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March 2018


Weightcheck scales in action

Weightcheck's mobile weighing service in action

Shock after buying overweight 'van

Businessman Dave scales new heights with mobile caravan weighing service

By Dennis Amor
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BRISBANE-based businessman Dave Lewis is  lifting the weight off the shoulders of caravanners in his attempt to improve their safety.

And he is hoping to scale new heights with his latest venture, a mobile caravan weighing company which he launched after buying a new caravan and discovering he had become one of the staggering 70 percent of owners with overweight caravans.

"I started researching the whole caravan weight issue and was shocked at what I found," he told Caravanning News.

His fledgling company, Weightcheck, is about road safety and improving public awareness of the dangers of overweight caravans.

"In order to do this we had to make the process easier ... why not take the weighbridge to the caravan, not the caravan to the weighbridge," he said.

"This was the logical answer. Weighbridges are few and far between, and this is one of the main reasons owners are reluctant to check their weights."

The company has now completed over 70 weighing procedures, with more and more enquiries every week.

Weightcheck's Mr Lewis tackles another weighing procedure

Mr Lewis tackles another weighing procedure

The report provides details on the overall weight of  a caravan, including figures for each wheel and axle, together with the towball weight, and is provided as a guide to determine if the caravan is weight compliant.

Mr Lewis said this formed the bulk of his business.

"But we have noticed now that more of our clients are requesting both the caravan and the tow vehicle be weighed," he explained.

"This provides the owner with all the weights they need to ensure the caravan and tow vehicle are under their respective weight limits.

"We provide the Gross Trailer Mass (GTM) Towball Mass (TBM) Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of the caravan and the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the tow vehicle , and the GCM of the whole rig."

Weightcheck has also provided reports to caravan repairers and service companies, mainly for warranty claims.

"We are currently in talks with a large caravan dealer in Brisbane to provide weight reports for their trade in caravans and their repair and service business," Mr Lewis said.

"And also with the National Measurement Institute in Canberra, the government body that oversees anything to do with weights and measures in Australia.

"They have been very supportive of our endeavours and provided great advice on the best practice for of our business.

"We have also had discussions with Queensland Transport and are now able to issue weight tickets for registration purposes. These documents are different to our weight reports and are purely for the purpose of registration, similar to Public Weighbridge Dockets."

More than 50 percent of caravans weighed by his company have been overweight and Mr Lewis said the majority had been genuinely concerned about this.

"The biggest discrepancies we have seen so far  ̶  618kg and 419kg  ̶  were on single axle caravans," he explained.

"We have also seen a couple of rigs that have recorded overweight combination masses. They have been large caravans with ATMs of around 3500kg being towed by dual cab utes that have GCMs of 6000kg, the highest being 200kg over the GCM.

Mr Lewis said the company's business model centred around making the process of checking the weights easy and accessible to every caravan owner, by taking the weighbridge to the caravan and not the caravan to the weighbridge.

"Feedback from our customers has been absolutely amazing," he said.

"Although they might not like the results we give them sometimes, if their 'van is overweight they are grateful that they now can make rectifications to ensure they are compliant.

"The most commonly worded phase we hear is 'I just wanted to get it checked for my peace of mind '.

"At the end of the day if the caravan is overweight it's not the end of the world because there are many ways to correct the problem."

The cost of weighing a caravan in the Brisbane metropolitan area is $150 and $200 for a tow vehicle and caravan. The fee is higher for areas such as the Gold and Sunshine coasts.


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