Having read the advice on the forum with regards to TARE and GVM changes it looks like my problem may be different...
Last year we bought a new Jurgens Classique (2015), the dealer offered to fit a mover and aircon as optional extras. We took delivery of the van with these options fitted by the dealer.
Reading about the concerns around overloading, we decided it best to be pro-active and get the caravan weighed for peace of mind.
We visited a weigh bridge in Midrand today.
The data plate reads - TARE 1266KG and GVM 1490KG
The caravan weighed 1600KG with the fitted extras (aircon and mover) plus tent, poles, ground sheet and mattress.
So the GVM and TARE is 1600KG
The axle is rated at 1600KG and the wheels are rated as 1900KG.
We took the tent, poles, ground sheets and battery out and got it down to 1500KG.
The guy at the weigh bridge suggests we should get the wheel bearings upgraded to handle the additional load and also obtain a letter from Jurgens rating the axle at 1800KG so that he can change the GVM to 1800KG.
Is this true?
Anyone else run into a problem like this and can offer some advice please?
Thanks for the reply.
The dealer says that they will arrange to have it sorted in January as well.
They also mentioned upgrading the axle to 1.8T but they weren't too keen because they feel it will be too rigid.
As it stands the caravan is not road legal but the dealer thinks it will be fine to travel to KZN as is and have them sort out in January.
Clint, someone posted a thread recently, stating that in KZN, they were having a mobile weigh bridge, so, the dealer should give you a written notice stating "you will be okay, they will sort it out in Jan 2017".
Unfortunately, I don't beleave upgrading the bearings alone is going to solve your problem, the axle rating will have to be upgraded aswell. The GVM is detetmined as follows:
The lowest rating of the following;
The safe load rating of the axle,
The safe load rating of the combined capicity of the tyres,
Then lastly, your towing vehicle must outweight your caravan.
Sorry for sounding negative, but these are the facts.