Road Trains and Multi-Trailer Vehicles

The standard image of where road trains are used is well established - wide open landscapes, huge empty spaces, vast distances to cover. And for sure, in the largest countries - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia - road trains are first choice to maximise efficiency of bulk haulage over the longest routes where traffic is lowest.

However, that is not all road trains are used for. In Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, for example, multi-axle, multi-trailer set ups are growing in popularity in places where street and road conditions demand very low axle loads. In all circumstances, reliable load distribution and overload protection monitoring right down to the individual axle is critical for keeping multi-trailer vehicles safe throughout their journey. For accurate, robust solutions for the largest vehicles configurations on our roads, VPG Onboard Weighing is first choice.

Bespoke Onboard Weighing for Unlimited Axles and Trailers

The challenges of providing precision on-vehicle loead monitoring for multi-trailer set ups are unique. That is why VPG Onboard Weighing has developed a bespoke solution specially for road trains - Truck Weigh® 1160. Based on our innovative and highly flexible inclinometer-based technology, TruckWeigh 1160 provides efficient overload protection and load optimisation for configurations with an unlimited number of axles, trailers and gross vehicle weight (GVW). In other words, no matter how big the vehicle and how long the journey, TruckWeigh 1160 keeps road trains safe, legal and profitable.

Lightweight and easy to retrofit, TruckWeigh 1160 offers a cost-effective solution with simple controls and minimum maintenance. It monitors weight distribution and payload optimisation across each individual axle, and if tractor and trailer combinations are swapped during the journey, the system automatically recognises the overload monitoring system on the trailers, without the need for re-calibration. Modern telematics support also provides an invaluable data feed back to base, meaning no train is ever left entirely to its own devices no matter how remote the route.

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Products and Systems

TruckWeigh® 1160

The TruckWeigh 1160 System is specifically designed for road trains and mult-trailer HGVs, supporting unlimited GVW and unlimited number of axles. Suitable for any suspension types, it offers high levels of accuracy of better than ±2,5% (90-100% GVW) and is designed to provide simple, reliable overload protection and load optimisation that keeps the largest vehicles safe on the longest journeys and minimises wear and tear.

The revolutionary inclinometer-based axle transducer technology at the heart of TruckWeigh 1160 provides simple fit-and-forget installation with zero recalibration requirements and minimal need for driver input - even when tractors and trailers are swapped, thanks to automatic trailer identification. Clear, distinctive visual and audible alerts ensure drivers are always aware of  risks in plenty of time and telematics support ensures data is shared with fleet managers, too.



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VanWeigh units are worth their weight in gold!

Nick HatchettStores Supervisor, Booth Dispensers Ltd, UK

I have just ordered our fourth VanWeigh system in two years for our growing fleet of VW Crafters. VPG Onboard Weighing fitters are polite, courteous and well trained in their knowledge of the units being fitted. Vehicles are left clean, tidy and ready for work. 

The VanWeigh units themselves are worth their weight in gold. There is no fiddling about to add up weight, just load the vehicles and the unit does the rest. Drivers can see straight away if they need to alter their load to spread the weight.