Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Co. Down
My Motorhome: Hymer B598PL
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I think the term sharp practice understates the situation. I think not fit for purpose is more accurate. statements like ‘20 L of water’ whilst travelling are disgraceful.
The tyre manufacturers are on the ball insisting that rear tyres be run at 80psi. They obviously know that many, if not most, vans are overloaded, particularly on the rear axle. Their statement appears to be an effort to cover their asses knowing few people go to the trouble of weighing their van in order to set the tyre pressure properly.
It strikes me that it is only a matter of time before insurance companies cotton on to this problem and see a route to reducing their payouts. I uprated my 3500 kg van to 3850 as it always seemed to be running at 3650 kg (the fresh water tank has capacity of 140 L). I informed my insurance broker, who came back to me stating that the insurer (AXA) wanted to know why I was upgrading. They were either doing research or are incredibly ignorant of the situation.
I read also of so called ‘smart roads’ with inbuilt weight sensors linked to cameras becoming a feature of Uk roads. In fact someone quoted details of their existence in a freight trade magazine article on another forum (can’t remember) within the last day or so. Up until now people drive overloaded and will perhaps be unlucky to be pulled over once in their lifetime, but imagine the carnage amongst Motorhome owners if a network of these weighing sensors grows. You would be effectively driven off the road, full stop.