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    Default Re: I purchased an old caravan

    My bet is that your front was too light. After loading lift the stabilizer legs and try to lift from the hitch. If you can do that easily either muscle man or too light front. I tried to tow a road van at about 70 kg on the ball and I did get couple hundred meters on highway.

    Take out everything you are not going to use. Anything extra gives you just trouble and your fuel bill will be higher. Tents can be heavy especially when wet. Those few times we had them with they were over the axel on the floor or a bit forward.

    What is the mass of the van? Just for interest. It is on the license disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    That must have required patience in buckets . Brings a new meaning to Vasbyt.
    Not really I could do 110 with relative ease and on certain stretches 120 was quite possible but having a lightweight tow vehicle made me keep it at 100 for safety. Had a 1500 engine up front that was slightly tuned and it had good towing performance.

    Still tow with a 1400 just this one is front wheel drive and also slightly tuned, increased the compression to get a little more oomph. Nowdays it is a mini behind the opel corsa and my biggest problem up van Reenen is staying within the speed limit. I still have a lot of patience as I believe road rage kills even if you get frustrated at yourself.

    Joburg skukuza takes me 5 3/4 hr while joburg palm beach takes me 8 hr so not too bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko View Post
    What is the mass of the van? Just for interest. It is on the license disc.
    Its weighs 970kg

    What baffles me is that the GVM is only 1160kg - with poles, tent and groundsheet loaded you ain't left with a helluva lot!
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    For some reason most of the caravan manufacturers limit the amount you can load. Very few road caravans can load more than say 200kg.
    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    Its weighs 970kg

    What baffles me is that the GVM is only 1160kg - with poles, tent and groundsheet loaded you ain't left with a helluva lot!
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    Default Re: I purchased an old caravan

    Leave the tent home. There is some kg for drinks.

    Not a lot if the true weight is 970 kg.

    If you camp 2/3 nights in one place very quickly you will be hopping mad if it is 2 people and you have tent, couch, 6 chairs... You will spend half of the holiday packing and unpacking. I am always amazed what some people bring with them.

    Tip: The first thing to "unpack" are kids of all ages Van is to take a holiday and not to be a slave and/or ATM.

    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    Its weighs 970kg

    What baffles me is that the GVM is only 1160kg - with poles, tent and groundsheet loaded you ain't left with a helluva lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    Its weighs 970kg

    What baffles me is that the GVM is only 1160kg
    Recommended ball weight is 10% of caravan mass. Some countries it's 8%. So 115kg ideal (at full load obviously) but check what the vehicles tow point is rated to.
    Rest of packing suggestions regarding weight distribution apply. Also try balance left/right weight distribution.
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    Default Re: I purchased an old caravan

    Weight distribution. Been posted many times before I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    Its weighs 970kg

    What baffles me is that the GVM is only 1160kg - with poles, tent and groundsheet loaded you ain't left with a helluva lot!
    On our first big 2 week trip to the Kruger with our caravan, I weighed everything before I loaded.

    My TARE and GVM is roughly the same as yours.

    It was eye opening on how much I could actually load before hitting the GVM. Ok, it was not 100% precise, but I could fit almost everything in the caravan in terms of food (no cold items, drove through Swaziland), tents and poles. There are however big ticket items I load in the car that never goes into the caravan.

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    Default Re: I purchased an old caravan

    The issue is always what does the manufacturer include in the TARE? Batteries, awning, fridge etc etc??
    Ideal would be to load it and go over a weighbridge - but every time I pass one when going on a trip the queue is never worth the effort (and it would be a mission if you where over GVM and then got grounded).
    Does anyone perhaps know a friendly weighbridge (JHB area?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamF View Post
    Does anyone perhaps know a friendly weighbridge (JHB area?)
    Graham I used the weighbridge at Simba Chips in Kempton Park when I first registered my home built Lotus 7. You can also try any of the major scrap metal dealers. They normally weigh trucks on the way in and again on the way out after unloading. The difference is what gets paid for and the scales are normally calibrated because of this.
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    Bought our Jurgens Fleetline L new in Feb. 1987 for R12k. Still in perfect condition, roof surround replaced twice, roof gas struts replaced last year, threw the old rubbish 3 way fridge out
    and replaced with an Isotherm 12V fridge with Danfoss compressor, supplied by National Luna about 5 years ago for R10k. Fitted Ewiks movers last year for R14k. Are going to install
    a 9 or 12K BTU aircon and it needs a new rally tent. Besides that good enough to last for many years. I replace tyres every 7 years after I had a blow out once, bonded the brake linings once and
    pack the wheel bearings every 2 years.
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