How things add up

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  1. Steve

    Steve Funster Life Member

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    Got a bit bored today so rearranged the van and just thought I would make an approx. weight check, here's how it went.
    Generator plus fuel 60.00, Drinking water (bottles) 12.00, Beer 30.00, Wine 5.00, Tools including jump leads, tow rope, 30.00 Awning 40.00, Electric bike 15.00, Leisure batteries 2x150ah 70.00, Solar panels 2x120w 20.00, Water in tank 80l 80.00, Fuel in tank 90l 90.00, Micro wave 20.00 LPG and bottles 50.00, Tins of food 10.00, Mattress topers and bedding 10.00, Plates,toaster,kettle,knives etc 10.00, 10l of diesel in a can 10.00, 5l of petrol in a can 5.00, Clothes, shoes etc 10.00, Driver 100.00, Total 677.00
    Weigh bridge weight of van 3125 + load =3802
    good job I had the gvm increased to 4000 from 3500

    All figs are estimate's apart from 3125, just shows how things add up.
    Steve
     
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  2. Jim

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    Don't forget all that other stuff, people negect to add things like bike racks, roof racks, top boxes, towbars, solar panels, sat dishes,awnings. I remember someone having all of those fitted onto a new motorhome. He weighed the van on the way home and found out that his entire legal payload was gone. That was before he added his family, their belongings and any water!
     
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    Fuel is less dense than water, so you'll save a little bit there, but I don't think you'll be regretting the upgrade!
     
  4. Minxy Girl

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    In October 2012, about a month after we'd got our current PVC, we took it to the local free weighbridge to check how close to the 3500kg limit we were, especially since we'd put an awning on it. We had most of our kit on board, including our canoes, bikes, small awning, 3 dogs (including Romy the heffalump!), but nothing in the fridge, no beer/wine, maps, laptop, cameras, books, or dvds, and we still needed to put a few more clothes in to be in 'full' touring mode (although we did have some stuff on board that we'd bought at a car boot sale). Hubby said that we didn't have any water on board and only had around 10 litres of fuel in the tank.

    Our weight plate gives the following allowances:

    Front axle max: 1850kg
    Rear axle max: 2000kg
    MTPLM/MAM: 3500kg
    Train weight: 6000kg
    Official payload figure: 514kg (after driver, fuel etc allowed for)

    We went over the weighbridge the first time and recorded weights of front 1720kg + rear 1730kg = 3450kg leaving only 50kg which putting the water in would easily swallow up, never mind fuel!!! :Eek!:

    We then repeated the weighing twice more but going over it a bit slower, and got the following figures both times: front 1710kg + rear 1710kg = 3420kg total, leaving 80kg spare - not great but probably workable .... I was concerned though as with an initial 'official' payload of 514kg (after driver etc has been deducted as usual) I found it hard to believe that we had increase the weight of the van by so much in the form of the kit we'd had fixed to it (solar panel, bike rack, awning and extra battery) and the bits and pieces we'd put in - it meant that in effect including us, we'd put on/in 434kg!!!! Yikes! :Eeek:

    Some head scratching and thinking about all the stuff in the van on the way home and after we removed a few bits that we'd bought at the car boot sale, which took about 12kg off the amount (we weighed them) we were down to a total of 3408kg, leaving 92kg 'available' payload left. Hubby then decided to double check the water tank and found that it was FULL!!! :Doh: He'd forgotten to empty it out when we'd use the van the last time - and he hadn't emptied the toilet cassette either which was about 3/4 full! :Blush: The cassette contents alone probably weigh around 12kg so the available payload was now up to 104kg. What a relief! :BigGrin:

    Since then we've removed some of the bits and bobs we used to take away as we found we didn't need it so I recon realistically we still have at least 60kg to spare. :thumb:
     
  5. Geordies

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    Talking of weight, we're thinking of getting an awning fitted on the new MH. Would anyone have a rough idea of the weight of an awning of about 4m long ?

    Ta.
     
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    I'd have thought approximately 30-35kg or 'bloody heavy' :BigGrin:
     
  7. nomadic

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    The privacy room we had on our Hymer was around 40 Kgs plus 2 kg for the carpet.
    From memory the actual awning was another 25Kgs
    The actual weights should be available from suppliers.
     
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