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Weighing your Motorhome

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  • 01-11-2018
Weighing your Motorhome

Weighing your Motorhome

If you own a motorhome, you need to be considerate about its weight to avoid hefty fines or worse, inflict avoidable damage to the vehicle. Since motorhomes have different sizes, they have certain weight limits i.e. the weight they should carry and how it should be distributed throughout the vehicle. Every motorhome owner is advised to stick to these limits because overloading can have serious effects on performance, handling, stability, stopping distances and the overall safety of your motorhome. You can lose your motorhome insurance claim if your vehicle has exceeded the weight.

If you like travelling a lot or preparing for an event, it is very easy to overload your home because you will have to pack a lot of items. This may include even the items you may not need or use. If you are heavily overloaded, it becomes a serious offence and you can have bigger problems because you are putting your life as well as that of other users at risk. Over the years, overloading motorhomes have become very common because mobile homeowners expect greater luxuries as they travel.

How heavy is my motorhome?

The first thing you are required to know if you own a motorhome is the Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM), also known as Maximum Authorized Mass (MAM) of your motorhome. MAM refers to the maximum weight that your vehicle is authorized to carry including the passengers and all your touring kit. You can know the MAM by checking the chassis plate and/or the owner’s manual.

The payload of your motorhome is the difference between the actual weight of your motorhome and the MAM/MTPLM. In other words, the weight loaded into the vehicle should be measured to avoid exceeding the load limits of each axle. For instance, if your back axle has a tolerance of 300kg, it is impossible to carry a total weight of 500kg.

Mass In Running Order (MIRO)MIRO refers to the actual weight of your motorhome as it left the factory. This weight includes the weight of an average driver (which is regarded as 75 kg) and a full tank fuel before other contents are added to the motorhome.

How the Chausson fuel choice will reduce weight

One important feature of the Chausson motorhome is that you will need to carry less fuel weight. The Chausson uses gas oil which can be used on the road and does not require heavy gas cylinders to transport.

Only the refrigerator, hot plate and water heater require a gas supply. So you will not need to carry heavy gas cylinders on your journey. This is an effective way of lightening the load.

The total weight of two gas cylinders including the contents weighs 52kg. This is a massive weight saving when you are planning your equipment requirements.

Weigh your extras

When you are buying a motorhome, you should consider your needs and the practicalities to make the right choice. For instance, your budget and how you are planning to use your motorhome are some of the factors that can influence your choice of motorhome. Others may include additional features and warranty guarantees.

Remember, every item you will be carrying will be subtracted from your payload. This means that, if you have a lot of items or you are planning to make modifications, you may end up having motor weight problems. It is advisable to weigh the extras you will always have with you when buying a motorhome. Alternatively, you can have the vehicle weighed by the dealer because it is a lifetime investment.

rear view of motorhome with storage space open

If your motorhome is overloaded, you can drain the freshwater tank or declutter to remove items you don’t need. Alternatively, you can have your vehicle re-plated to a higher weight limit in case you need more load. To achieve this, you will have to consult with a dealer, a specialist from a replating company or the motorhome manufacturer.