Upgrading Rear Axle Weight Limit On Autotrail Savannah On Fiat Maxi Chassis

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  1. Abacist

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    Last year I used SVTech to uprate the weight of my MoHo up to the maximum possible chassis limit of 4,500Kgs. This was adequate in the time available before going abroad and by fitting air suspension instead of the bump stops got me up to the 4,500Kgs limit for the maxi chassis. At the time SVTech said that by fitting uprated tyres I could increase the rear axle weight limit from 2,500Kgs to 2,600Kgs but still be stuck with 4,500Kgs maximum laden weight by fitting 118 weight rated tyres. The front axle is always well within limit but the rear is a bit touch and go so to be safe and now that I need a pair of new tyres I am going to uprate the rear axle weight now which SVTech will do for free as its within a year of doing the first uprate. I am fitting, on the advice of my tyre supplier 2 Continental Vanco Truck tyres rated at 121 instead of the usual 116 for camper tyres. I just need to send a copy of the invoice to show the tyre fitting to SVTech and they will issue me with a new plate sticker. Peace of mind!

    For those interested the 116 weight rating is for 1,250Kgs per corner or 2,500 for the axle whereas 121 gets it up to 1,450Kgs per corner or 2,900Kgs for the axle. More peace of mind. The 118 weight rating takes them up to 1,320Kgs per corner or 2,640 per axle.

    In due course all 4 and the spare will be changed to these tyres which are £140 each fitted inc new steel valves and VAT.

    This might be of interest to some of you especially SVTech's policy of not charging for a further change within 12 months!
     
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    SV Tech told me that if I fitted air assist to upgrade my rear axle they would issue an new plate FOC, no mention of a 12 month limit.
     
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    Tyres now fitted at £141 each including VAT from Buyrite Tyres in Newton Abbot where Ray the owner has been my supplier since 1970!

    Papers on their way to SVTech so the new plate should be with me soon.
     
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    We are with your same situation last year, we need to fit air suspension to update the total weight.
    Can I ask, which/who fit your air suspensionS and how much it cost?

    Many thanks.
     
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    Trouble is a new owner down the line might not understand the importance of the tyre loadings and revert to the originals. I don't understand how up plating can be done on such an unstable agreement.
     
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    Rest assured that I will make sure that any purchaser from me is made fully aware! In addition to telling them and putting it on any bill of sale I will:-

    Show all the weight plates under the bonnet with the dates and history, whys and wherefores

    I will update the owners manual to show the tyres fitted, weight limits, pressures etc

    I will also update the sun visors where the vehicle dimensions are shown to show the tyre specifications, tyre pressures and weight limits as dependent on the heavy duty tyres.
     
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    I have sent you a PM. The Dunlop kit from Marcle Leisure this time last year cost £371.13p. I fitted the kit myself which I thought was straightforward.
     
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    Thanks Aacist.
    Just found a company supplying & fitting nationally. To Fiat Ducato £495.00
    http://www.rhinoinstalls.co.uk/airride.htm
    Will book with them tomorrow, unless any bad comments from the Good Funsters.
    Any comments regarding RAINO INSTALLS?
     
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    Never heard a bad word said about Phil
     
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    Contact Phil, from Rhiboinstalls, Friday, been told he can do it in about 6 weeks, I asked if can do urgent before we are traveling to France for two weeks, very helpful, booked for Monday (Bank holiday) is that not a great service?
     
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