Uprate weight, can now take clothes and food.

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  1. Bazzermc

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    Thought I would share my experience of uprating our MH:

    Decided to take "Penny" to be weighed to ensure legal with all base stuff we wanted to carry (folding bikes, spare wheel, folding chairs, etc.), so had reference.
    Bought digital hand scales and weighed everything we put in or took out.
    Setup a spreadsheet so we could easily juggle things around.
    With clothes, food and drink for short trip we were overweight, so had to dump the spare wheel......not happy about this, but safer to be legal.
    Decided to give SvTech a call.......we have the additional air suspension fitted at rear, so could add 100 Kg to back axle with existing tyres, or 200Kg with higher loading tyres. Recently fitted new tyres and SvTech confirmed they would send uprated plate if we changed tyres in the future, so decided the 100 Kg would suffice.

    We looked carefully at saving weight to stay in current limits, but decided we wanted to enjoy our travels and not be worrying about a few Kg's here and there.
    (We have a garage behind the rear axle so rear axle weight was our limiting factor).

    Paid our £312 to SvTech, next day new plate arrives and certificate to send to DVLA.
    Spare wheel back in and we can now take the required clothes, food and booze to start our travels with peace of mind.

    Hope this may help others and not bore you all to death.
     
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    I don't know what your gross weight was before your upgrade and if it was built to be 3,500 kilograms which is the only reason for manufacturers to plate at that weight providing that there is a reasonable load margin due to the licence restrictions.

    In lots of cases however they seem to choose an arbitrary weight that is not one thing or another but makes it possible to do either:-

    1) a paper exercise because the van and chassis are under the design weight
    2) add air suspension and/or higher weight rated tyres to raise the gross weight to the maximum

    All their pathetic action does is to cause many to run overweight and the rest to pay a lot in fees to the likes of SVTech plus the cost of air suspension, fitting and higher rated tyres.

    As we have said many times the manufacturers don't seem to any consideration for their customers!
     
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  3. Bailey58

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    There have been many threads on this subject and far from bore us all to death a bit more detail on specific weights may have been useful, without reference to your age I assume you've taken into account the licence requirements at 70?
     
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    It's amazing how heavy a couple of bags of shopping are too, it soon build up till you have little or no payload. We went with svtech to increase our payload by 200kg, luckily we didn't need any mods, but saved a few bob on the new PHGV tax rate.
     
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  5. jenny and mitch

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    Be a naturist a don't take many clothes !!!
    Mitch. (y)
     
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  6. abforfun

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    Leave the booze at home
     
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    Bloody Heretic!
     
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  8. Minxy Girl

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    Its a shame you didn't uses the chap I recommended for this as he charges a third of what SVTech do, at least you're legal now. (y)
     
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    I don't know which suggestion I am most shocked about.......the 2nd one I think, yes, definitely, go and wash your keyboard with soap and stop being so stupid!
     
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    As we have said many times the manufacturers don't seem to any consideration for their customers![/QUOTE]
    all they want is you're money
     
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    Can you give me his details Minxy Girl as I want to uprate my van when I get back to the UK thanks :)
     
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    Thanks Minxy Girl its appreciated (n)
     
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    Not at all! In fact, a great idea!! (y)

    And so, forty hours after starting.........
    Spanner.....3oz
    Orange........2oz
    sink plug.......1oz
    "Feeling tired love?? Not long now......."
    Copy of Womans Own........6oz
    Bra............16 stone..........:Eeek:
     
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    Bra..16 stone.....! Is that empty or filled? :D
     
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    ... Tootsy's man boobs .... :LOL:
     
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    ...please...I just eating a sandwich.....that's put me right off...
     
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    Believe it or not there was some guy on a caravan forum that had a list as long as your arm of the weights of everything that he might need to take in his caravan..........and I thought I was a bit OCD:)
     
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    Er, are you perchance referring to my Six Pack?? o_O
     
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    I am proposing to lift the Limit on mine, AS SOON as the D******d`s at DVLA find the time to reply to my enquiry about eyesight following the successful removal of Cataracts and the insertion of Implants!!!. I am now virtually 20/20 without glasses after 50+ years of using them!. I enquired about flying fast jets, but apparently I am over the age?. Or so the nice man at the recruiting centre said?.

    Pete
     
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