Van weight upgrade (1 Viewer)

Dec 26, 2014
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We have a Bailey 75-2 at weight of 3500kg can I upgrade it to 3850kg without doing any adjustments to the motorhome giving me more payload.
I now why at 3500kg so you can drive on a car license
 

Minxy

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It depends what chassis it's on but generally speaking you can probably go up to 3850kg without modification.
 
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Yes you can upgrade the 75-2 to 3850kg without modifications. You need to contact either SV Tech or J R Consultants who can do the necessary paperwork for you. Bear in mind you can still only load the rear axle to 2000kg and the front to 1850kg. To make use of the extra 350kg is almost impossible. If you shift all heavy items forward and lightweight stuff under the bed you should be able to utilise 250kg extra payload. You will of course need a C1 on your license. A considerably more expensive option is to have Air Suspension fitted to the rear with 225/70 R15 112 tyres as well, this will give you 2240kg on the rear and 1850kg (realistically 1750kg) on the front bringing your payload around 800kg.
 
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Langtoftlad

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On my Citroen Relay based PVC I could only upgrade to 3700 without modification according to SVTech... and up to 3850 with rear air assist (max axle weights).
 

Minxy

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On my Citroen Relay based PVC I could only upgrade to 3700 without modification according to SVTech... and up to 3850 with rear air assist (max axle weights).
That sounds weird ... what chassis is it?

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Apr 29, 2009
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Same here - could only go to 3700kgs without mod and rear axle is at 2000kgs so can only use the extra payload up front (which happens to be where we want it!)
 
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Its much cheaper to leave the wife at home,,BUSBY:D2:D2

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Minxy

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From those who can only go up to 3850kg with air suspension fitted I wonder if the MH manufacturers change the rear suspension when they build the coachbuilt body bit as I believe a PVC on the light chassis can go up to 3850kg without mods.

Another though ... as coachbuilts are often built on the shortest chassis they can get away with and have a larger overhang than the equivalent length PVC, that may be why the extra suspension is required due to the leverage effect.
 

MHdreaming

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I have a 2016 Burstner on a light Fiat chassis plated at 3500 SV Tech say I could uprate to 3700 with no mods and 3850 with air assist.

The same van was available from Burstner at the time with light chassis but plated at 3850 however was a little more expensive and must be ordered from the factory as a 3850

From what I can understand the factory make modifications to the rear leaf springs
 

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