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Extra Gear Weight

Postby amanda » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:18 am

I'm trying to figure out the approximate weight of my CT when it's fully loaded. Can anyone hazard a guess as to how much the gear they stow in the trailer weighs?

Currently I stow:
2 burner stove
20 Litre Water Container
Crockery Box
Glass Box
Pots and Pans Box
Food Box
Utility Box (tomahawk, pegs, hammer etc)
Folding Single Bed
2 Folding Tables
2 Camp Chairs
2 Gas Bottles
Sink Stand
Luggable Loo
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby Argle » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:28 pm

Best bet is to stick it on a weighbridge to get an exact figure
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby amanda » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:45 pm

Yeah, didn't really want to go to that much trouble, just wanted a rough idea.
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby CampGrrlz » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:00 pm

Argle wrote:Best bet is to stick it on a weighbridge to get an exact figure

Probably the most accurate, but a rough idea can be had by jumping on a set of bathroom scales without and then with each item. Helps to have an off-sider and a scribe to write it all down and add it up. Add 10 percent for contingencies and you should come close.

We've done it and just as well the passers-by cannot see through brick walls
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:21 pm

Argle wrote:Best bet is to stick it on a weighbridge to get an exact figure


Definitely need to put it over a weigh bridge to make sure it is legal Amanda....especially if it is insured.
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby amanda » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:07 pm

It's well within the legal limits - I'm buying a new car and want to figure out the approximate all up tow weight of the trailer as a guide to make sure whatever I buy has the correct capacity for towing it. Trailer and tent top is 380kg.
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:31 pm

Probably just weigh the things you are not sure of and add them the the tare Amanda....bit fiddly but it will give you a ball park figure.

Actually there should be a GVM on your compliance plate on the CT, use that as your guide.

If not then contact the manufacturer and ask them the GVM of your CT.

The GVM on my hard floor CT is 1750.

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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby Redback » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:18 pm

amanda wrote:I'm trying to figure out the approximate weight of my CT when it's fully loaded. Can anyone hazard a guess as to how much the gear they stow in the trailer weighs?

Currently I stow:
2 burner stove.........................................1kg
20 Litre Water Container.............................20kg
Crockery Box.............................................2kg
Glass Box..................................................1kg
Pots and Pans Box.......................................2kg
Food Box....................................................10kg
Utility Box (tomahawk, pegs, hammer etc).........5kg
Folding Single Bed.........................................5kg
2 Folding Tables...........................................10kg
2 Camp Chairs..............................................5kg
2 Gas Bottles................................................20kg if 9 kilo bottles
Sink Stand....................................................5kg
Luggable Loo.................................................5kg


That's approx going on our gear, add that to your 380kg trailer.

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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby amanda » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:21 am

Thanks Redback! That's a big help - I think I could comfortbaly say that I sit somewhere just under the 500 mark.
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby Poodle Jewel » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:56 am

You`re a legend Redback for doing that weight list. :+
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby cristos » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:45 am

there is a book by collyn rivers that has some good estimates of extra extras and general equipment, it is called the camper trailer book, at a glance it seems spot on with redbacks estimates
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby mr_grumble » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:46 pm

Estimating weight is one of those funny skills that you either have or your don't, just like estimating distances (just for the record I'm notably rubbish at both :oops: )

During the build of out CT, I 'thought' I was pretty mindfull of the accumulative weights as I made this, made that, bolted this here, welded that there....etc

I ended up with a fully loaded estimated weight inc CT of ~780kg.
Took it over a public weighbridge and received a bit of paper from the young girl behind the counter which said 1293kg ::() ::() Whats half a ton between friends :--?

Same day, took off the 1200kg outback rebound springs and refitted with 1500kg variants.

Pays to be vigilant with your weights and have them checked (is free at most public weighstations as long as you don't ask for a certificate), can be an expensive exercise otherwise. :roll:
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby CampGrrlz » Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:56 pm

Weighing big items like a trailer and so on is beyond what I do but I've weighed everything we carry in the car and trailer. Either by using a digital kitchen scale for smaller items and using a digital personal scale for larger items. Hop on the scale first then hop back on carrying the item and find out the difference. It was surprising how little some items weighed and we found that it was more bulk in the trailer and car than weight - not even close to the carrying capacity of either.

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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby Derek Bullock » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:21 pm

Amanda

One very important matter if looking at a new vehicle is your towball weight. This is the down weight on your jockey wheel of your fully loaded trailer.

Some cars have a very low weight factor. For example my Suzuki Grand Vitara has a towball weight of 85 kgs but the Toyota Rav4 is rated at 160 kgs. With my camper trailer I just scrape it in by putting most of the weight to the rear of the camper. I know if I can lift it easily then I am ok.

You will also find that with most vehicles the unbraked trailer weight will be 750 kg so if you go over that you will need brakes on the trailer.
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Re: Extra Gear Weight

Postby Jo&Kev » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:20 am

If your not looking for a certificate, you can always try your local landscaping place. I know the guys who work in ours would be more than happy to quickly weigh something.
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