caravan ball weight

Submitted: Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 21:00
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Hi Guys
We are thinking of moving up to a poptop caravan around 15 to 16 ft.
We will also being looking at trading the Forester in for something like a Santa Fe or Sorento. My concern is, would the ball weight of, say, a 2000/2003 Jayco poptop be more than the 150kg limit (of these 2 SUV's)
Many thanks

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Reply By: Nutta - Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 22:45

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 22:45
Ive got a 17ft van and to my surprise the ball weight must be around 180 plus kilos so i have some shuffling inside to do.

At a guess i think you may be pushing the limit at 150kg, it may be possible with some weight juggling in the van though.

Hopefully someone else has a similar size van and can suggest what the ball weight may be.

Good luck.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 23:10

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 23:10
hi brian
it may be better to go on a caravan forum and enquire as they will be no doubt that several owner will have that model and will be able to give first hand imfo
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian R (WA) - Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 23:44

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 23:44
Thanks guys
I will try and take a look at one of the caravan forums. I realise that I can move things about, but, would like to start off with an empty van that has the right balance
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:45

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:45
The whole idea is to have a loaded van with the right balance, forget about the starting balance because unless you are always going to travel unloaded "as purchased" with no water in the tanks etc the starting doesn't mean a thing.

You want it to be well under the towball weight limit before hand so you have flexibility and options in loading it before you begin the whole process.


Ross M
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 20:51

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 20:51
Hi Brian - check out a small twin axle van - load is spread a bit. Prior to purchase ask for a weigh bridge ticket for the tow ball weight - remember any ball weight figure stamped on the compliance is 'un-loaded' weight and from experience is not always accurate anyway. Vans with the wheels set well back while great to tow generally have a high ball weight.
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