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    sjabuh72@gmail.comParticipant

    Hi Everyone,

    I am currently having a small trailer that i want to convert it into caravan, what must i do to increase the GVM of the trailer?

    Regards

    Jabu

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    Corne
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    Hi Jabu,

    Once this has been done you will have to re-roadworthy the trailer specifying an upgrade in GVM and register the trailer at your local authority. You will have to upgrade the trailer data plate too.

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    The GVM of the trailer starts with the axle rating, by law all axles must have a tag specifying the maximum load it can carry. You can upgrade the axle to a heavier load carrying capacity – within the capability of the trailer – and if you go more than 750 kg you will have to fit an axle that has brakes. This would also require a new tow hitch to operate the trailer brakes.

    Once this has been done you will have to re-roadworthy the trailer specifying an upgrade in GVM and register the trailer at your local authority. You will have to upgrade the trailer data plate too.

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    Clarence
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    The most important thing to consider is whether the chassis has been designed to carry loads greater than 750kg. If not, don’t do it! Even if you decide to upgrade chassis, replace axle and suspension parts it will mean that almost everything on the existing trailer will be upgraded or replaced…It will probably be cheaper to start from scratch and build yourself a caravan or purchase a used caravan and upgrade what you don’t like.

    If you really want to use the trailer as a base then design and build something that is within the 750kg limit…it can be done. There are many examples of lightweight trailers on the internet, Google is your friend!

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