Camper Conversion weight - just under 3.2T!

MikeB

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See all the folk saying ye don't need a T32 and that a T28 is perfectly fine, even with a conversion!

We put ours onto a weighbridge yesterday on our way home from a week away. Gross weight came in at 3,180! We've got a LWB with a full conversion by Exploria (Reimo roof and VW Cali bed), and were carrying two 18ft sea kayaks on a Zolzer kayak rack (similar to a Karitek one) and two mountain bikes on an Altera Strada towball mount. So we had all the associated kit for biking and kayaking, but nothing like an awning or other heavy camping-type stuff.

The wagon had half a tank of fuel, two of us in it, and maybe 15 ltrs of water in the underslung tank. I was rather surprised. I was very glad I'd ignored one VW dealer who was adamant that we didn't need a T32.
 

andys

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Wow! Mind you I suppose it's the kayaks that are doing that, I'd certainly want the max payload if I was carrying those. The heaviest mine has ever weighed in at was 2620kg with 2 bikes (albeit one a kids), full fuel, full water and absolutely packed with our stuff inside. It would be impossible for mine to be overweight as there's never any room left to put anything else in.
 

MikeB

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Kayaks are probably 55 kg for the pair. The rack? Maybe 25kg. So really only the weight of a person. The AS rack is 15kg. Bikes are about 15kg each. We didn't even have all the stuff we'd have if we'd been overnight camping with the kayaks (tent / sleeping bags / etc). I'll be taking the wagon along to the w/bridge when it's unloaded / empty to see what's what.
 

Stay Frosty

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SWB T28 here and if you resist taking the contents of your house, garage and garden shed with you, also resist filling the water and diesel tanks plus buy supplies locally then it drives and handles pretty well, honest.... just saying.;)
 

MikeB

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Just by way of update - I put it over the w/bridge again today. With only me, 1/4 tank of fuel, no water, no bike rack - the wagon weighed in at 2860! That includes the kayak rack as it's a permanent fit, oh, and a full 907.
 

Ayjay

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I put my SWB T28 with a full camper conversion on the weigh bridge last year. I stupidly forgot about noting fuel but without anybody in it but with a few bits and pieces which tend to stay in the van (but probably don't get to much more than 30Kg), the ticket read 2280 Kg. Doing a few quick mental sums I added in me and my wife plus all the other stuff that has to go on a long trip and reckoned that we would be OK. However, it later occurred to me that whenever we travel over to Europe, one of the great bonuses is the chance to restock the cellar (aka a spare bedroom) with decent wine and it wouldn't take many cases of that to push over the top (10 cases of wine can weigh about 150 Kg!). Having first rejected the idea last year, those thoughts sobered me up enough to start the 'up plating' process on the van with SV Tech which should result in another 200 Kg being officially added to the weights section of the V5 by DVLA. SV Tech will also issue a new 'weight plate' to stick in the engine bay. Although I had already made up my mind, it also helped that they had a stand at the Malvern show last weekend and offered a much reduced price for the job. I don't know what load reading the 'standard' T28 Clayton wheels and tyres have but my case was helped by the fact that I already have Devonports and tyres on mine from a T32 and no further modifications are required.
 
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