Who needs to go on a diet?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:22
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Where do I start?
A friend recently recalled the story of a 4wd being pulled over in a roadside vehicle inspection.
It turns out he is on his way to work, so no "real" weight in the car other than the rooftop tent. Tanks are near empty ect ect.
Turns out he (the 4by) is "overweight". His pride and joy is now on a diet. But what to remove. This is all real important "stuff" he has in the 4by.
So this gets me thinking, "do need to loose some weight"?

Now i'll get to the point.
Just how many people have actually had the 4by weighed? Or is it better to drive on in ignorance?
When I check (roughly) not really a lot to work with 500-700kg depending on vehicle.
Some of the "must have" equipment listed on this site can not be light.

Thoughts please.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:40

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:40
There are some on here that are 800+kgs overweight and thats AFTER the diet....

You would not be suprised to find most would be over when they hit the big tracks on trips..
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:48
I saw the figures for the work utes and they are within 200k of gvm Before anything is put in the back. My 80 comes in at a tick under 3t lightly loaded with only me around 80kg in it. From what i have seen the quoted weights from manafacturers bears no resemblance to the actual weight even before you accesorize
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Follow Up By: Robert Greene - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 16:34

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 16:34
If you take some of the wait out you might not have enough food too go away with to eat at night. Or in the morning.

Or lunch for that matter.

It is always better to be on the safe side.

know what I mean ?
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:37

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:37
I cannot find the Kerb weight of the vehicle either on the manufacturers plates or in any of my manuals. I do, however, believe it is 2500kgs

The GQ's GVM is 2800kgs and that is without any add ons.

Have not weighed it loaded up yet but I would estimate that on our recent trip to WA and Central Australia we would have been running close to 700kg overweight.

My mates GU DX 's GVM is 2960kgs

You need to weigh the add-ons

Towbar
Bull bar
Winch
Spotties
Aerials
Additional Battery
Roofrack
Drawer system
Clothes
Long Range Tank/or jerry cans
Extra fuel
Extra spare casing/wheel
1/2/3/4/5/6. humans @kg average
Then all your other STUFF

So we can be an easy target for authorities who want to make a point of the law.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:29

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:29
Willem.

Being a target is my point. Given our current high profile.
However I would suggest we may be viewed differently once we were outside the city area.
Most travellers are overweight (vehicle ?) but we do bring revenue to the country towns.

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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 20:51

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 20:51
Hello W & J, made it home and back to work! Weather stunning - 10 and 25, clear, windless and sunny. Wildflowers gorgeous - especially at Eyre creek.
You have posed an interesting point about weight and wish we had a Weigh Station here - think it would give endless amusement and total amazement to people if they were to weigh their vehicles after packing for the trip. They'd be horrified I think. We've talked before about 'absoutely necessary gear'.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:38

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:38
LOL a day out sittin at the weighbridge, lookin at the GU/100 etc with the towbar wearing away on the ground..

'na mate she aint over weight'...

the wife
' but I need the hair dryer out here, its only 45 in the shade, my hair will never dry'...

LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:36

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:36
Hi Ruth.

Yes made it back fine even though some of our fellow travellers tried to change that. A story for another time.
I guess timing is everthing out your way. It was nice to see the country side green though.

Is this correct? Weather stunning - 10 and 25. You don't mean minus 10deg C do you? :-)

While in Birdsville I think I saw a couple of those GU/100's Truckster (vic) mentioned.

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Reply By: Kumunara (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:45

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:45
When I was working in Ceduna we drove Range Rovers. We carried a lot of equipment in them and one day one of the blokes from work put one on a wieghbridge (rear wheels only). Showed 1 tonne over GVM with just the rear wheels and no-one sitting in it.

I am carrying a lot in my GU when I travel. I think I prefer to not know. With what I weigh it would almost be over the GVM.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 23:57

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 23:57
Only $25 to put it over a public weighbridge... Load her up, including the trailer if you take one away with you, put the car only on the bridge as the towball weight is included in the vehicle GVM. Next put both truck & trailer on to see if your over your GCM.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 01:32

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 01:32
what a waste of beer money, your local tip will do it for nothing
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:42

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:42
G'day Blue.

Did exactly that with my Jackaroo and camper.
Jack was at max. Camper was at max. Towball weight was at max.
Just two of use travelling mind you.
Figured I had no alternative but to change to a larger vehicle.
Guess what..................new vehicle same problem.
You don't happen to know the GVM for an F250? :-)

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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:43

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:43
You have more carrying capacity in a Jack than a Cruiser or Patrol or F250.

I think it's because of the load capacity of the tyres, rather than the power or "strength" of the vehicle.

The more your vehicle weighs empty, the less load you can carry. Jack is 3-400kg lighter than Cruiser/Patrol, so can carry 3-400kg more stuff and remain legal.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 15:40

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 15:40
Davoe, my local tip(transfer station) charges $29 for a 6x4 trailer @ waterline... Hate to think what they'd charge you if you wasted their time just to get your weights down.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Friday, Jul 29, 2005 at 17:16

Friday, Jul 29, 2005 at 17:16
Kalgoorlie tip is free dumping for all residential waste including oil and they are all to happy to tell you what your vehicle weighs as it only takes 10 seconds.
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