PERSONAL DIY 'WEIGHBRIDGE'-cum-MH WEIGHING PLATFORM

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  1. wingman

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    I know that many Funsters don't belong to the C&CC (or have got fed up with it)

    BUT.....

    In this month's mag', a gizmo caught my eye that, in my naivety, I thought quite useful. In an article entitled, Weighing up the options, there was a 'Weight Pad' that in addition to weighing caravans, also weighed motorhomes. Not sure how this would work, because you can only weigh one wheel at a time! (n)

    Made by Reich (of MotorMover fame) the gadget can weigh up to 1,500kg per wheel. It is thin, has a large LCD digital readout and you simply drive on to it. A bit pricey at circa £170 but loose change for an A-Class owner :D The magazine suggested that a few motorhomers could club together to spread the cost if nec'.

    I thought them a good idea (if they work) especially if you live in a rural place where a public weighbridge is some distance away, or you just fancy one! Could be quite convenient also if you don't want to load the van up just to go to the weighbridge, or detour there before one's travels.

    Be interesting to hear any comments.
     
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    Used to own several weighbridges which cost tens of thousands and have to be installed to very high standards.
    These things at best are a very rough guide and certanly not accurate.
    Also £170.00 pays for a lot of public weighs at a proper certificated weighbridge.
    If your vehicle is close to max weight these things aren't accurate enough to keep legal.
     
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    I have a Reich scale and it is very good you have to drive over it very slowly and as far as I am able to ascertain accurate.
    I know this because I used a weighbridge after using my scales and they were within a few Kilo's so I trust them
     
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    I saw that too James. Looks interesting. With weighbridges at £20 per visit (if you get both axles weighed separately) it won't take long to pay back .
     
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    I have one of the 1500Kg models, only used it once as we have a public weighbridge close to home now.

    Any sensible offers?
     
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    I have four of them, 2x 1000kg units and 2x 1500kg units. I stopped using them on a regular basis when they proved to be outside their quoted 3% accuracy. Only use them to get an idea of weight now as I have a friendly scrap yard nearby who will do quick weighings for me as a "return of favour" scheme.

    D.
     
  7. Speve

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    They need to be recalibrated every two years mine is going back to have it done costs £40 inc postage.
     
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    local scrap yard only charge £5 for three weights front, rear and total
     
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    Local weighbridge to me charges a fiver if I do not want a ticket
     
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    Don't want to upset the apple cart but my local scrapy does not charge me anything :xThumb::xgrin:
     
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    Do it here when over. 1€ a time, certified weighbridge, complete with print out. That's the ones on side of road. Or any builders merchant will normally let you weigh for nothing.
     
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    Interesting replies lads. Thanks.

    Even as a guide, it's good to know they work!

    Stupid question; does one weigh one wheel at a time and then add (say) both front wheel weights then separately, the rears together (if you see what I mean).
     
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    Yes!

    EDIT Sorry, I didn't mean it is a stupid question.
     
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  14. Speve

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    :xThumb:Yes it's pretty self explanatory it adds up the weights for you but it's nice to know what you have on each wheel and each axle,gives you a chance to move stuff around to even it all out.:xThumb:
     
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    Hi all
    Ordered one of these Reich "Caravan Weight Control" scales on Tuesday, Got it today (Thursday). Good quick service. However, somewhat disappointed. DOA! Here is my email to them...

    "Thank you for your prompt despatch of my order.

    However, the product failed to power up when the batteries were fitted. The problem lies in a design fault with the battery housing.

    The positive connector on the centre battery will not engage with the electrical contact as it is recessed too deeply into the housing.

    in order to make contact and allow the unit to power up, I had to remove the plastic sleeve from the positive end of the centre battery to allow it to fit deeper into the housing.

    This shortcoming suggests a lack of testing following production.

    On the subject of testing, there is no certification supplied with this product. I expected at least an initial calibration certificate. The product is claimed to be accurate to within 3%. Where is the documentation to demonstrate that each individual scale falls within this accuracy? The user manual says the unit should be re-calibrated by the manufacturer every 2 years. There is no initial calibration data. There is no date of manufacture on the product. Is this coded into the serial number on the battery compartment cover? If so, please tell me how to read this.

    One last observation, it is not a good idea to mark a piece of measuring equipment with a serial number on a loose part of the equipment like a battery cover. In a production and testing environment, it is possible that these covers can become mixed up and substituted, so losing the individual identity of the equipment and all it’s traceability of calibration history. On measuring equipment especially, serial numbers should be marked on the main body of the equipment and preferably duplicated on electronic circuit boards inside the equipment.

    Please tell me how we can address these issues with he manufacturer and provide me with the initial calibration certification. Pleas also re-assure me that you can provide me a solution the the battery holder problem.

    Many thanks"

    I'll let you know what their response is
     
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    Yes, thanks, got the manual, but no certification. The manual says it shoud be regularly recalibrated every two years.
     
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    It was also as a reply for wingman
     
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    Oh yeah, sorry DOH!
     
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    Nothing to be sorry for.

    I bought a set of the Reich scales off fleebay when a cheap set came up and found them very useful for weight distribution when I was re-jigging the interior of our PVC.
     
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