We hear you wondering, "why would I pay Take A Weigh for a service that I can get for free at a public weighbridge?"
Well, they're not quite the same thing. Here's why:
1. Accuracy. Public weighbridges are designed for trucks and usually weigh in 20kg increments. This rounding is fine for a truckload of gravel but if your caravan is close to it's maximum weight it could mean unnecessarily going without a bbq or even a slab or 2 of beer. Our mobile weighbridge weighs in 1 kg increments and is regularly calibrated.
2. Axle Weights. Your tow vehicle and trailer can be overweight in 7 different areas and one of the key areas is the rear axle. If you're using a single pad weighbridge this is almost impossible to get a read on,
3. Pre delivery weighing. If you were to Google "what should I check before buying a new van, camper or trailer?" you will invariably be advised to "have it weighed on the day of pick up". This is simply because every gas bottle, jerry holder, and toolbox added to the trailer since it rolled off the line has added mass and reduced what you can pack into it. Imagine spending $80,000 on a new caravan and finding that you can only pack 150kg of gear into it before exceeding it's allowable gross weight? This happens. Alas, very few vendors have scales and they're not always that excited for you to tow their rig for an hour through traffic to a dusty waste station weighbridge. We work with vendors, dealers and buyers around Sydney to complete a pre purchase weigh at the vendors preferred location to ensure you're not buying more than you bargained for.
4. Flexible Location. Lets face it, it's never a relaxing or pleasant experience towing your rig to the local tip for some caravan weighing. Plus if it's your first caravan and you're already feeling apprehensive about towing, there is nothing more daunting than having to tow your potentially overweight rig to and from the weighbridge in Sydney's traffic and holding up a bunch of trucks while you do it.
5. Balance. Weighbridges weigh with 1 to 2 weigh pads. We use a pad under each wheel/axle of the vehicle/ trailer. This allows the owner to obtain a balance across their load by shifting weight from front to back or side to side.
My name's Rowly and in 2020 my family concluded our big Aussie lap with a 3 tonne van and 2 toddlers in tow. Boy did we hate that wobbly feeling when the wind blew in the wrong direction. We also hated the uncertainty of how much water, recovery gear, racks, beer or rods we could add to the rig.
When buying our van I didn't see the value of a professional weighing service, I could even be quoted as saying "I'll just take it over the bridge down at the tip and jot the numbers down". Then after being confused by the numbers of 2 weighbridge visits I was literally pleading for someone to give me a green tick for GVM, GCM, ATM, GTM, Towball and axle weights... and what do these even mean?!
Now we've "downgraded" to a camper (which was 70kg overweight) and for almost 2 years I've been helping people to understand the 7 points that weight can make their towing combination unroadworthy. We've weighed over 500 vehicles, trailers, boats, generators, trucks and trolleys around Sydney and are ready to get you on the scales!