GiGiGoGo 7 – Weighbridge

Start Mileage 479 – End Mileage 494

As we are heading off to Devon and Cornwall once lock down opens up a bit in July, I thought I should check out where we are on the weight front. I’m sure we are well inside but as later on we will be thinking about towing one of our little boats, need to get an idea if we need to up-rate the rear suspension or not.

GiGi was loaded up with a lot of the cooking / chairs / tables / BBQ / sailing gear and various general gubbins

John at Veolia Lymington public weighbridge was super helpful, although he couldn’t understand why they only take cheques for payment either!

Results came in as follows:

3200kg overall

1500kg front – max allowed (I think) is 1850kg

1700kg rear – max allowed (I think) is 2000kg

20kg margin of error on the weighbridge apparently

So what are the main factors to take into account?

  • Full fresh water and no waste water – ok
  • 2/3rds diesel – perhaps add 30kg?
  • No Lesley – add 56kg (rounded up to 60kg) – up front
  • Have pizza oven to add at rear??
  • Food and drink in middle/rear?? 30kg?? a lot of beer, wine and gin…
  • More clothes and other tat 10kg?
  • Possible removable awning – this could be 30-45kg at rear depending on what we get exactly
  • Security stuff and solar panel from VanBitz – picking it up when we head of to Devon 4th July? 30kg?
  • Tow bar – possibly 40kg??
  • 2 x computer gear and ebooks etc 10kg?

All of that comes to approx 1895 on the rear leaving 105kg or so for the nose weight of the boat – it won’t be anywhere near that!

I’m building the boat myself and the trailer as well so I can balance it as perfectly as we need and just have say 25kg of nose weight to help keep it down. Perhaps we won’t need the suspension upgrade?

However as the weight of a lot of the additional kit is a reasonable distance behind the rear wheel, the leverage effect might mean we are closer than we think to the 2000kg rear limit.

We will check it properly again once we have the van fully kitted out as we head off on a bigger trip another time – it is going to be pretty close for towing!

We of course might shed some unwarranted weight once we are settled down though and properly know what we need to take with us – also if towing the boat, we can always put the sailing gear in the trailer taking weight off the rear axle.


GiGiGoGo 6 – 2020-06-20. Wanderings

Start Mileage 240 – End Mileage 479

Getting closer to going away properly early July if the Government relaxes the covid rules as expected (hoped for at least).

Loaded up and wandered up to Aldershot to call past work briefly.

We’ve got the fuel pecker card through the caravan club so as we need to fill up used the PetrolPrices app to find a nearby Esso or Shell.

Happy days, one just down the road – slightly different to use it as the card is swiped not PIN protected it seems and then you sign. I signed it without being checked – has Lesley’s signature on the card anyway.

Turns out the receipt also doesn’t show the actual price paid – we’ll see when the cost gets taken from the bank in a few days.

Brimmed the tank and mileage shows as 240 and the trip computer is saying around 24 mpg – this has slowly gone up fromĀ  22 mpg when we got her so the engine is loosening up a little I expect.

We’ll brim it again after a while and see what we are really getting. I’m also not sure of the tank size – I think they might be the smaller 60 litres option in the motorhome conversions to help keep the weight down? Usually 90 litres I think? We will find out.

52.54 litres – normall price around 111p/litre, so we should save 4p a litre I think so a couple of pounds off hopefully.

Lovey trip to see friends based outside High Wycombe, it really is easy to drive.

Had a few too many beers to drive back so for safety stayed there before heading off to Woodstock to meet with sister in law and husband for a walk and catch up.

The bed is amazing – incredibly comfortable. It has sprung slats with a memory foam mattress and is honestly as good as any bed you would have at home. This is coming from someone with long term neck and back problems – seriously a fantastic bed.

The whole leaving it made up and dropping it from the roof is simply a joy. Press 2 buttons and there it is.

Hammered down with rain overnight so noisy but with the blinds keeping the light out very well, a super nights sleep. Beer might have helped…

Away trips are going to be a breeze.

Lovely walk around the edge of Blenheim Palace using the AllTrails app – this is proving really handy and will get a lot of use I am sure.

We came across a field with a number of massive teasal plants in them – around 6ft or 1.8m tall!

teasel - dispacus fullonum

Managed to avoid the rain showers and had some tea and cake an tested the new chairs again – Kampa Skipper reclining chairs with detachable foot stools are the business.

As soon as we headed back and it hammered down intermittently but still, driving is easy and it was clear by the time we got back…


GiGiGoGo 5 – 2020-06-14 Landford Walk

Start Mileage 198 - End MileageĀ 

Lovely day and starting to feel less than totally crap and able to breath again, so we decided to head out for a short walk.

Loaded up G4 and headed to Landford – a little village in the north of Hampshire after we found a walk in the AllTrails app – this looks really useful and can’t believe we have never come across this before.

The new Rhino security post across the drive entrance is working very well – it hides away nicely in the ground and is clearly built like a brick shithouse – that is really not going anywhere.

We had the fridge/freezer on overnight plugged in to the mains – I have to say it is amazingly good. We will have no worries keeping frozen food in there (mainly ice for G&T of course) and it is massive. Along with all the other storage in G4 we will never have any problems keeping supplies stocked up.