Tips on understanding your caravan weight

Wondering why your caravan weight is different to what’s specified on the vehicle plate? CIA Victoria is here to help with some handy hints on understanding your caravan weight.

Caravan manufacturers weigh the caravan when it is empty, that means no water, no gas, no food and no luggage, this is your caravan tare weight. When you buy a caravan from a dealership, they may offer you extras such as solar panels, water tanks or jerry cans, these items will affect the tare weight. It is therefore important to understand that the weight as weighed by the caravan manufacturer, and the actual physical weight of the caravan is going to vary, so those aftermarket items actually take up your payload in your caravan.

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