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How do I check if my trailer or caravan is overloaded?

By February 27, 2023Campers, Trailers
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Here are some steps to check if your trailer or caravan is overloaded:

1. Check the maximum weight limit: Check the maximum weight limit of your trailer or caravan, as specified by the manufacturer. This information can be found in the owner’s manual or on the label on the trailer.

2. Weigh the trailer: You can weigh the trailer by using a public weigh station, or you can use portable weigh scales specifically designed for trailers.

3. Determine the weight of the load: Make sure to include the weight of any items you are transporting, such as furniture or equipment, as well as any supplies or personal items you are carrying.

4. Calculate the aggregate trailer mass (ATM): The ATM is the sum of the trailer’s tare weight, which is the weight of the trailer when it is empty, and the weight of the load it is carrying.

5. Compare the ATM to the maximum weight limit: If the ATM exceeds the maximum weight limit of the trailer or caravan, it is considered to be overloaded.

6. Adjust the load: If your trailer or caravan is overloaded, you should adjust the load by removing some items or redistributing the weight to ensure that the ATM is within the maximum weight limit.

It’s important to ensure that your trailer or caravan is not overloaded, as this can result in unsafe towing conditions and potential damage to the vehicle or trailer. Regularly checking the ATM and ensuring that the weight is within the recommended limits can help ensure a safe and successful towing experience.

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