Overweight and full water tanks

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  1. Boringfrog

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    Currently in a discussion about been overweight, now I thought if you dumped all your fresh water and your weight became legal that was OK. Someone is saying you cannot dump water but has to be something "physical"?
     
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    If by dumping water you are within your gvw no problem. Best start out with less water to be under weight.
     
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    weight is weight . you lose it you weigh less .
     
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    Water is physical.....




















    AND WET ;)
     
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    That "someone' is talking rubbish.
     
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    This may come from something that i read once about an alleged incident where a motorhomer was stopped.
    France / spain not sure.. Was Overloaded and was about to pull the plug and dump all their fresh water.. !!
    "Oh no says the cops, not going to just dump water all over my EU paid for tarmac and get my shiny boots wet !"...
    Here is your fine and now you need to take items out from your van and leave them by that bin....


    note.. The police statement may / may not be a real comment ;)
     
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    Dumping water is fine if there is somewhere to do it properly.

    You won't be allowed just to drain it on to the road.
     
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    I have seen an article that says No Fluid is to be discharged onto a public highway whatsoever.
    This is a fineable offence.
    The weight of a motorhome (MIRO) is calculated with a full tank of petrol (or Diesel), no fresh or grey water but includes a 13Kg gas bottle, a 75Kg driver (no passenger) and batteries etc.
    If you want to lose weight and carry water then keep your petrol tank half full and carry only the other half in fresh water, 1 L of water weighs 1 Kg, 1 L of diesel weighs 0.832 Kg so work out the maths and adjust what you carry.
    Another tip is to ditch the spare wheel and carry a good high pressure air pump and a can of leak stopper, spare wheels weigh the earth as do 80Kg T-Bars!. get a reversing camera instead. :love:
     
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    My spare is only 28kg sooner have that than a repair kit they aren't any good if you have a blow out and I think you'll find that Motorhome manufacturers don't always do the same as far a what is included in your allowances such as driver ,fuel and water.
     
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    legally if you are found to be overweight on a UK road you have committed an offence. Whether you are offered a summons to court, a graduated fixed penalty or a warning will depend on the actual circumstances (DVSA will allow 5% or a tonne whichever is the lower) and the enforcement officer concerned.

    Generally the vehicle will be prohibited from further movement until the weight is reduced to at least the maximum permitted weight for that vehicle (or axle). Once the weight has been reduced to an appropriate level the prohibition will be removed BUT the penalty still applies. Don't think that by simply dumping water (or anything else) that you have suddenly not committed the offence!

    provided the enforcement officer is happy that you do so, you can take anything off the vehicle.
     
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    Has anyone been stopped and weighed?
    And if so, where and when and what was the verdict?
     
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    Ah, that explains a lot. When touring around the Continent I've often seen young women standing around in lay bys and trying to catch the eye of passing motorists - now I know - obviously MH passengers abandoned in order to get that weight down and looking for a lift to the next aire. A bit drastic though, but better than off loading that motorbike from the back. :)
     
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    Would seem to support the argument (sorry opinion) not to carry very heavy WATER!

    Sorry, I don't get it :rolleyes:.
     
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    What, like filling it with the diet water? Water zero or water no sugar? :D
     
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    Interestingly I have been reading our new Hymer manual and it states that you should not travel with more than 25% in your fresh water tank. We never do anyway as I can't see the point in dragging extra weight around when there is usually free water where you're heading. :doh:
     
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    mind if going to out of the way places full tanks can be a must. or you are driving off to get some .
    depends how you spend your time away. and how long you are away for .
    could say never fill your fuel tank etc . where do you stop.
    admit i dont fill both my fuel tanks till i,m coming home .or visit gibralter . or leave morocco.
    but full of fuel water and drinks to come home can have well over a ton used up. good job i have good payload .
     
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