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Ross Floyd
9-Oct-09, 09:34 AM
I am building a hover on trailer and need to check the weight - it isn't road legal yet -

I've found three bathroom scales and put one under each wheel - results as follows:

Nose: 30 kgs
Left main: 108 kg
Right main: 130 kg ( this was higher than the other side )

The total weight 268 kgs.

I've got a nasty feeling that there is a flaw in my logic but can't see what it might be -

any advice of a polite nature welcome ....

Ross

John Robertson
9-Oct-09, 09:49 AM
........... I've got a nasty feeling that there is a flaw in my logic but can't see what it might be...

There is no flaw provided the trailer is kept at the same height and not moved between the various checks (for ultimate accuracy, block the three points up with something the same thickness as the scales and remove it at each point when measuring that point). Alternatively, tow it to your local weighbridge and pay 2-3 :)

Winst
9-Oct-09, 11:13 AM
Alternatively, tow it to your local weighbridge and pay 2-3 :)

As long as it's road worthy and legal!!!!!!!!! ;)

gaz
9-Oct-09, 03:29 PM
As long as it's road worthy and legal!!!!!!!!! ;)


as if :D

Paul Fitz
9-Oct-09, 04:59 PM
any advice of a polite nature welcome ....Ross

You may want to adjust the noseweight depending on the towing vehicle. My transit van required 70Kg on the hitch or it chattered constantly due to the stiff springs.

Adjust the load to keep the axle weight as even as possible and always with less than 10% difference.

Getting the weight distribution wrong can make you look stupid. No insult intended :o)

lewend4439
10-Oct-09, 09:39 PM
Nothing wrong with the plan, and doesn't matter how unlevel the trailer is, as you are using 3 sets of scales, therefore the total load is simply a sum of the 3 readings.