I alway use a weight gauge under the towball before I set off. I adjust by moving the electric cable and security devices, hitch lock, wheel lock and rear corner steady lock.
These are moved back and forward to suit. I always try to have the noseweight at itís max or just under. This is to avoid the tail wagging the dog.
The Swift caravans (3) the recommended weight was 85 kg.
The Bailey that we bought in October is 100kg my Sorentoís towball limit is 100kg
To achieve the correct loading I put the awning in the car plus all heavy stuff. I even remove seat 6&7 as that saves 33 kg and gives a lot more load space which is taken up by bike stuff, pegs, my cycling gear, my road bike etc..
The awning goes between front and rear seats.
Our MTBí then go on a cycle rack mounted on the carís rear door.
We are usually away for 9 weeks plus 5 weeks so we take a lot. Even then I see some others taking a lot more. Very few travel light where we go WE do take to much clothing and shoes. We should not take so much food say 6 days. Needs to be cut down to 3 or 4. It depends on the number of stops that we plan. I cannot just pitch on a site and go shopping as the bike would be stolen. Their 15 years old but the cost of replacement very high.
The correct noseweight loading is very important to me as we do hard pushes to get to the south of France. It has been known that I plan a days trip of 250 miles ( the norm) but end up doing a 400 miler. Using the Autoroutes then.
I am used to doing high mileages from my diving days but itís not as easy as it was AGE.
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