[quote=“JohnnyT”]Sorry to relight this little legacy thread, but I did buy myself a varica 1100 to tour Taiwan with, havent done so yet, due to colder than usual circumstances, however, I have no idea what the specs of this van are, I would like to know things like the fuel tank capacity etc, and how much to pump the tyres before I leave.
I’ve searched on web, and found very little.
Did you guys find anything like spec or something on the varica?[/quote]
'Fraid not. Some commercials have tyre pressures on a plate in the cab. I doubt its very critical, though. I generally run cars higher than the manufacturers recommendation, which is optimised for comfort.
For what its worth the recommended pressures for the Bedford Rascal pickup (AKA Ford Pronto/Suzuki Carry), a similar vehicle to the Varica pickup, are 25 psi front, 36 rear. These are commercial vehicle pressures and probably assume the vehicle is (fully?) laden.
When carrying the demountable Romahome camper on the pickup version (an early version of which I used to have, but mine was on a Honda Acty) its 28psi front and 35 rear. Presumably there’s more weight over the front and less over the rear in that configuration. (The camper has an over-cab section you could maybe stow a small child in.)
If yours is a van rather than a pickup/truck there’ll be a bit less rear bias, so the camper pressures might be where to start, but if you’re not carrying much and find the ride harsh/bouncy, drop it a bit in small decrements (maybe 2 psi at a time) until it feels OK.
Remember of course that its not a Roller, won’t ride like one, and very under-inflated tyres are dangerous. You shouldn’t need to go the other way but if you do you shouldn’t exceed (or even get near) the max tyre pressure moulded on the sidewall. Keep an eye on the tyre wear pattern.
I think Redwagon has posted a procedure for “tyre pressure tuning” involving sidewall chalk marks and other clever tricks which you might try and find if you decide to get obsessi…er…meticulous about it.
I’m not sure why you would care much about the precise tank capacity.
If you want an owners handbook you might be able to get one from a main dealer. It’ll be in Chinese, of course.
Alternatively, this bloke seems to be selling handbooks.
Only shows a Delica and a Freeca at present but if you get a Chinese speaker/writer to enquire he might get one for you, at a price, of course.
They are sometimes still in the glove compartment when a vehicle arrives in the scrapyard.