Quick poll on weight of gear carried

Submitted: Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:15
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Another quick poll.
Assuming you have full water tanks, how much would your van weigh above its ORIGINAL tare weight? Is it 200 kg, 300 kg, 400 kg? Trying to get some feel for the total weight of gear carried by the average BOGGER?
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Reply By: Silver Fox - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 00:40

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 00:40
I work on one litre of water or fuel equals one kilo. When I got home from delivery I put bathroom scales at the door and every thing which went into the BT got weighed. (I just subtracted my svelt self) I was anal then but I got a very acurate indication of just what I was doing to the tare. One should really get a weigh bridge cert' when loaded for a trip. Try a search of threads for others experiences. cheers
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Reply By: F Troop - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 02:51

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 02:51
Hi Rick,
Van came out of BT 20ft with a plate weight of 2740kg true, I was there when weighed.
She is now almost always about 3.5 to 3.8 standard tow weight around the Blacktop ( we travel for 6 to 8 month's a year ) but she can increese to 4.3 if going bush for 6 weeks remote area Fishing extra fuel / water / food / booze.

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Follow Up By: The BrakeAways - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:13

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:13
Was the 2740 kg with full water tanks or empty? Seems heavy for a 20 footer if that's the tare (plate) weight??
Since my tug is rated to 3.5 tonnes, I can see some hard decisions coming up as to whether to leave the water behind or the beer/wine cellar! Wife has already said she's not going to be left behind so that's not an option!
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Follow Up By: F Troop - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:33

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:33
Hi Rick,
It was a mistake, 2680 is on the plate I just went and had a look, I was working from memory.
That is the weight of your BT for rejo, Gas bottles 2x full, spair tyres, empty water tanks, contents etc, they usualy take them to be weighed just before you pick up.
As mentioned before use 1 kg for 1 lt when guaging water and use about 80 kg per tank.
When traveling between easy water, I cary 1 x Pottable and 1.5 non potable, this would last about 2 maybe 3 showers each plus washing up etc.not being to frugal.
you will soon decide whitch tanks you want to fill for balance ( over axel or behind )

The only thing you can bank on with a BT is it will get heavy. most of us are on limits.

PS this is why Ftucks are so popular
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Reply By: Cargra - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:38

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 03:38
Hi Rick,

Our 19ft is plated a little over 2600kg but have added a large box on drawbar and another under rear so I guess it would be around 2675 tare and fully loaded for remote escape with all 5 water tanks full, 4 full jerry cans, outboard (associated boating gear) genny and chainsaw we are up to 4000kg.
Hard to jettison any of it, lots of luck deciding

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Reply By: Ski Ali - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 08:36

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 08:36
G'day Rick
Val and I picked up our 19' BT last September. Tare 2600 kg. We have 4 water tanks and 3 jerry cans on the front. With these full our weight will be around the 3000kg. We then have to put in alI of the extras,
I have had the van weighed (rush hour on the weighbridge) but am not happy with the result as I had the van floating on the tow pin. That is I did not disconnect it fully. At this time I did not have the jerry cans full. but had all of our clothes, cooking utensils some tucker etc in the van but no genny, chainsaw etc, Weight was 3380 kg. Add to this the fuel (60kg) and we are close to the limit of the cruiser. I intend to get the van weighed correctly before our next trip in May.
Regards Col.
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Reply By: Black Cobra - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 11:23

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 11:23
21' BT Tare 2900kg fully loaded for trip 4000kg.

This includes 6 water tank, 4 20 litre jerry cans, geny and all the gear.

F250 fully loaded for trip 4500kg
including two fridges, 270 ltrs diesel, 50 litres water, two people, recovery gear etc etc.

Total wieght 8500kg ( Thats why I had to get a F truck) can go up to 9071 kg legally.

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Reply By: Innkeepers - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:06

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:06
Hi Rick & Julie,
We have an 18' with 4 tanks and 2 jerry cans and 2 gas bottles....tare is 2360kg.....with everything full and all the food and grog aboard..the usual Honda Eu20i and chainsaw...comes in handy for massacres....

Over the Armidale weighbridge we went 3400kg......we have the 4000kg suspension arms with a 3500kg spring pack.

One less sleep you guys....
Rick & Julie
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Reply By: The BrakeAways - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:37

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:37
Thanks to the many replies on the forum.
Thanks also to those who have replied to me via member msg.
Sounds like many BOGGERS struggle to stay under 3.5 tonnes when off to somewhere remote for any length of time; some responses up to 4.5 tonnes!
Several don't want to go "public" about being over 3.5 tonnes, since they are towing with 3.5 tonne rated vehicles.
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