Why use a weighbridge?
There are many reasons to use a weighbridge, including safety, insurance, registration compliance and performance. It’s essential to ensure that your vehicle and tow aren’t overweight and are safe to be on the road. The Transport Department is becoming increasingly vigilant with vehicle weight checks, handing out hefty fines and even impounding vehicles that don’t meet requirements. If your vehicle is in an accident and exceeds its maximum weight limit, there’s a good chance that your insurance provider will reject your claim regardless of whether you’re the one at fault.
If you have modified your vehicle, use the weighbridge to check what affects your upgrades or downgrades have had on your vehicle, caravan or trailer.
Have an upcoming track day or need to know what your power to weight ratio is? Come down to our public weighbridge in Melbourne and get the figures you need.
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Understanding the weight of your campervan, caravan or trailer is essential for any owner, for safety, security, and to avoid penalties. The maximum allowable ATM will have been set by your vehicle manufacturer and stamped on the compliance plate.
If you’re wondering how much your caravan or camper trailer weighs, using a public weighbridge is the easy solution to finding out. For a used caravan, it’s best to weigh it before you buy it as it may have been modified or had additional equipment fitted after manufacture which could affect its maximum weight and carrying capacity. For a new van, weighing before you buy is also preferred, especially if you’ve added special features or equipment that could affect its total weight and what you can carry.
We recommend that while at the weighbridge, Melbourne vehicle owners consider at least four important weights: Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM), Gross Trailer Mass (GTM), Tare and Tow Ball Maximum. The ATM is the most that your caravan can weigh, with everything in and on it while unhitched. It’s the maximum weight that each wheel and the jockey wheel impose on the ground all added together.