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How Much Does A Van Weigh? Unladen Weight Payload & GVW

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You might have asked yourself in the past, “how much does a van weigh”? I’m not totally sure why you would need to know that, but somebody did ask us recently and to be honest, we didn’t know. We actually had to check.

The weight of a van is referred to as its unladen, or dry weight. It’s also known as kerb weight (UK) or curb weight (USA). It is the total mass of the vehicle including standard equipment + secondary weight such as engine oil, brake fluid, a full tank of fuel and transmission fluid as well as any other consumables required for the vehicle to function, but are not a part of the vehicle itself.

Let’s Take A Look At The Unladen Weight Of The Most Popular Vans

The weight of any van will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and then again from model to model. Even vans of the same make and model will differ in kerb weight depending on optional factory extras such as an air conditioning unit or a tail lift.

White Ford Transit Van On A Weighbridge
Van On A Weighbridge

It isn’t an exact science either but it’s worth keeping in mind that the less dry weight you have, the higher payload weight you’re able to carry. At least legally.

Ford Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Ford Transit Courier Van

Kerb Weight: 1132 kg

Payload: 650 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 1782 kg

Ford Transit Connect Van

Kerb Weight: 1415 kg

Payload: 625 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2040 kg

Ford Transit Custom Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1556–2761 kg

Payload: 759–2724 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2,900-3500 kg

*There are so many models of Ford Transit available it’s next to impossible to list each definitively. Again, if you would like to know the GVW of your particular model, see your vehicle’s VIN plate.

Ford Transit Flatbed Van

Kerb Weight: 1689 kg

Payload: 1111 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2800 kg

Ford Transit Luton Box Van

Kerb Weight: 2484 kg

Payload: 1016 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Iveco Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Iveco Daily Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 2080 kg

Payload: 1420 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Iveco Daily Luton Box Van

Kerb Weight: 2380 kg

Payload: 1120 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Mercedes Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Mercedes Citan Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1566 kg

Payload: 434 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2000 kg

Mercedes Sprinter Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1995 kg

Payload: 1005 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3000 kg

Mercedes Sprinter Crew Van

Kerb Weight: 1975–2356 kg

Payload: 834–1215 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3190 kg

Mercedes Vito Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1756 kg

Payload: 1044 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2800 kg

Renault Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Renault Trafic Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1678 kg

Payload: 1092 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2770 kg

Renault Master Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1964 kg

Payload: 1536 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Renault Master Luton Box Van

Kerb Weight: 2288 kg

Payload: 1212 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Toyota Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Toyota Proace Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1735 kg

Payload: 1020 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2755 kg

Vauxhall Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Vauxhall Vivaro Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1725-1770 kg

Payload: 1330-1375 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3100 kg

Vauxhall Vivaro Luton Box Van

Kerb Weight: 2288 kg

Payload: 1212 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500 kg

Volkswagen Vans | Kerb Weight, Payload & GVW

Volkswagen Transporter Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 1798

Payload: 1002 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 2800 kg

Volkswagen Crafter Panel Van

Kerb Weight: 2014 kg

Payload: 986 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3000 kg

Volkswagen Crafter Luton Van

Kerb Weight: 2500 kg

Payload: 1000 kg

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight): 3500kg

Determining The GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) Of A Van

The question “how much does a van weigh?” is determined by the kerb weight + payload which then = GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight). The information above is based on the manufacturer’s specifications of standard models in their range of vans.

It’s worth noting that the kerb weight of any given van differs…

  • From year to year
  • From model to model
  • From manufacturer to manufacturer

This of course determines how much weight you’re legally allowed to carry and penalties for exceeding the legal payload of your van can be steep.

Although not an issue for smaller, lighter cargo, it is definitely worth keeping in mind if you’re running a collection orientated business such as a junk clearance service where loads vary wildly and payload accumulates quickly.

You can find more info on the legal description of vehicle weight regulation here.

You can find more info about penalties for overloading a van here.

It is your responsibility to check the unique weight of the vehicle you’re driving and determine your legal payload limit based on those figures.

The Legal Weight Limit Of Your Own Van

A Typical Looking VIN Plate With Unladen Weight & Gross Weight Specifications

The GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) is the maximum weight you’re legally permitted to carry as a payload + the kerb weight of your van. The GVW of any van is determined on that vehicle’s VIN plate which can be found in either the passenger side or the driver side door well.

FAQ For Vans, Payloads & Weight

How Do I Find The Unladen Kerb Weight Of My Van

You can find the kerb weight of your van in the owner’s manual or your vehicle’s registration document. You can also find out your vans unladen weight by checking with the manufacturer on either their website or by giving them a call.

How Do I Find The Maximum Payload For My Van

The maximum payload or load weight for your van will be displayed on your VIN plate.

This is usually located in either your passenger or driver’s door well.

How Do I Find The GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) For My Van

The GVW for your van is also displayed on your vehicle’s VIN plate.

It’s worth noting that your gross vehicle weight can drift + – a few kilos depending on added factory extras or fittings installed or removed by a previous owner.

How Much Can My Van Weigh Before I’m Exceeding The Legal Limit

Again, how much does a van weigh? It’s a very obscure question with a different answer for each respective vehicle.

In short, you’re exceeding the legal limit as to how much your van can weigh once your payload (cargo weight + passengers) exceeds the weight stated on your vehicle’s VIN plate.

Luckily, if your van is checked for weight, most traffic safety enforcement officers will allow a +5% over the maximum GVW but this is at their discretion.

How Can I Tell If My Van Is Exceeding Its Maximum Allowed Payload Weight

The only way to know for sure how much your van will weigh once you have a load in the back is to take it to a weighbridge.

You won’t be able to tell just by looking at whether or not your van is overloaded or if you’re exceeding the maximum allowed payload.

If you’re loading boxes and other smaller items then you can of course weigh each item as it goes into the van. If you’re loading larger items then this is clearly impractical.

To locate a weighbridge local to you, you can find either find one on the website here:

Or, as most weighbridges are operated by private businesses, you can also find your local weighbridge by Googling “Weighbridge Near Me“.

Your Van, Your VIN, Your GVW

So, how much does a van weigh? I’m not sure it really even matters. The only legal requirement is to know how much of a payload you’re carrying but, at least the next time we’re asked, we’ll be able to answer.

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