men from the ministry with no problems at all. In fact some of them are more interested in the van than weighing the vehicle.

    I was once told "I was the first person who had voluntarily come onto the scale to be weighed All the truckers thought I was a "Sandwich short of a Picnic"

    There is a plus or minus allowance when weighing, I think I remember 50kg being mentioned, I wonder if it's across the board or the there is an allowance at different weights.

    Regards

    Don
     
  14. justme AKA Grath

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    Also the weigh bridges are only accurate to 20kg
     
  15. Baldrick

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    The weighbridge tolerances are:

    5% on a dynamic axle weigher
    0% on a plate bridge
     
  16. justme AKA Grath

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    When I go to weigh artic trailers on public weighbridges which is part of my job, the readings go up in 20kgs jumps.
    Meaning that e for example if a trailer weigh's say 6175 kg, it will probably register 6180kg and likewise 6165kg would probably register 6160kg.
    VOSA and the likes also use public weighbridges.::Wink:
     
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    We had our van weighed earlier this year with a typical load and found that we were well under our maximum weight - possibly something to do with the fact that there are only two of us using a 4 berth van?

    Anyone living near Teesside may be interested to know that we used the weighbridge at Woodhouse's on Depot Road in Middlesbrough (phone number is in the directory). It would have been about £12 if we had wanted an official certificate but was only about £5 or £6 for the weights (full plus both axles) on a piece of blank paper.

    Graham
     
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    Yes Graham, good point.
    It is always wise to get axle weights.
    And you don't need an official cert as it is only relevant at that time so well done mate!
     
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    :Cool: Sandy and I get weighed at least once a week while we are in SPAIN. But we have never had our Motorhomes/RV's weighed. :RollEyes:
     
  20. justme AKA Grath

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    ha ha ha:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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