Hi being new to Caravanning do we need to buy a Weight Gauge? so many times have read about it in the Caravan Book Wonder if any of you can help and what sort of one do i need to buy? to check our Caravan is the correct weight loaded ::)
For peace of mind in your early days of caravanning, it would be wise to weigh the nose weight and adjust the load accordingly. However, after a few trips, one gets to know whether it is correctly loaded and towing nicely or not. generally speaking, once you have achieved the correct load, it is a case of remembering what you took with you and where it went.
If there are only the two of you, you can put heavy things like awnings in the car along with kitchen sinks, full size fridge freezers, washing machines and microwaves (only joking about the last four items, but we did see a British car roll up to a pitch in the south of France and unload just such items). If you are prone to taking a load of lovely wine and the like with you, put these in a folding basket in the car as they are heavy and eat into the caravan payload. It is a case of thinking, what do I really need rather than want or to take "just in case" and putting what you can in the car rather than the caravan to keep the caravan as light as possible.
If you do want to get a noseweight gauge, look at www.towsure.com and look at their on line catalogue, page 33, bottom right hand corner. There is a selection of gauges there. There are other suppliers but that is the one which springs to mind.
When we first started, we used a ordinary set of bathroom scales. A piece of wood was put the scales up to the A Frame. The jockey wheel was raised putting the weight on the scales and giving us the nose weight. We now have it down to a T and no longer weigh it.
We've used a proprietry towball guage but now use the bathroom scales method. We check it every few trips just to make sure we aren't getting lax. Better to be safe than sorry. ;D We also took Lili to the public weighbridge last year and, thinking she was only lightly loaded, were shocked to find she was exactly on her MTPLM?
Denise and Him (that's Tim, or Mothy, LOL) Lili the Swift Corniche 12/2 + Honda CRV