Van Data and Payloads
It’s always important to understand exactly how much you can carry in your campervan, as overloading your vehicle can be dangerous and is of course illegal.
All vehicle manufacturers publish a variety of weights and payload information for their vehicles and they are usually described as follows:
- Gross Vehicle Weight – the overall maximum weight the vehicle can be without a trailer.
- Gross Train Weight – the overall maximum weight the vehicle can be with a trailer.
- Unladen Weight – the weight of the manufactured standard vehicle without any options & extras and before it’s converted into a campervan. This Unladen Weight figure includes the driver (assumed at 75kg) and a full tank of fuel, but no passengers.
- Payload – the maximum weight that can be carried in the vehicle. Basically this is the Gross Vehicle Weight less the Unladen Weight.
With the VW Transporter T6 and T5 each vehicle also has a separate number after the letter T which denotes its Gross Vehicle Weight – so a T30 has a maximum weight of 3000kg and a T32 a maximum weight of 3200kg.
How We Calculate Our Payloads
All our calculations are based upon our standard Tiree, Taransay, Cromarty, Sanna and Jura conversions and the overall weight of each of these is the total of the original Unladen Weight, published by Volkswagen, plus the extra weight that we add on when converting the van.
In addition to this extra conversion weight, it is required under European legislation, that when publishing payload figures we must also include the weight of the following items in our final sums – basically these are must haves for your campervan to be used for what it’s been designed!
- Full tank of fresh water – based upon 38 litres
- Two full LPG Propane 3.9kg canisters
- 230v mains lead – 10 metres
Remember that any additional VW factory vehicle options, as well as any other internal conversion options that you choose on your base vehicle, can of course add to the overall weight and thus reduce your overall payload, however, as an average passenger is around 75kg, then even with three or four passengers you will still have a considerable payload to take everything you’ll need for your trips away!
For our T6 payloads pdf just click on the link below – it covers the weights of differing engines, wheel bases and heights.