Overweights Beware

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  1. Nigel&Debbie

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    Heads up for the overweights!!!

    The gendarmerie are out in force on the N10 just north of Angoulleme. They are carrying out weight checks on both the north and south bound carriageways. We were stopped and were OK. The nice Gendarme did comment that he was surprised that our Autotrail was not over weight, as he stated they were normally a 'good bet'. I explained that we had been upgraded via SVTech and were OK. They were only interested in gross weights.

    So all those travelling down or back from hols with full tanks of water - BEWARE
     
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    I think most AT owners have a little more then that to worry about:D
     
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    We carry water in our bodywork
     
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    Did they check the plate or did they know the weight?

    I have got both my original plate and next to it the new one from SV Tech, never really thought about possible confusion, but we do also carry the revised V5 document
     
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    He checked the plates but then asked for the V5. They took the 'revenue weight' off the V5 as the correct one (4500kgs as up rated via SVTech), and showed this to the 'top man'. He came over and expressed his surprise at the revenue weight (he appeared to know his Motorhomes) and we then discussed the SVTech up rating process and technical changes made. The SVTech plate mirrors the V5 revenue weight.
     
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    Out of interest did they weigh you first and then let you know the weight before checking your plate and V5C?
     
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    do you still have both plates on yours?
     
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    Great heads up @Nigel&Debbie and of course Tarni ❤️ On a similar vein re weights, as you and Debbie know, we broke down yesterday in Portugal. We called recovery giving our weights and dimensions. They sent a completely inappropriate tow truck for our vehicle. We eventually got the correct truck, arrived at the garage and overnighted. Today, the technicians were directing us onto an inspection ramp that we noticed was limited to 4000kg. I stepped out and pointed to our plate that is 4600kg - we were directed to a different bay. Seems we are more aware of weights than they are!
     
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    I don't think you are allowed to remove the original plate. The new one goes next to it, if you downgrade again, the new plate goes on as well. You will then have 3 plates.
    Or so I am told........
     
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    NASTY SLUR.....
    I hope you know my van has been back to the factory for "rectification".. ( again). :doh:

    Anyway.. No issue on my Apache 700.. Carry a full freshwater tanks and still have spare capacity.. (y)
     
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    My previous van had 3 plates.. original Fiat. then Autotrail after the conversion then SV Tech after the upgrade...
     
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    So does the wife........In fact, if she got out of the truck and walked, I would be getting around 75 MPG. (y)
     
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    We were signalled by police motorcyclist to follow him off N10 and into the rest area, and straight onto the mobile weigh plates. After weighing both front and rear axles, only then did they check plates and V5
     
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    We have 3 plates 1 fiat original 2 Autotrail as 2nd convertor and3 SVTech plate. As originally stated. They used the revenue weight from the V5 and weren't really bothered about axle weights
     
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    Thanks for that, a good reminder to carry at least a copy of your V5 (y)
     
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    You are meant to carry the original. ! ;)
     
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    we actually do, but it not something that I see regularly mentioned in with the list of things we think we need to carry to Europe, I suspect quite a few don't even carry theirs (y)
     
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    Surprised they don't come with an emergency tap fitted on wall! Surely enough moisture in most brit vans for a cuppa:)


    Have SVT shares in AT?
     
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    SVTech have a share in a lot of MHs I think! :D

    As I proved though there are cheaper ways to do it ... (y)
     
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    YES... And it's all been noted.. :) :thanks4:
     
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