Stopped and weighed at the roadside.

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Jim, May 2, 2012.

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Have YOU while driving your motorhome ever been pulled in and weighed?

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  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

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    I do around 15k to 20k miles a year in a motorhome and I've never been stopped and weighed by Vosa or other official.

    Have you been Stopped and Weighed? That is YOU, not a mate or someone you passed, or heard about. Have you been stopped and weighed. If the answer is yes please describe the experience. Thanks:thumb:
     
  2. Mavis

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    No never !!! Have seen Lorries stopped to be weighed though!
     
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    I have not been stopped and I know I am just over 3.5 tons. In Europe lots of roads are restricted for my weight but I ignore all of them. Nobody seems to care. Best tip is to have a wee if you think you are going to be weighed... that should do it.
     
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    my son worked on a public weighbridge for two years and the police would bring in lorry's ,vans ,and pickups with or without trailers, never once did they bring in a motorhome/caravan.:Cool:
    but i know someone that got gassed in thier motorhome while being weighed,i say know them?it was a friend of my father in laws, cousin,who told us:Laughing:
     
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    Remove all reference to weighing.

    Hi suggest you remove all reference to weighing it might just remind someone in authority and MH owners ay lose out.
    B.
     
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    Yes,at Stafford on the M6 northbound once with the Tiffin. Was OK as I was returning from Spain and almost home so both fuel tanks were almost empty and water tank low.Freezer and tinned provisions were also down. That RV had a huge payload as it was all aluminium construction but had I been in the previous Rockwood I would have been over. I pass this weighbridge hundreds of times each year and have personally seen many campers pulled in there in the last 18 months. Prior to that I never saw any. It does seem to be a new thing with VOSA. Having had a discussion with a friend that works for VOSA he said that its since they have become aware of the things people put in motorhome garages ie scooters and cases of beer etc which are well into the rear overhang.
     
  7. Terry

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    YES about 30 odd yrs ago in firms van :Smile: I drove into services near Northampton followed by cops,filled with juice and Mate asked to drive (we had worked all through previous day and night) so I let him :BigGrin:The cop followed us onto slip rd before pulling us asking where we had come from and where we were going -- sharp as a pin I said we had just come from firms central depot and were looking for a weight bridge :thumb:The copper told us that we had passed not one but two WBs so did not wear it :BigGrin:We were took to WB and drove off leaving 32 x 8ft by 4 ft half inch sheets of chipboard for the nice WB man :Smile:I got a rollicking mate got fine and 3 pts firm got a £200 fine and everyone got a letter about overloading :Rofl1:
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    We pulled into a service area down the M5 and parked next to an area cordoned off by VOSA. They were testing caravans at the time.

    Don't give the impression that FUN condones overweight MHs just because they probably won't get caught.
     
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    hi ,yes stopped at fraddon on the a30.in cornwall. took to the local blkock works just ound the corner all ok , it was in a lowered vw camper a few years ago and i,m sure they thought it was over loaded not common at the time for lowered campers.
    also again up near taunton . with the artic , think they really just wanted to see the axle weights . ahain as mini artics arent common i think it was just an exercise for them.
    they were suprised it was lighter than they thought . the aluminium chassis makes all the difference.
     
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    hi ,yes stopped at fraddon on the a30.in cornwall. took to the local blkock works just ound the corner all ok , it was in a lowered vw camper a few years ago and i,m sure they thought it was over loaded not common at the time for lowered campers.
    also again up near taunton . with the artic , think they really just wanted to see the axle weights . again as mini artics arent common i think it was just an exercise for them.
    they were suprised it was lighter than they thought . the aluminium chassis makes all the difference.
     
  11. Jim

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    Whatever gave you that impression. :Smile: The poll is to try and gain an idea of the chances of being weighed, not caught over-weight, just weighed. I don't doubt it happens I've just never seen it. I just typed this with one hand, the other was touching-wood:BigGrin:
     
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    Well my van is heavy, when I read this I was TOUCHING CLOTH......:Laughing:
     
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    And I suppose you drive over the speed limit, and under the affluence of incahol too. You'll get us all into trouble.....




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    not sure how to answer this one.

    Me personally no, but I did actually witness it when a van about 5 in front of me was pulled in to be weighed on the A55 in to Wales a few years back. So it wasn't a mates mates uncles sister's boyfriend aka gassing, but a genuinely witnessed event.

    But
    They could of just pulled in for a coffee and a chat I suppose :Blush:
     
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    I'd like to be stopped to be honest.

    I don't believe I'm anywhere near 3.5t as I don't tend to carry too much, and I'm too tight to pay for a PW, so if I get stopped then it'll be a free check!:Laughing:
     
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    Yes, a few years back in a very long swift coachbuilt with saggy rear springs near Ringwood Hampshire. I was followed up the dual carriageway by a traffic car, who pulled me over and asked all the usual questions. Then escorted to the WB on the A338 where they checked the plate and axle limits. I was advjsed to reload more weight to the front and get the suspension inspected. The van had only recently passed its MOT

    I also have family in the horsey world and they report large increases in interest from VOSA too. We are all easy targets
     
  17. bobandjanie

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    No touch wood, but many times in the truck and nicked twice. :Doh::cry::cry: But in all the years was not that bad, and only once for speeding, and when you do 600k a day the odds are against you. :Rofl1: You don't want to be paying to many fines for over weight it can be expensive. :RollEyes: :Nowink: Bob.
     
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    Did they get their A frame weighed as well?:Eeek:
     
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    :Eeek: 600,000 a day...... probably do you for speeding as well :Rofl1:

    (I know, you mean kilometres)
     
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    No but i spent about one and a half hours on York ring road on a bank holiday with a caravan the hold up was a police check at the Highwayman cafe I think its called as i drove up they waved me through as I had a newish 4x4 and caravan at the time:Doh: they were checking everything on the vans cars at the time
     
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