Just to make clear. There is absolutely no need to get you 3.5 tonne van re-pleated. The purpose of weighing both axels is so that YOU know that after your conversion and following svtechs (youtube) advice you will not exceed the maximum permissible weight on either axel and overall. other post are correct in that it is not within the DVLA's remit to checks these (although there are boxes for recording these on the v5C, but seldom used) It is the police, DVSA and Vosa who pull you over and dish out lovely fat fines. The DVLA know that 80% (their figures) campers/motorhomes and self conversions are over and their buddies at the DVSA are on the 'look out'. worse now that there are even more WIMS systems being rolled out throughout the country. You will be showing yourself as a responsible 'self converter' if you make a point to DVSA that you have checked your weights after conversions and tell them that it include full tank of fuel driver and passenger (if applicable). Good advise from JJturner.Thanks for the prompt reply.
Why do you have to pay local councils for a weight, when it costs them absolutelynothing to provide such a service? Total rip off. especially when you consider we pay council tax. Try large scale arable farms they often have weigh bridges and they will probably allow you to weigh for free as long as you ask nicely before hand.Local councils will have public weighbridges and quite often metal recycling centers will. You have to pay at both to get a weight (my last one was £10+vat).
If you live in the sticks there may even be free to use weighbridges that are publicly accessible, but they are rare.
Try this link https://www.gov.uk/find-weighbridge but quite a lot of councils make it hard to find so try Google.
If they don't mind, getting a single axle weight and a total weight is good, then you can calculate the other axle.
There is no requirement to prove your weight.Near me I have a skip company that let me use the weigh bridge for free. Next to them is a metal scrapyard that also I can use for free. Do I need some official paperwork to prove my weight or can I record it myself?
Hiya there is nothing official you have to send them but it might just help portray you as a responsible self convertor if you do, it shows that you have thought about it and that like them you are aware of the weight problems that are associated with camper van conversions. so many people just ignore quite an important aspect. DVLA is not responsible for ensuring you are no over permitted axel weights, but DVSA are. don't give them the opportunity. just tick all the boxes that are need with the DVLA guidelines and throw them a few curve balls. it can only help.having no knowledge of the procedure of reclassifying a van and with the stupid hoops the DVLA is making us jump through, I thought I would need something ‘official’ to send them. I’m glad I joined this forum.
Now you have the axle weights you can adjust your tyre pressures accordingly.Had the Campervan on the weigh bridge this morning. It came in at 3180kg. I have a full tank of diesel and about 70 litre of water. Gas is 75% full. Most of the food is packed in the van. I didn’t add the awning as I was a little nervous about going over. With the awning extra bits water fill up and gas And my dear wife I’m under 330kg. This has been playing on my mind for quite a while and I’m glad I’m legal.