Caravan and Trailer ATM Upgrades
Coastwide Engineering Solutions is located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. You can bring your van to us or we can come to you to complete the assessment and re-rating.
As of March 1st 2017, the new modification code LS12 has been introduced to replace the S7 and S12 codes for light trailer and caravan modifications.
At Coastwide Engineering Solutions all of the caravans we upgrade are independently assessed by a Registered Professional Engineer as required by Queensland Transport.
Do you know if your caravan or trailer is under its Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) when fully loaded?
-There have been several cases where insurance companies have denied claims due to caravans exceeding the ATM.
-Most caravan manufacturers allow a payload of under 400kg. The payload includes any carried water, gas, accessories fitted and all other items packed in the caravan. If you have a dual battery fitted, you carry a significant amount of water or you have solar panels fitted you can find yourself easily exceeding the allowed payload and therefore exceeding the ATM.
Steps to increasing your Caravan's ATM
-Before the Caravan ATM can be upgraded it is recommended a weigh bridge ticket showing ball weight and axle weights be obtained. For an easy option we recommend our customers call Dave from Weightcheck
Phone - 0477 897 700 Email- email@example.com. He will come to you to weigh your caravan or vehicle.
-Once the total mass has been ascertained, an inspection must be carried out by our engineer to check the componentry is suitable for the higher rating and the chassis and draw bar are of sufficient strength. The draw bar and chassis need to be analysed to determine if strengthening is required to ensure compliance with ADR62 and VSB1.
-If the caravan meets the strength and componentry requirements of the new ATM, our engineer will complete all of the paperwork and attach the compliance plate at the inspection.
-If the caravan requires strengthening, the engineer will advise you of any upgrades that need to be carried out to meet the requirements of the new ATM and will organise a re-inspection once any upgrades are completed.
-Once the caravan and the modifications have passed the inspection a modification plate indicating the revised ATM and GTM will be attached. Code LS12 must be indicated on the plate as per the Queensland Code of Practice for Light Vehicles.
-The owner will need to advise their insurance company of the modification and complete Qld Transport form F3524