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Not sure if this is posted elsewhere.

As of March 9 2023 a Queensland registered tow vehicle GCM rating can be re rated if modifications have been carried out on the tow vehicle.

Please have a look at the following publication.

 

https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/queensland-code-of-practice-vehicle-modifications-qcop/resource/cc94c072-96d8-4b67-a3b2-0aa9433aea4f?inner_span=True

If unsuccessful then Google LS16 GCM rerating Qld

 

I have had a quick look over the document, government documents are never very easy to understand, others may have a better understanding of the document then myself.

From what I can see if you have had a GVM upgrade on your tow vehicle you will be able to increase the GCM to the same value as the new GVM.

It looks like the new regulations are retrospective, not sure on this, unless it only applies to pre registered vehicles,so have a look and please comment.

 

 

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Cindy wrote an article on this a week or so back on website.

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Do you have a link please?

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Do you have a link please?


 I don't but I'm sure another member may be able to put it up, or PM Cindy.



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I am surprised this post has not triggered a few comments at the least.



I do not know who Cindy is and I have searched and cannot find her past post.

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Cindy is the administrator, her post is probably in the home page.



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Farmhouse wrote:

I am surprised this post has not triggered a few comments at the least.

I do not know who Cindy is and I have searched and cannot find her past post.


 One of the more salent points is that the vehicle must have a full ladder-chassis. None of these dreamer's machines with monocoque construction and the like. Hope this helps but all relevant information is easily found. Cheers

 

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I think this might be the link that some are seeking

https://www.thegreynomads.com.au/towing-9/?fbclid=IwAR3p6zHk1b9wM9YzlmEsw4PqjvpIJjXk2LW7jL4zgNZMgZzExd6UcjaxrtU

 

the comments at the bottom of the article are interesting to say the least. biggrin



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Thanks RickJ and vobarr, this is what I was looking for.

Looks like the re rating is only applicable to light vehicles such as utes and light trucks.



Unfortunately our Mux misses out on the upgrade. Pedders are researching atm and will give me an answer soon.


Thanks for the links.



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Farmhouse wrote:

Thanks RickJ and vobarr, this is what I was looking for.

Looks like the re rating is only applicable to light vehicles such as utes and light trucks.

Unfortunately our Mux misses out on the upgrade. Pedders are researching  ATM and will give me an answer soon.

Thanks for the links.


 Just a bit of advice. Wonder what you mean when you say that Pedders are "researching ATM" as ATM refers to trailers/caravans.

Recent model MUXs have a tow rating of 3500kg, but no one in their right mind would even dream of hooking up a 3500kg PIG trailer to an MUX.

Don't have exact figures on me at moment, but. seem to recall that an MUX is out of its depth towing much more than 2800kg as a PIG trailer.  

Unfortunately the vast majority of nembers here have NO idea how tow ratings are calculated. 3500kg behind an MUX?

Tell'em they're dreamin'. Cheers



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yobarr wrote:
Farmhouse wrote:

Thanks RickJ and vobarr, this is what I was looking for.

Looks like the re rating is only applicable to light vehicles such as utes and light trucks.

Unfortunately our Mux misses out on the upgrade. Pedders are researching  ATM and will give me an answer soon.

Thanks for the links.


 Just a bit of advice. Wonder what you mean when you say that Pedders are "researching ATM" as ATM refers to trailers/caravans.

Recent model MUXs have a tow rating of 3500kg, but no one in their right mind would even dream of hooking up a 3500kg PIG trailer to an MUX.

Don't have exact figures on me at moment, but. seem to recall that an MUX is out of its depth towing much more than 2800kg as a PIG trailer.  

Unfortunately the vast majority of nembers here have NO idea how tow ratings are calculated. 3500kg behind an MUX?

Tell'em they're dreamin'. Cheers


  "Tow Ratings " by Manufacturers refer to "Towing" (or "pulling" in simple terms)  ......not to "Carrying some of the load and Towing the rest" (as per a Pig Trailer/Caravan) there is a BIG difference.



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KJB wrote:

  "Tow Ratings " by Manufacturers refer to "Towing" (or "pulling" in simple terms)  ......not to "Carrying some of the load and Towing the rest" (as per a Pig Trailer/Caravan) there is a BIG difference.


 That is correct Kerry, and I have explained this in great detail in several earlier threads.

In my view this is a deceptive and dishonest way of issuing tow ratings, leading to owners of the popular twin-cabs and other unsuitable vehicles like LC200s thinking that they can safely tow 3500kg PIG trailers (caravans). They can't. Cheers



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yobarr ATM also short for AT THE MOMENT sorry for the confusion.

Also our Mux is my15 so tow capacity is 3000kg.

With our GVM upgrade and air bags fitted I have no problem towing 3000kg.

Slotted rotars up front with Kevlar pads will also stop our setup.

Also tow ratings refer to tow bar towing capacity not vehicle towing capacity. 

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lol whats a mux?



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Farmhouse wrote:

yobarr ATM also short for AT THE MOMENT sorry for the confusion.

Also our Mux is my15 so tow capacity is 3000kg.

With our GVM upgrade and air bags fitted I have no problem towing 3000kg.

Slotted rotars up front with Kevlar pads will also stop our setup.

Also tow ratings refer to tow bar towing capacity not vehicle towing capacity. 

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 Oh dear Glenn, you are terribly confused. Tow ratings refer to the legal, but not necessarily safe, limit of the vehicle's ability to tow a trailer. It is generally accepted, and simple physics, that the towball weight should be at least 10% of the towed vehicle's ATM. This means that if your MUX is towing a 3000kg ATM van, your towball weight should be at least 300kg.. Because of your 1075mm TBO ( towball overhang, or distance from rear axle to hitch point) the actual weight applied to your car's rear is around 400kg (+/-) . Your car has a rear axle weight at TARE of at least 1080kg, so applying 400kg to the rear axle increases that weight to 1480kg. Rear axle capacity is only 1600kg, but tare is weight of the car with NO driver,     NO passengers, NO luggage, NO spares, NO weight of actual towing structure, so NO HOPE. Your GVM upgrade, as always, is virtually a waste of money because your rear axle carrying capacity increases to only 1650kg. A HUGE 50kg! Why bother? However, if you do have that GVM upgrade you can now safely tow your 3000kg ATM van, ONLY assuming GCM upgrade which I doubt you'd have? Could you please supply all figures from your GVM upgrade so that I can give advice? Cheers



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lol whats a mux?


 Isuzu MUX, a good LIGHTWEIGHT car with same engine as Isuzu DMax, I believe. Good to tow up to about 2700kg ATM van. cheers



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yobarr ATM also short for AT THE MOMENT sorry for the confusion.

Also our Mux is my15 so tow capacity is 3000kg.

With our GVM upgrade and air bags fitted I have no problem towing 3000kg.

Slotted rotars up front with Kevlar pads will also stop our setup.

Also tow ratings refer to tow bar towing capacity not vehicle towing capacity. 

Cheers


 Oh dear Glenn, you are terribly confused. Tow ratings refer to the legal, but not necessarily safe, limit of the vehicle's ability to tow a trailer. It is generally accepted, and simple physics, that the towball weight should be at least 10% of the towed vehicle's ATM. This means that if your MUX is towing a 3000kg ATM van, your towball weight should be at least 300kg.. Because of your 1075mm TBO ( towball overhang, or distance from rear axle to hitch point) the actual weight applied to your car's rear is around 400kg (+/-) . Your car has a rear axle weight at TARE of at least 1080kg, so applying 400kg to the rear axle increases that weight to 1480kg. Rear axle capacity is only 1600kg, but tare is weight of the car with NO driver,     NO passengers, NO luggage, NO spares, NO weight of actual towing structure, so NO HOPE. Your GVM upgrade, as always, is virtually a waste of money because your rear axle carrying capacity increases to only 1650kg. A HUGE 50kg! Why bother? However, if you do have that GVM upgrade you can now safely tow your 3000kg ATM van, ONLY assuming GCM upgrade which I doubt you'd have? Could you please supply all figures from your GVM upgrade so that I can give advice? Cheers


 My dear yobarr, no, thats condescending so I would not use that term.

yobarr  I am not confused at all, nowhere did I mention TBW ( tow ball weight) You are right with regards max GVM does not mean that the load is safe to tow. I have a certified QLD certified GVM rateing of 3200 kg for the Mux. Nowhere did I mention that the GCM or the towing capacity was increased. See original post and my following post. In Queensland youcan now, on some light trucks increase the vehicle component of the GCM. This can not be done on a Mux because the frame is not ladder like built, it states that quite clearly. Here is another FACT, no passenger vehicle has ever been fined for overloading under the AUSTRALAN road rules traffic act in any state ever.

I have been doing a lot of research on vehicle weights and regulations and I still do not have the right answers to all.

I am very confident that the setup on our Mux will tow, with care our new van when it arrives. I have spent a lot of time and money on achieving the tow vehicle I drive to achieve the best result. Yes it will struggle on hills like most do, but it will suit me just fine. I know you like a bit of banter so I hope I have succeeded with my quest.

 

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 My dear yobarr, no, thats condescending so I would not use that term.

8yobarr  I am not confused at all, nowhere did I mention TBW ( tow ball weight) You are right with regards max GVM does not mean that the load is safe to tow. I have a certified QLD certified GVM rateing of 3200 kg for the Mux. Nowhere did I mention that the GCM or the towing capacity was increased. See original post and my following post. In Queensland youcan now, on some light trucks increase the vehicle component of the GCM. This can not be done on a Mux because the frame is not ladder like built, it states that quite clearly. Here is another FACT, no passenger vehicle has ever been fined for overloading under the AUSTRALAN road rules traffic act in any state ever.

I have been doing a lot of research on vehicle weights and regulations and I still do not have the right answers  to all.

I am very confident that the setup on our Mux will tow, with care our new van when it arrives. I have spent a lot of time and money on achieving the tow vehicle I drive to achieve the best result. Yes it will struggle on hills like most do, but it will suit me just fine. I know you like a bit of banter so I hope I have succeeded with my quest.

 Cheer

Glenn 


 Hi Glenn. Great to see that you're taking your weights seriously. Happy to answer any questions you may have, but even with your flash  3200GVM upgrade your car's rear axle carrying capacity is the problem.

You did in fact mention towball weight when you claimed, highlighted below, that tow ratings refer to towbar towing capacity. That statement us rubbish.

Please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that your car's GCM still is 5900kg, (maybe only 5750kg) so IF you could EVER get to your 3200kg GVM (absolutely IMPOSSIBLE) whilst towing, your GTM could be maximum 2700kg. This equates to towing a van with an ATM of 3000kg, absolute maximum, and unattainable under "normal" conditions.

GVM upgrades are generally a waste of money for tow vehicles, but can be great if the vehicle is to be  used as a  touring vehicle.

The main problem for tow vehicles is rear axle carrying capacity, and you've forked out big dollars to gain a miserable 50kg? Why bother?

Happy to help you out of the wilderness with your weights, but at the moment you seem well lost? Best of luck. Cheers

P.S Again I would like to commend you for at least taking your weights seriously, but you seem to have been "advised" by people with only vested interests?

P.P.S Not disputing your assertion that "no passenger vehicle has ever been fined for overloading", but you no doubt realise that many insurance claims have been declined for that very reason. Not worth it. What's your life, or that of other motorists, worth? 



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Last comment from myself.

 

I have installed in the rear of the Mux Titan two drawer system with a Kings fridge drawer on top.

We did this so we can regulate and control our weight in the vehicle. This is so we can, if we choose to max the van out at 3000kg.

We. packed the fridge and the drawers with exactly(?)what we will carry with the van connected.

We then filled the vehicle with fuel, 2 persons, one dog etc etc. and went over a weighbridge.

We guessed the TBW at 260kg. 

The GVM came in at 2730, so just snuck under the rateing of 2750. GCM is 5750, so we need some treeking, but close.

 

We can under Australian design road regulations have a GVM of 3200 kg, the new Certified GVM.

 

However we will never do that weight, due to the safety factor. We will stick to under 2700kg.

 

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I have installed in the rear of the Mux Titan two drawer system with a Kings fridge drawer on top.

We did this so we can regulate and control our weight in the vehicle. This is so we can, if we choose to max the van out at 3000kg.

We. packed the fridge and the drawers with exactly(?)what we will carry with the van connected.

We then filled the vehicle with fuel, 2 persons, one dog etc etc. and went over a weighbridge.

We guessed the TBW at 260kg. 

The GVM came in at 2730, so just snuck under the rateing of 2750. GCM is 5750, so we need some treeking, but close.

 

We can under Australian design road regulations have a GVM of 3200 kg, the new Certified GVM.

 

However we will never do that weight, due to the safety factor. We will stick to under 2700kg.

 

So 

 


And I'll tell you for free that if your van's weight is 3000kg your towball weight is too low and that you're over your rear axle carrying capacity of 1650kg, and your setup is likely unsafe as your wheelbase is only 2845mm, from memory. Think "Yaw". Cheers



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Glenn, I'm uncertain where you got the information that no passenger vehicle has been fined for overloading/overweight - Check your source.

Regardless of legalities - Safety should be your main concern.

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Safety is very important to me also, as it should be.

My sourse is very accurate, I would think this person would without doubt the best informed, best knowledge, most qualified person in Australia.

He travels world wide to assist big vehicle builders with warranty claims, companies like Toyota, Nissan, Ford, GMC, you name them and he has advised or assisted in court cases all over the world.

Will I name him, no I will not. Believe me this guy knows his stuff.

Seven sevens in aero naughtacal (I cant even spell it) engineering is not a bad start.

Do I bother him with this weight stuff? Not very often, but when I do he always knows his trade.

 



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Safety is very important to me also, as it should be.

My source is very accurate,  I would think this person would without doubt the best informed, best knowledge, most qualified person in Australia.

He travels world wide to assist big vehicle builders with warranty claims, companies like Toyota, Nissan, Ford, GMC, you name them and he has advised or assisted in court cases all over the world.

Will I name him, no I will not. Believe me this guy knows his stuff.

Seven sevens in aero naughtacal (I cant even spell it) engineering is not a bad start.

Do I bother him with this weight stuff? Not very often, but when I do he always knows his trade.

 


 Unless he can can provide figures to support his assertion I am happy to say he's wrong. You no doubt have great faith in this chap's "advice", but this is LaLa land stuff. It's impossible to help people who refuse to learn. Cheers

P.S Nautical. What does seven sevens mean? Is it relevant to this discussion? I have no degrees relevant to this discussion, but I have  lots of experience with weights. Experience always  beats theory. 

 



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Honestly mate Your arrogance is outstanding. Seven. Sevens is the highest mark you can achieve.

How about you show me someone who has been fined for overloading a passenger car in Australia, I am sure you can scratch one up.

Another thing, feel free to admit you are wrong at least once, hell mate I do it every day, good for the soul.


Sorry admin, but fair dinkum enough is enough.




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Honestly mate Your arrogance is outstanding. Seven. Sevens is the highest mark you can achieve.

How about you show me someone who has been fined for overloading a passenger car car in Australia, I am sure you can scratch one up.

Another thing, feel free to admit you are wrong at least once, hell mate I do it every day, good for the soul.

Sorry admin, but fair dinkum enough is enough.


 When outlandish unsupported statements are made regarding weights always I will respond. Try this story for starters. No doubt there are dozens - yes dozens - of other cases. Car was Prado, from memory? Cheers.

P.S Yes, there once was a time when, briefly, I thought that I was wrong, but I was mistaken. 

 

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Nah surely you can do better then this.

What vehicle was it and was he charged for overloading the vehicle?

This is turning into some real fun here, hope we have an audience.

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Nah surely you can do better then this.

What vehicle was it and was he charged for overloading the vehicle?

This is turning into some real fun here, hope we have an audience.


 Could I respectfully suggest that you give up? You're clearly way out of your depth posting about stuff that you have  little understanding of. Instead  of ignoring help you might be better to heed good advice from those of us who know what we're talking about. Cheers

 

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Sorry mate, very sad story. I hope the family have moved on after this horrible accident.

You have do some more research, still no passenger vehicle has been fined or charged with a OVERLOADED vehicle in Australia.


It is fine to concede, no one really cares.

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Sorry mate, very sad story. I hope the family have moved on after this horrible accident.

You have do some more research, still no passenger vehicle has been fined or charged with a OVERLOADED vehicle in Australia.


It is fine to concede, no one really cares.


Hmmm. And you reckon that a Prado  is not a passenger vehicle? Surely having 5 seats, at least, would qualify this vehicle as such?

As for the family "moving on" did you not notice that there is no family left? This chap killed his wife and her son because  he chose to overload his vehicle, despite him being a long- distance truck driver who perhaps should have known better?

Girlfriends are not necessarily part of "family" and don't count. Family gone. Dead.

Did you not notice that the van was overloaded by 800kg 

Finally, I have no requirement to "concede" as I have provided only indesputable facts. Grow up. Cheers



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The state of the family is not in question.

Where does the article say the VEHICLE was overloaded?

Where does it state he was charged with a ( let me try this again) a OVERLOADED VEHICLE?

Here is a hint for you..the regulation does not necessary apply to a tow vehicle. It also refers to the G VM of any passenger vehiclie in Australia.



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