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5 Tips for Measuring Weights on a Weighbridge

5 Tips for Measuring Weights on a Weighbridge
November 17, 2016 Maddington Nissan

5 Tips for Measuring Weights on a Weighbridge

If you’re using a Nissan Patrol cab chassis 2016 ute, the chances are you may be doing some serious hauling. The Nissan Patrol is built to handle everything you can throw at it, but even the Patrol can be overloaded. When a vehicle is overloaded, you can increase your fuel bill, reduce your handling and braking ability and cause severe damage. No-one wants to lose money and cause accidents, so it’s a good idea to use a weighbridge. If you’ve never used a weighbridge before you may feel a little intimidated, don’t it’s quite a simple process if you follow these simple tips.

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1. Find the Closest Public Weighbridge

There are more than 250 public weighbridges available for use in Australia. Check out the National Measurement Institute website for a detailed listing of locations. Before you begin, it is advisable to consider mass and weight as meaning the same thing in this context.

2. Measuring the Tare Mass, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and Kerb Mass

Tare Mass is the weight of your vehicle when empty; Gross Vehicle Mass is the maximum weight allowed when loaded and Kerb Mass is an empty vehicle with a full tank of fuel. To find these figures drive onto the weighbridge, stop when all your wheels are on the deck and record the weight. If you’re towing a trailer, the Tow Ball Download (TBD) needs to be included in the GVM of the towing vehicle.

3. Measuring the Gross Vehicle Axle Mass

The Gross Vehicle Axle Mass is the maximum weight that is allowed on your front and rear axles. On a single deck weighbridge, you drive onto the deck and stop the vehicle when the front wheels are on the scale to record the weight. Then drive forward and repeat the process for the rear wheel. If you’re using a multi-deck weighbridge, just drive on and straddle both decks to record the front and rear axle weights simultaneously.

4. Measure the Tare Trailer Mass (TARE) and the Gross Trailer Mass (GTM)

The Tare Trailer Mass is the weight of a towed trailer when it is empty. The Gross Trailer Mass is the maximum weight allowed on the axle of the trailer. To find these weights, tow the trailer onto the weighbridge, wind down the support wheel and disconnect it from your vehicle. The support wheel needs to be on the same deck as the trailer, and the towing vehicle needs to be off the deck completely. Once this is done, you can accurately record the weight of the TARE or the GTM as required.

5. Measuring the Tow Bar Download (TBD)

The TBD is the amount of vertical weight that is being applied to your tow bar. Drive the towing vehicle onto the deck and position it with the trailer on a separate deck. Then you can record the weight of the towing vehicle. Once this is done, disconnect the trailer and record the weight again for the towing vehicle only. The difference between these two figures will give your the TBD weight.

If you’re interested in a tough ute for work, the Nissan Patrol cab chassis 2016 will fit the bill. Here at Maddington Nissan, we have a wide variety of new and used cars, including the Nissan Patrol cab chassis for sale. We would like you to join us for a no obligation test drive at your earliest convenience. Our sales team is ready to answer any remaining questions you may have.