Uprating Weight

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  1. jezport

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    Ive weighed my van on the weighbridge a couple of times and found that I am close to my maximum weight. All my axle weights were legal and the gross weight was OK but axle weights could vary depending on the load distribution so rather than risking being illegal and having all the worry when loading Ive bitten the bullet and gone for an upgrade

    I spoke to Gareth at S V Tech and decided to have the plated weight of my van upgraded from 4500kg to 5000kg. The process is quite simple to start. I filled my vehicle details in on their form, it then takes around a week for them to sort the paperwork and then they will be sending me the new plate and the paperwork with full instructions on sending off my V5 for updating.

    My van didn't require any modifications and SVTech are very knowledgeable about motorhome axles, suspension and tyres etc so I felt that I was in safe hands. If I wanted a further weight increase I would need to upgrade my suspension. SVTech give a 12 month period during this time any further weight upgrades are free. So if for instance your current tyres or suspension only allow you to go up to 1800kg on the axle but you didn't want to invest in new tyres or suspension until later in the year then you will have no more to pay for the replating.

    I will keep you updated with the process as it happens.
     
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  2. PaulyP

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    Did mine last month, all very easy, got the new V5 back from DVLA within 10 days and a small refund on my road tax as it went from 3500 to 3850 so tax goes from £225 to £165.
    Due to renew tax end of this month.
     
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  3. fastpat

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    Don't expect the DVLA process to be simple, I did mine last year with SVTech and it still took the DVLA three attempts and twelve weeks to get it right.
     
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    My tax class remains the same so it should be simple. Just a change of weight on the V5
     
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    As i said, got mine back within 10 days.
    Then got a reminder to tax at the old weights and price, emailed them and the reply was that the reminders were printed out 8 weeks prior to taxing, so before I had changed.
    Said don't use reminder use the V5 insteas.
     
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    So many of these threads, it leads me onto my pet rant. :D
    MH manufacturers seem to be so desperate to get the MH under 3500kg by using poor quality fittings, and ending up with an impractically small payload. I appreciate people need a sub 3500 offering, but there doesn't seem to be the choice any more in the 3500-7500 bracket now. I looked at the new vans at the Newbury show, and with only one or two exceptions (there was a beautiful Hymer there), I was totally underwhelmed by the vans.
     
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    Still waiting for my new V5, sent application in 3½ weeks ago, received my documents back a couple of days a ago so hopefully V5 will follow. Off to France on the 1st June, fingers crossed.
     
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    Yes I agree, but unfortunately with driving licence limitations this wont change so will always be an issue.
     
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    Just a thought.

    If a vehicle doesn't need any alterations to have its maximum gross weight increased, is there any reason why you can't sort it all out directly with DVLA, rather than paying £300 (or so) for someone else to complete the relevant paperwork?

    I'm thinking of uprating my Hymer from 4250kgs to 4500kgs. The axle weights are Rear:2400kgs and Front:2300kgs.

    I believe some Hymers on ALKO chassis are already plated at 4500kgs and I'd be interested to know if their axle weights are any different to mine.

    Mike
     
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    hi. you do have to know all the details of the vehicle . years ago there was a brake adaption you had to do to some talbot fiat type vehicles . also suspension , axles differ . tyres etc .this is what you pay sv tec for there are loads of others that do vehicle uplifting or lowering ,wheelbase engineering ,britcom,just to name a few.
    all have spent hours and hours studying how ,what where needs doing . also tracking down manufacturers details etc .
    yes you can do it yourself . but unless you are confident you know enough about it . just pay the small price and smile .
    i do it the other way . i very often lower vehicles to under 3500kg .
    then they can actually tow more . sounds daft but its true with licencing laws .
    its a crazy world we live in .
     
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    If you look at the list of instructions SVtech send with the upgrade paperwork they state if the revenue weight is blank on the V5 then you don't have to send it off to dvla.
    No weights at all on my V5 so I avoided that particular hassle.
     
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  12. SandraL

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    Hymer 2013 on fiat, axle weights front 2300, rear 2400 , 4250 total weight allowed, this on alko rear suspension.
    SV tech confirmed paperwork only to increase rear to 2500 and total to 4500.
    Max rear axle would be 2600 with air assistance and higher load index tyres, max still 4500.
    So since the extra 100kg to 2600 will be only 80kg? once weight of air assistance has been taken into account I shall stay at 2500 on rear axle.
     
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  13. Manic

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    Just send an email to Hymer Germany , they will tell you if it can be updated or not and they're cheaper than SVtec.
    I had mine done with
    Lisa Hummel
    kundendienst@hymer
     
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    When we bought our Rapido, from Wokingham, Adrian asked us what we wanted it plated at. Apparently they come out of the factory plated at a higher weight, ours was 3700 I think, and if the customer wants it at 3500 he changes it when he registers it with DVLA. I don't see why all dealers couldn't do this if they wanted to.
     
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    Because the person you are paying the £300 knows exactly what information the DVLA require and how to present it. There's no form to fill in, it's a case of writing to them and telling them exactly what they want to hear how they want to hear it. Also one of the things in the pack from SVTech is a statement from the person signing the letter stating how they are qualified to make the declaration. There's a hell of a lot of information on the paperwork SVTEch send, so if you are confident of including everything then I suppose there's no reason not to do it yourself. For me it was worth the £300 to not have to faff around.

    Everything was back from DVLA in 10 days.
     
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  16. RichardB

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    If only the DVLA was as good as SV Tech - sent off my V5 and paperwork to uprade from 3000 to 3250
    V5 comes back - vehicle weight still 3000kg but the van had now gone from a 2.2 diesel to a 3250 CC diesel!!
    30 minutes on the phone to them trying to explain and I now have to write in with the changes and they want a copy of the SVTech paperwork again!
     
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    You would thinks so but mine became a "special vehicle" - think fire-truck, crane etc!
     
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    Exactly, Frankia dont want to know. They would need to send me all the paperwork that the DVLA/Vosa need, they probably wouldn't send it, or if they did the paperwork would be incomplete, Then the DVLA/VOSA paperwork would come back to me or be done wrong.

    Some things are best done by people who know what they are doing. I hear people look at a cheap item in a shop and say "I could make that in my garage cheaper" Possibly they could but would it be as good? And after all the running around for bits and 3 attempts at getting it right it ends up more expensive!
     
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    unbelievable but typical! don't you just love the DVLA!:rolleyes:
     
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    When DVLA (as was) had regional offices it was easy to uprate.
    a trip to your local office, speak to a desk jockey and usually sorted there and then.
    on the odd occasion they would say you cant do that.....go back again and see someone else.
    they generally dont understand what you want so say no.

    Now it centralised you have a fight on your hands with a faceless bureaucrat.

    I sorted my last kontiki at Beverley office.
    got a cert of conformity and new VIN sticker from ALKO, via Swift, stating the proper gross weight.
    took that, the V5 and MOT and got it changed there and then from the wrongly registered 3500kg to new 3750kg
    took 2 weeks for the new V5.
     
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