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  1. I had the opportunity this week to take part in a Multi Agency intervention on one of the routes to the South coast . Despite all of the published information about vehicle weights and the musings on this site, it would seem that for some people if their car will pull it, it doesn't even cross their mind whether it is legal or not. One individual, a guy in his late Twenties, with Wife, Two kids and a large dog, plus luggage knew "absolutely everything" (his words, as he was a law graduate) about traffic law, but still failed to comprehend the basics before setting off for Easter with the In laws in Spain. He was pulled in because the outfit looked "backside heavy" despite being a tandem axle van (Lexon 640) being pulled by a 2017 Sportage 1. The Lexon was plated at MTPLM 1800 kg, the Sportage has a Towable Mass of 1400 Kg, no problem with that but the actual masses were as follows Sportage Axle 1 1140 Kg (Plated 1280 ) Axle 2 1170 Kg (Plated 1150) This was with the caravan coupled so included the imposed load MAM is plated at 2000 Kg Caravan Axle 1 890 Kg (Plated 900) Axle 2 1020 Kg (Plated 900) The Sportage MC weight is 3400 Kg The caravan was being used more as a trailer as they were delivering a new flat packed kitchen (amongst other stuff) that they were going to fit whilst stopping in the van. On top of that the overrun brake was defective the lights did not function effectively due to a homemade taped up connection from the 13 Pin Plug to a 7 pin socket, and he had no towing mirrors. As far as I know, he is still there telling the Police and DVSA guys that they are wrong.
  2. Any help with this would be very welcome. Been caravanning for a year. We've amassed a lot of gear, but weighed it all carefully as we went and kept a tally, to keep within MTPLM. (Or so we thought.) We carry heavy stuff, such as awning, in the car. I took our Bailey U2 Cadiz to the local weighbridge today and was shocked to get a reading 242kg above MTPLM. Here are the relevant spec figs for the Cadiz. MIRO 1344kg MTPLM 1498kg Payload 154kg Weighbridge reading was 1740kg! I included battery (24kg) and motor mover (27kg) when calculating actual payload weights. I subtracted carpets (10kg) and table (9kg) which we don't use, as well as 7. 5kg for the Calorlite gas cylinder which that much lighter than the 18kg allowed in MIRO. Bailey told me everything supplied with the van was included in MIRO. Re-weighed everything again today and found I actually had 30kg more than I thought. Tested spring balance and it's accurate. I've managed to get rid of the excess, now. Here's my question. Why does the weighbridge say I'm 242kg overweight when my calculations say 30kg? Never used a weighbridge before. Are they accurate? Is the Bailey spec of 1344kg MIRO accurate? Have I missed something obvious? Thanks.
  3. Hi, has anyone any idea what a large leisure battery and a Power touch evolution weigh in at please? Have just taken my new Lexon 540 to a local weighbridge and it's 45 kg over weight with very little in it.
  4. As we havent made it away this weekend, thought best to get everything lined up for when we go away in a month's time. One of those things was to weigh everything going back into the van. Never done it before & am now totally shocked: Allowed Payload for van 178kg What I worked out: 1. Mover - 42kg 2. Awning - 35kg (allowed for full one rather than porch) 3. Wastemaster - 5. 3kg 4. Aquaroll - 4kg 5. Awning Carpet - 5. 6kg 6. Plates/Bowls - 6. 2kg 7. Cutlery - 2. 3kg 8. Cups etc - 5. 7kg 9. Cooking pans/dishes etc - 8kg 10. Toaster/Kettle/Mats - 6. 9kg 11. Towing Cover - 2. 2kg 12. Caravan levels - 1. 9kg 13. Chemicals - 4. 6kg 14. Awning Table - 5kg 15. Chairs x 4 - 15. 6kg 16. Washing Line - 3kg 17. Awning Pegs (two sets) - 8kg 18. Bits & bobs for set up - 4kg Totting things up, thats already taken me over my limit! Quite frightening really & unless doing this I would have blissfully carried on this year, as I now know I would have been over the weight limits on my previous van last year. Really made me think about what you take & this doesnt even allow for putting the bedding in the van or some things in the fridge. I know I can move some things to the car to help out a bit, but I'm assuming that the van automatically allows for the gas bottles & battery (please shout if its not & that will set me even further over the limit). Also unsure if the waste master and aquarolls are catered for in the main van weights? Now seriously considering a max weight uplift & rehash of the things that go in the van (need to be careful as SWMBO loads up the car to the max as it is!). Any help or recommendations would be appreciated.
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