Weigh To Go
Get your Caravan weighed at Weigh to Go before your next trip
For only $110 we will weigh your Caravan and vehicle and provide a complete and comprehensive report on whether your caravan is road legal. Simply give us a call on 3205 7738 and we will book you in.
Why Weigh your Caravan?
Statistics from the RACQ estimate up to 70% of caravans on Queensland roads are overweight and yours could be one of them.
If you are in any doubt, you should have your caravan weighed to make sure your rig is perfectly balanced and safe for you, your passengers and other road users. One of the leading causes of caravan related road accidents in due to overweight caravans, or caravans that have the wrong weight distribution and safety gear.
One other good reason to make sure your caravan is the right weight, is the cost to your hip pocket. Police can enforce hefty fines between $600 and $1,500 if you are caught with an overweight caravan at a mobile weigh station. That’s not all, in addition to the fine you could lose up to 4 points off your driving licence.
How do you weigh your Caravan?
Getting your caravan weighed is actually only half the story. When it comes to towing a caravan, there is definitely more that meets the eye involved in the process the seasoned caravanner knows that it can get very complicated.
At Weightogo, we take the hassle out of the getting your caravan weighed and tested so you can get on your way. Here are some of the ways we test and measure your Caravan to ensure it is road legal:
- Tare mass: This is the mass of your caravan or vehicle with nothing in it. The correct weight for your caravan is determined by manufacturer’s specification. For your tow vehicle, the weight is also determined by the manufacturer’s specification and will include fuel and coolant. In both cases, we do not include any payload.
- ATM: is aggregate trailer mass. This measurement is calculated by adding the tare mass of your caravan to its maximum payload. This rating is set by the manufacturer and it is against the law to exceed it.
- GVM: is gross vehicle mass. This is the limit of weight that your car can support, including your car, your passengers, and your tow ball mass. Again, this is a rating set by the manufacturer that you cannot exceed by law.
- GTM: is gross trailer mass and is the same as above for your caravan. It does not include the portion of the weight which will be supported by the tow bar or the jockey wheel.
- Payload: is any mass which you add to your vehicle or caravan. This includes passengers, luggage, bull bars or other features put on as accessories or aftermarket additions and tow ball mass.
- Maximum payload: is the maximum weight that you can add into the vehicle or caravan on top of the tare mass. With your caravan, you don’t need to include passengers, it relates to what you have inside the caravan when you are on the road. It also includes water and gas and anything you have put into the caravan for transport.
- TBM: is tow ball mass which is exerted on the tow ball once your caravan is hitched to your vehicle. The TBM is included in your two vehicles’ payload.
- GCM: Is the combined maximum gross mass of your Caravan and your vehicle.
- TBD: Is tow bar download which represents the amount of pressure that the tow bar can handle. Usually, it should be between 10 to 15% of your GTM.Get this wrong and your caravan can become unstable and difficult to control especially in high wind.
Calculating the numbers correctly is essential because an overweight caravan or car could prove to be dangerous on the roads. You can’t simply go by your vehicle’s recommended legal towing capacity because when you increase your GVM, you will have less room in your GCM for the caravan.
Another thing to consider is that weight should be distributed as evenly as possible between the front and rear axles of your vehicle. This is to help distribute the pressure across the car, rather than putting it all down through one set of wheels. Having the incorrect weight distribution also means you could be causing undue stress on your towing vehicle and more wear and tear.
Peace of Mind
If you tow your caravan when it’s overweight you are playing Russian roulette on the highway.
You will be putting yourself, your passengers and other road users in danger. Even if you do not believe there is much of a risk, you should still be aware of the potential legal consequences.
In a worst-case scenario, you may end up crashing because of your overloaded caravan and tow vehicle. If you do, there is a good chance you will involve another vehicle in the accident, especially on busy roads. Should another person die as a result of the crash, you could be brought up on charges of dangerous driving occasioning death.
If you are caught during a random check or a non-fatal accident, there are still legal consequences to bear. You may be asked to pay a fine and you may also find that your insurance claim is refused. Further legal action could also result.
The capacity of your towing vehicle may take some work to figure out, but it could save your life or someone else’s if you make those checks.
At Weightogo our experienced team of technicians will weigh your caravan and vehicle and tell you if it’s legal and approved to drive. If there is a problem we will explain the issues and how to fix them. Being a RACQ Selected Repairer, our caravan repair and service team are fully qualified to carry out any modification or adjustment required. So you have a peace of mind that you are not breaking the law and that your caravan is set up safe to drive.