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Tow Hitch weight again.

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25 Nov 2016 @ 07:47:14 am
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Just a head's up on what I've just had done on the Nomad.
They mounted the spare wheel on the 'A' frame which weighs 25kg.
Combined with the aircon mounted in the front hatch and normal goetes packed, the weight on the front wheel was over 150kg. (max on my scale)
I put the wheel in the back of the van and all the tents, poles, pegs etc along with it. Behind the axle.
Now there was quite a discussion on a previous thread regarding the trigonometry between the wheel and actual hitch.
Anyway after this moving stuff to the back, the weight came down to only 135 kg!
This has bugged me to the extent that I've had a bracket made so that the spare is mounted outside on the back of the van.
Only got it back yesterday so the weighing should be quite interesting.
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25 Nov 2016 @ 08:17:38 am
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Regardless of the nose weight, Be very very careful of too much weight at the rear of the van it reacts like a bloomin pendalum, ad you could be facing a tail's-a-wagging-the-dog situation.....

Do tow trials... start slow... introduce a slight swerve..... carefully....

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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25 Nov 2016 @ 08:22:31 am
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Thanks for reminding me Warren.
I did pull her from Booysens to Benoni yesterday and although not packed properly, i.e. without tents etc. she towed pretty well.
I shall do some trials and I do use a yellowblade all the time.
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25 Nov 2016 @ 09:14:47 am
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Should do those trials without the straightliner, then add it for insurance... The rig aught to be stable without it....

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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25 Nov 2016 @ 09:39:17 am
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Should do those trials without the straightliner, then add it for insurance... The rig aught to be stable without it....

Totally agree with Warren, do the exercise loaded without the Yellow Blade. I would stick to 80 kph maks during such excersise

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25 Nov 2016 @ 10:45:30 am
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This towball weight thing does not make sense to me. Took my van for service this week. Inside nosecone is a sticker...max 25kg do not exceed 100kg on ball. Sprite Swing

I took everything out. Van was empty. I took out gas bottle and spare wheel.

Weight on empty = 93kg????

Will start reloading van next week but I expect a shocker as all loading space is in front of axle!

At last !!!!
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25 Nov 2016 @ 11:22:58 am
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Be carefull for the heavy stuff behind the axle, as mentioned before. If the van goes into a swag all brown stuff hits the fan.
You only live once on earth, live life as if there is no tomorrow.
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26 Nov 2016 @ 07:11:55 am
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I must say that when there was 150kg odd on the ball, she towed like a dream. Pantech's overtaking me at speed didn't even create a slight wave.
Then again, in the event of a prang (God forbid) insurance would probably pick that up and refute the claim. Not to manufacturer's specs!
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26 Nov 2016 @ 07:15:16 am
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All your comments make me wonder about those 'road trains' where there is a van followed by a trailer, and I've even seen a boat after the trailer!!
Surely that should get a pendulum going?
That experiment video clip of a couple of weeks ago tells it all!!!
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26 Nov 2016 @ 11:08:02 am
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Just weight it at the hitch. 100kg bang on, without tent etc. etc.
Now I can place the etc's in the isle & over the axle instead of piling them up behind the axle.
Still going to test the towing sway.
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28 Nov 2016 @ 06:21:33 am
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Morning S

All your comments make me wonder about those 'road trains' where there is a van followed by a trailer, and I've even seen a boat after the trailer!!
Surely that should get a pendulum going?
That experiment video clip of a couple of weeks ago tells it all!!!

You mean like this?

Nope.... If done correctly it is 100 % legal and, despite what many may say, just as safe...

In fact, it deals with the problem of overloading which IS unsafe...

LONG story short... Look at it this way, You are still towing only 1 trailer, it just happens to be articulated in the middle... (That's how Mr. uniform sees it)

BTW that's Naude's neck.....

 

 

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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28 Nov 2016 @ 12:11:32 pm
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Hi Steamer

Interesting thread - thanks. You state "I've had a bracket made so that the spare is mounted outside on the back of the van." Please advise - where was it done, cost involved, do you perhaps have a photo?

 

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29 Dec 2016 @ 16:12:39 pm
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Hell! Sorry Gerhard, I didn't see your post till now.
I had it done at Steelite in Booysens Road, Booysens. 011 493 7307. Trevor is very helpful.
They only took about 36 hours and It cost only R 1800.00
I was very impressed with their service and quality.I can't remember how to post a pic in a topic.
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29 Dec 2016 @ 16:34:00 pm
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Maybe this will work. Excuse the photo's, the van is up on stands & I can't move it easily.

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30 Dec 2016 @ 08:01:00 am
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Thank you John, much appreciated. It looks perfect. I have the SP Tourer and is considering installing an aircon in the nose. Have to move the spare wheel.

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