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Carrying a scooter in a garage

I have a Phantom Geist RG on a Merc 316CL Sprinter, and would like to carry a scooter and it would be good to hear from anyone who has done the same. My main concern is the weight limit. Thanks
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You really need to take your van (loaded a for a normal trip out) to your local weighbridge. Get them to check the rear axle load then subtract this from your maximum rear axle weight allowed. You should find this on a metal plate somewhere on the van.
This figure will tell you if what weight of scooter (if any) you can carry.


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Does the user manual mention a weight limit or mabe a plate in the locker area?

Does the van have twin rear wheels?

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no there its a single axle but I will look for a plate
thanks Wayne
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thanks Trevor there are not many weighing station here so I thought I would see if any one else had resolved this.
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A weighbridge takes out all uncertainty and you know exactly what scooter weight you can go up to.

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Justhad a look at a van similar to yours on another web site
(http://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xch...ome_review.htm) and have concluded that as your base vehicle is the same 3.5 tonne Merc as our previous Scout that there is every chance that a 125cc scooter in the garage plus "normal" clutter and water is most likely to take your back axle well over its limit. It did ours by rather a lot so we changed to a trailer. We now have a 6 tonne Merc!

But a weighbridge is the only way to be sure.

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IIRC the Phantom has a very long overhang at the back. Therefore not only will a heavy load in the garage affect the rear axle loading but it will adversely affect the front axle by excessively reducing the load. This can cause the steering to become ultra-light and seriously affect handling.

The size of scooter will of course make a big difference, the little 50cc Yamaha we had a couple of years ago weighed only 75kg, a larger machine will have a much greater effect. We took ours to a weighbridge with the scooter on a rack and we were just below the rear axle limit. On that 'van we had a short overhang at the rear so the scooter position relative to the rear axle was probably similar to what you are contemplating. The 'van drove OK but you could definitely feel the effect on the steering, especially in a crosswind.

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