The obvious risk of an overloaded vehicle!
Many motorhome manufacturers build their products to fairly tight specifications, and this includes overall weight limits. As such, we often get asked if we think a particular motorhome will be able to cope with or bear the weight of additional products. Now this is easy if you are adding something to the middle of the van such as a roofbox or new watertank, but when you add a scooter rack and scooter to the back of the motorhome, complications occour.
Because we want our customers to be safe and roadworthy when using our (or anybody elses) products, we have devised a formula for calculating safe axle loadings given the individual parameters of your motorhome. You see, you can't just add the weight of the scooter and rack to the overall weight of the van because the moment around the rear axle effects weight distribution. Very often, the overall weight of the unit may be within limits, but the rear axle can be significantly overloaded and therefore dangerous. The diagram and form below details the information we need to do this calculation and once it has been sent to us, we can quickly tell you your safe limits.
Please fill in the relevant dimensions so that we can do the relevant calculations. We will then contact you by phone or e-mail with details of your safe working limits.
Tip from the top
Having done this for a couple of years now, I have a few tips that you might find helpful:
One Final Note: Please do take the time to get actual front and rear axle weights and not just use what is quoted in the manufacturers handbook, the difference is sometimes surprising! Please note that without all of the required information entered below, we are unable to provide an accurate estimation of the effect of adding a towbar, scooter rack and scooter to your vehicle and your email may not be responded to.
Motorhome Axle Loads and Dimensions Diagram
Motorhome Axle load Submission Form
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