Weigh My Ride

Mobile Caravan Weighing

Melbourne & Regional Victoria

Tow Safely - Protect Your Family & Friends

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Caravan Weighing & Complete Towing Setup Assessment

Welcome to Weigh My Ride’s comprehensive mobile Caravan Weighing Services for Melbourne and regional Victoria. Ensuring the safety and stability of your caravan journey is our top priority.

Explore why car and caravan weighing is essential, our specialised services, and why choosing us is the smartest decision for your road adventures.

Why do I need to know my caravan weights?

Reasons For Car & Caravan Weighing

Car and caravan weighing is an essential part of your travel preparations to ensure you are safe and legal on each and every journey.

Car and caravan weighing refers to the process of weighing the car, caravan and combination to ensure you have a balanced payload and are within the manufacturer’s specifications.

Knowing your weights is the first step to guide you on safe towing practices that enhance the stability of your setup.  Here’s why it matters:

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Safety Assurance

Carrying loads beyond the manufacturer’s specified weight limits can compromise the stability of your car and caravan. Weighing ensures you stay within safe operational parameters, reducing the risk of accidents, commonly caused by vehicle sway and instability.

Legal Compliance

Police and road authorities throughout Australia frequently set up mobile caravan weighing checkpoints to assess car and caravan compliance. Regular weighing helps you comply with legal requirements, avoiding potential fines or penalties.

Improved service Life

Overloading your car and caravan puts unnecessary stress on components, leading to premature wear and tear. Car and caravan weighing helps extend the lifespan of crucial elements such as brakes, tyres and suspension, ensuring a longer-lasting and cost-effective investment that remains insured.

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Our caravan weighing service

What We Do

We are more than just a weighing service. Whether an experienced tower or first time traveller, you will benefit from the extensive and unbiased knowledge and experience that is shared by our team as part of your 1 – 1.5 hour assessment.

We identify unnecessary axle pressure, unbalanced load, suspension sag or weights that exceed the vehicle’s specified limits that can apply stress to rear suspension, impact steering/braking performance and increase the risk of vehicle sway.

Travel height

We assess your complete towing setup including the travel height of the car and caravan to ensure they are both set up to achieve the most comfortable and stable ride.

Weight distribution

We use the latest in technology - calibrated, individual wheel scales with +/- 1kg accuracy so that we can review the complete load distribution for the car and caravan (side to side and front to rear) to ensure your cargo load is evenly and safely balanced.

On-the-spot rectification

We offer onsite solutions such as proposed load redistribution, secondary weighs and/or product enhancements designed to improve ride quality and dynamic stability, that can be purchased and fitted if required to get you towing at the optimal level.

What Our Customers Receive

Peace
of Mind

Travel confidently knowing your car and caravan are within their recommended weight limits and towing at the optimal level. Providing a comfortable driving experience for you and your passengers that is safe, legal and insured.

Detailed
Weighing Report

A comprehensive report is compiled and shared post-appointment outlining your car and caravan weights, alongside suggestions on how to improve your weight distribution, safety and comfortability. Weight terminology is explained in detail.

Customised
Recommendations

Tailored recommendations on adjustments to overcome an unbalanced or overloaded setup that optimises the balance of your car and caravan. Including the most appropriate suspension options (if required), so you don’t over-invest in unnecessary upgrades.

When you choose our car and caravan weighing services, you'll benefit from:

Why Choose Weigh My Ride For Your Caravan Weighing?

Experience & Expertise:

Receive guidance and towing solutions from a qualified automotive technician, licensed vehicle tester and 4x4 product specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the automotive and outdoor adventure industries, to ensure you are safe, legal and insured when travelling.

State-of-the-Art Technology:

Our calibrated vehicle weighing equipment includes a dedicated tow ball mass scale and individual wheel scales with +/- 1 kg accuracy so that we can review the complete load distribution for the car and caravan (side to side and front to rear) to ensure your cargo load is evenly and safely balanced.

Customer-Centric Approach:

Our commitment to exceptional customer service means we come to you, or meet at a location convenient to you. We pride ourselves on the wealth of knowledge and unbiased recommendations we share with our customers to ensure you receive personalised on-the-spot rectification for your specific setup as part of your assessment.

See what our customers are saying about our caravan weighing service...

Client Testimonials

Shaun Allen
Shaun Allen
06/02/2024
Weigh my ride provided a great service. Returned my call promptly and answered my questions with great knowledge of the towing industry. Was great that they travel around Victoria and came to my home town to complete my weighing. Provided suggestions to fix any issues I had using inexpensive recommendations. Would highly recommend using Weigh My Ride.
Colin Renton
Colin Renton
04/02/2024
Rhys was excellent to deal with and very thorough. He also assisted with an issue with original ARB GVM certification. Worth every cent. Would highly recommend.
Ian McSween
Ian McSween
02/02/2024
A very professional and thorough service by Rhys, who was very knowledgeable and helpful in ensuring compliance of my car and caravan.
Patrick Grady
Patrick Grady
01/02/2024
Couldn’t have been more impressed by the customer service and professionalism. Rhys was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and the final reports/recommendations were easy to follow. Strongly recommend
Ken Ough
Ken Ough
31/01/2024
Great Friendly service, Ryan is very professional and great at explaining as he goes. I highly recommend this service to anyone towing.
Candice
Candice
28/01/2024
Rhys was very knowledgeable and helpful when he came out to weigh our car and caravan. We’ve got the information we wanted to travel safely and would highly recommend Rhys to our friends.
Christine Washusen
Christine Washusen
24/01/2024
Excellent service and advice
Adam Crameri
Adam Crameri
22/01/2024
Rhys was extremely diligent and informative for our assessment. He was more than happy to answer all of our questions and has provided us with comfort on our towing capability. We would highly recommend Rhys!
Greg Thomas
Greg Thomas
20/01/2024
Rhys came to our address weighed the van , took 1.5 hrs which what hesaid it would take m he explained every thing g he did I language I cod relate too He is very professional in his application and approach to his customers
Dennis Compton
Dennis Compton
17/01/2024
A Fantastic service, Rhys was very knowledgeable and very thorough thru the whole process of weighing my vehicle and caravan, i received a detailed report the next day explaining all the results, good and bad. I am so glad i had Ryhs go over my set up and and point me in the right direction to stay safe out there. 110% recommend Weigh My Ride . Dennis

What do all the caravan weighing abbreviations mean?

Caravan Weights Explained

GVM
(Gross Vehicle Mass)

The total weight of a loaded car, including fuel, passengers, cargo, vehicle accessories (tow bar, larger wheels, roof rack, bull bar etc) and the tow ball mass (downwards pressure on the tow ball when the caravan is connected).

GTM
(Gross Trailer Mass)

The weight imposed on the caravan's axle/s when connected to the tow vehicle. This is calculated by subtracting the Tow Ball Mass (TBM) from the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM).

GCM
(Gross Combined Mass)

The maximum allowable combined weight of a car and caravan when fully loaded and connected (GVM + GTM). When calculating GCM, the tow ball mass of the caravan is included in the vehicle GVM.

ATM
(Aggregate Tralier Mass)

The TARE weight plus payload (water, gas, cargo etc) and accessories (solar panels, additional batteries, bike racks etc) of a fully loaded caravan. It is the total downwards mass of the caravan’s axle group and tow ball.

Common questions we're asked about caravan weighing

FAQ's

Towing capacity can be reduced when the vehicle is at its Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) limit. Passengers, cargo, vehicle accessories and Tow Ball Mass (TBM) can quickly absorb the vehicle’s payload. Cars also have Tow Ball Mass (TBM) and axle load limits to consider when loading. Each setup is different, applying weight to various areas of the vehicle. Car and caravan weighing is the only way to identify how close you are to these limits. 

Your towing height – the height of the tow hitch in comparison to the caravan coupling – is of vital importance. If your setup is not at the optimal level, you are at risk of increased vehicle sway. If the tow hitch is too low, the rear of the caravan may be high, possibly causing the caravan to fishtail with reduced rear axle connection to the road. If the tow hitch is too high, the front of the caravan may be too high, possibly causing the ‘tail to wag the dog’ – the caravan will sway the car, with reduced front axle connection to the road. 

Importantly, the Tow Ball Mass (TBM) of the caravan is included in the vehicle GVM. Payload also includes fuel, cargo and vehicle accessories. Cargo can include passengers, car seats, luggage, fridges etc. Vehicle accessories can include tow bar, larger wheels, long range fuel tank, roof rack, bull bar, winch, lights, roof rack, snorkel, drawer systems, additional batteries etc.  

Caravan payload includes anything that was installed post-manufacture, including additional accessories at the time of build/purchase, such as tool boxes, water tanks, batteries, solar panels, bike racks etc. It also includes gas, water in tanks and hot water service, bikes, food, drinks, luggage, crockery, BBQs, hoses, cables etc. 

Pricing starts at $180+gst for a vehicle weigh, and from $270+gst for a car and caravan weigh.

Appointments take approx. 1-1.5 hours, including time to discuss recommendations and results.

On the spot rectifications require extra time and may incur additional fees.

We suggest having your car and caravan packed in a ‘trip ready’ state including full water tanks, gas bottles, food & drink, full tank of fuel in car and typical vehicle cargo etc to ensure you are replicating a fully loaded scenario (you can always remove weight on the day if required). 

The most accurate results are achieved by conducting the weigh on a level, sealed surface (concrete or bitumen). If you have a suitable area at your property, large enough to accommodate the car and caravan when connected, then we can come to you. Alternatively, we can meet at a public carpark that is convenient. i.e. a public car park at a recreation reserve or sporting complex. 

We service Melbourne and regional Victoria with Metro and Yarra Ranges locations serviced weekly. Regional trips are conducted weekly from Tues to Thurs in West Vic, North Vic, North-East Vic and East Vic. We provide upcoming dates on our social media platforms. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Legal

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