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Post by ajrm on Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:03 pm

We are taking our new Broadway away to France in 3 weeks and needed to know what our payload was going to be
The brochure tells me I have 305 kg because myself and 80% of fuel water and gas are included in the MIRO
My cert of conformity tells me my MIRO is 3216kg but I have the premium pack fitted ( minus the 13kg corner steadies that i took off ) and despite emailing AS about the weight of this, they have not responded
So, off to the local weighbridge. I left the van on the plate and went into the office. The van had about 80% water, 60% fuel and about 70% gas and the weight flickered between 3180 and 3200kg. That was without the 75kg allowed for me
So, the van is heavier by about 90 kg than I expected, which of course lowers the payload considerably
Good job I am in the process of uprating the max weight to 3700kg or we would be having a very lean time away.
After this experience, I would suggest everybody gets down to a weighbridge before going away. Check the prices too, I was quoted as much as £30 exc Vat, luckily, I got mine done for free. 
I am a tad disappointed in the poorer than expected payload of my van
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Post by roli on Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:27 pm

This is the case with many vans, some manufacturers are bigger culprits than others!   Similar experience with our Windsor & previously the Executive

I think that anybody involved with the design of motorhomes (Autocad operators!) should be compelled to do at least 6 months and be accompanied by their wife if a male solid motorhoming prior to be let loose on their computer software and be accompanied by their wife if a male

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Post by ajrm on Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:40 pm

They should also have to spend 6 months in Europe carrying the published payload and see how many overloading fines they get. 
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Post by modelman on Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:59 pm

I was quite worried about the weight issue as well, so, after the fitting of the tow-bar,bike rack, gas tank etc. but AFTER the removal of 2 x gas bottles & the corner steadies, & heavy cooker,  I whizzed it down to the council weighbridge, ( £5.00 )  & was pleasantly surprised to see it was within specs. smile!

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Post by algy on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:13 pm

Been a novice to travelling around Europe (I like to think we will one day) how important is been bang on with weight limits,are you regularly checked,and if so how does that work do the local police take you to a w/ bridge, and then fine you if your over. And I suppose the certificate from the UK w/bridge isn't worth taken with you as you could get that.. then go home and add more weight.sorry if I sound a bit dumb but its all new to me....cheers..Algy.
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Post by modelman on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:19 pm

I received a dated print-out from the council depot, & I encapsulated it & keep it on the cab overhead shelf. 

It shows the front & rear axle weights plus the gross all up weight, & when I refer to the plate on the front x beam, its easy to compare the loadings.

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Post by TeamRienza on Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:03 pm

Hi all,

Rather than strip my van down to the basics and weigh it, I packed mine with all the usual kit and gear, food, fuel (full tank), water (full tank), clothing, bikes and wife then I weigh mine.

It then replicates the heaviest that I would ever expect the van to be, ie ready for a month in France.

In N.Ireland we have free self service access to the Dept. of Envir. weighbridges. they give front and rear axle weights and total weight. I have this laminated together with the allowed weights, and keep it above the visor.

The weight was only accurate on the day of weighing but will not fluctuate much, and could save me the bother of a difficult conversation with a Gendarme. I feel happy that I have reduced the possibility of my Insurance Company trying to evade a pay-out in the event of an accident through overloading the axles or tyres.

I should add that I am fortunate to have a two berth van 3500 kg which weighs in at 3200kg and I still have nearly 500 kg available on the rear axle were it really counts.

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Post by DuxDeluxe on Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:20 pm

I did the same with my Broadway. Loaded to the gills, full fuel and water, bikes on the back.

3560kg

Really happy with that as both axles were way below their individual limits and just over 400kg left for Mrs Deluxe, vino etc
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