Everything you pack weighs something
Once you have determined how much you can pack, or your payload, you need to weigh everything you load into your caravan. This includes water, gas, crockery, mattresses, TV, clothes, food and drink – everything that is additional to the tare mass of your caravan, plus everything you have packed.
It is both unsafe and illegal to overload your caravan, so it is important to know exactly how much you can pack and make sure that you do not exceed any of the four carrying capacity criteria.
You must also consider the extra weight you may accumulate while travelling, such as your grey water tank, cassette toilet waste and other items you have picked up along the way. Make sure you leave enough space so your caravan does not become overweight during the trip.
Don't overload your caravan
This table shows example weights of various items that may be part of a caravan’s payload along with the caravan’s tare and maximum carrying capacity to demonstrate how to measure the safe carrying capacity.
|What can you pack ?|
Maximum carrying capacity: 2500kg
Caravan TARE: 2100kg
Total tow capacity: 2500kg
Caravan tare: 2100kg
Maximum pack weight: 400kg
What you pack, or your payload, must not exceed the lowest tow capacity of your towbar, towing vehicle, tyre capacity or caravan ATM
Awning = 30kg
Luggage = 30kg
Total = 472kg (72kg overweight)
Make sure that the heaviest items are packed low and centred over the caravan’s wheel axles and the lightest items are packed up high and distributed across the vehicle. This will help to reduce the occurrence of ‘snaking’ or ‘swaying’ of your caravan when driving.