Weight advice please

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  1. Nik

    Nik Funster

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    Hi I have put my 2012 Autotrail Delaware over a weighbridge and have the following results. Front..1540Kg. Rear..3840kg All...4120kg

    There are 2 plates under the bonnet
    1. Fiat states 4250
    6500
    1.............2100
    2.............2400
    2nd plate (Autotrail 2nd stage conversion)
    4250
    5290
    1...............2100
    2...............2400.
    I had a full watertank, nearly full diesel, 2 bikes and tow ball carrier. Some food and wine, not too many clothes, general kit including drive away awning, just me on board, my wife who claims to be not too heavy was outside directing.
    I hope I'm reading the plates wrong but am I overweight on the rear axle? If so I don't know how to shed that much weight, 1440Kg. Should I consider getting it up plated.
    advice please, thanks
    nik.
     
  2. DuxDeluxe

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    The rear reading looks horribly incorrect to me
     
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    According to your figures your rear axle is overloaded by about 1.5 tonnes:Eeek:

    However their is a problem as the weighbridge figures don't add up.
     
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    I agree with @DuxDeluxe - the figures just don't add up! Front+rear should equal total. The rear figure MUST be wrong!
    If we assume that the other two readings are correct then the rear will be 2580 - which is still overweight. Uprating the max and the rear sounds like it is worth investigating.
     
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    The weighbridge figures will not add up to the exact total, as the van is driven on and off, it tilts and weight is added to the lower end

    Your individual weights add up to over 5000kgs, far too much compared to the total weight

    Needs to be weighed again
     
  6. Abacist

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    I suspect a typo on your recorded weights. The rear axle can't be right but it might be as the front looks too light to me and too much weight on the back is making the front light. At worst I hope its not even 2840 kilograms. The best rear axle you are likely to get is 2,500 kilos with a maximum weight upgrade. I have an Autotrail Savannah and have an overall maximum of 4500 kgs with 2500 max on the rear axle with air suspension and upgraded tyres. You have a bike rack and spare wheel hanging off the back end so you must not overload the rear garage. Put heavy stuff under the seats near the front. Light stuff in the garage like chairs, watering can, hose etc.

    I think you need a more accurate trip to the weighbridge. Is it flat either side of the weighing platform? If not then your axle weights will be all wrong.
     
  7. mike mcglynn

    mike mcglynn Funster Life Member

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    I think your weighbridge figure was incorrect try your local council depot weighbridge and tell them what you require ie. front axle ,gross weight,rear axle I used to operate a weighbridge and you need to drive on and off slowly for the sensors to settle to obtain a correct weighing as has been said the two axle weights should come to or very near the gross weight.
     
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    If 3840Kg was your total weight (instead of the figure you have) this would make more sense and give you a rear axle of around 2300Kg which is more acceptable. Just a stab in the dark as 3840 sounds about right to me given the load you mention.
     
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    Rear is more likely 1840. Definitely a screwed reading
     
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    I've just had mine weighed fully loaded for long trip diesel full, water full, gas full. its an Autotrail Cheyenne 696 se front 1510 kg and back 2340kg total 3850kg bang on the mark but that's without the wife in, I don't know how to break it to her that she can't come lol
     
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    Agree with everyone else, I would assume that the chassis is the 4 tonne Ducato, therefore having 3840kg on the rear axle would me scraping the arse end of the van on the road. I assume this isn't happening, so something is awry!
     
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    It would be nice if the OP came back and reported the outcome on this. Very frustrating giving help and advice only then to be left in the dark as to the outcome!
     
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