Overweight !

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  1. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    another snippet from this months C+CC mag.

    "A recent campaign of roadside checks by VOSA has shown that 80% of motorhomes stopped where over their legal weight limit."

    were you one of them ?
     
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    overweight

    Dont get caught out,do as I do,take it to local weighbridge to check.You pays your money you take your chance,why spoil your hols by taking " just a small thing it does'nt weigh much"
     
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    Agree with that - don't go to the weighbridge every time but if we make any changes we always do front axle - rear axle - then train weight from which we can work out all weights required to be totally legal . we then always carry the weigh tickets in the cab as when I have been stopped in the past the first thing after the initial lights and tyres has been do you know your weights show them the tickets and very often that is it you are sent on your way.

    Has any one knowledge of how they were overweight - was it gross weight or axle weight overloading ?
     
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    Problem is - finding a flipping weighbridge!!!:cry:
     
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    doesnt actually say in the mag.....that was a direct quote except they used the full VOSA name.

    it also says that, on the A5, of all caravans that were stopped and checked, none were considered 100% safe. :Eeek:
    one even having the front of the body completely detached from the chassis. the owner wasnt aware.:Doh:
     
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    try HERE :thumb:

    sorry...scrap that link.

    has to be the most uninformative website ever...

    NO public weighbridges listed for the whole of ENGLAND
     
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    Having lived near the M5 for the past 30 years or so I am never surprised having seen the number of recoveries of caravans where tyres are 10 years old wheel bearings seized up even broken chassis and a pal of mine who does the recoveries always asks when was it last serviced - 9 times out of 10 it never was - one bloke who had a tyre blow out & no spare admitted having the caravan for 7 years and never even checked the tyre pressures just hooked on every year and hammered for the coast.:Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    Hey pappajohn, rest my case!!!!:cry:
     
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    Usually the local council will have a public weighbridge at the waste disposal site - if not there then call the local council offices they will be able to tell you where the nearest public weighbridge is - trouble is if you don't find one you can guarantee VOSA will just when you dont want them too.
     
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    :Rofl1:

    found my nearest.....Whitby !!!!

    i know for a fact theres a 'private' public bridge (if that makes sense)in burniston....5 miles north of scarborough
     
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    Had ours weighed at the dumpit near Morrisons in Scarborough a few years back. The weigh bridge is by the hut if you go straight forward instead of right to the recycling area.
     
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    i know it well having spent some time working om the new, super inefficient, recycling plant.

    didnt realise it was a 'public' bridge though as the only one listed as the local council bridge is whitby.

    the status may nave changed since you last used it.
     
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    GRANTHAM, please anybody know a weighbridge? I've tried the council list & rung around. No joy!!! Help.:Sad::Sad::Angry::Sad:
     
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    Dont know if it is public weigbridge but try

    Marston Agricultural Services
    Toll Bar Road
    Marston
    Grantham
    Lincolnshire
    NG32 2HT

    Contact Details:
    Tel: 01400 250226
    Fax: 01400 250540
    sales@marstontrailers.co.uk

    They have a weighbridge for weighing trailers and my allow other use - worth a try
     
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    i cant find anything either.

    are there any haulage firms nearby....they'll know.
     
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    lots of large scrapyards seem to have weighbridges

    when I did a check this summer , went to a steel stockholder , told the guy I wanted both axles and total weight [ there can be a small discrepancy

    do you want a ticket he said ? not for me , just checking said I

    3 weights scribbled on a piece of paper .....on the house

    the answer ...just inside except the front with a lot to spare
     
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    lots of large scrapyards seem to have weighbridges

    when I did a check this summer , went to a steel stockholder , told the guy I wanted both axles and total weight [ there can be a small discrepancy

    do you want a ticket he said ? not for me , just checking said I

    3 weights scribbled on a piece of paper .....on the house

    the answer ...just inside except the front with a lot to spare]
     
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    The last twice I've used a feedstock merchant in our local town. £5 a time. Obviously their own lorries take precedence, but jump on when there's a lull.
    Print out of results.

    Bargain:thumb:


    John
     
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    there seems to be some confusion here as to what is a public weighbridge
    to be one you must have an operators licence with a trained operator , otherwise you can't issue an official weight certificate ; these can be publicly or privately owned

    however all I want to know is what I weigh , near enough is good enough for my purposes , you are not trying to certify the weight of your delivery or your laden truck !

    so there are plenty of other weighbridges about which aren't 'public' but can weigh the vehicle for you if you cross their palm with silver , no official certificate of course ; I mentioned scrap yards before ....a truck pulls in full of scrap , is weighed , tips , weighed out , yard pays on the difference ; no legal undertaking offered or accepted

    where I live in france there is a sand and gravel yard , they weigh the trucks out to ensure they aren't overloaded [ huge disparity between grades and wet or dry ] ....they are not a public weighbridge but if you should happen to pop in at a quiet moment......
     
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    Vehicles over 3.5ton automatically get a weight cert with the MOT don't they. I know mine does.:thumb::thumb:
     

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