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Old 24-02-2012, 10:17 AM
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has anyone with a new style (after '97) license any info on towing trailers? after reading the dvla website i take it that with my standard car license i can tow anything that fully laden will weigh less than my car unladen?

if so that means i dont need any endorsements on my license to tow a bike trailer as the trailer + bike should never weigh more than a tonne and the car weighs around 1700kg unladen? i only ask cos as usual the info on dvla is not the clearest

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On the "new" license without E entitlement you can tow 750kgs providing the combination of car and trailer does not exceed 4250kgs
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Old 24-02-2012, 08:52 PM
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ok cheers, towbar shopping it is then
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im thinking that car and trailer weight combined 3500kg
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Mate of mine has been telling his missus for years he aint legal to tow a caravan. back pedalled like a muvva fugga when I bought one having passed my cage test years after him. Felt horribly wrong, but I had anew born babby, I got four holidays out of a 300 tourer and it was gonna cost 400 to rent a static for 1 week. Happy days. PLusit was used as a gate tent tent for numerous rallies until it disintegrated. Bargain
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Old 25-02-2012, 09:15 AM
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i just like the idea of not worrying where a bike is when browsing evilbay
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im thinking that car and trailer weight combined 3500kg
Yup I think you're right. Gross train weight 3500kg.

Gross weight of trailer 750kg
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Bear in mind that towbars now have to be approved standard. You cannot make one up like you used to be able to. My MOT bloke got me a quote for a towbar and fitting it. (Yeah ok, but I was being lazy). I thinkk they even come into the MOT test now as well. So if you are buying one make sure it meets relevant standards or you will be giving the plod something else to nick you for.

Anything you tow also has to have a safety chain fitted in case the trailer breaks free. Worth checking out with a towbar fitting company and sit down before you look at prices! LOL

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Old 26-02-2012, 02:54 PM
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i know all about this mate as the cost of a pukka vectra specific tow ball and mount is bout 100 and then same again for a bespoke wiring harness that plugs in and doesnt require chopping the car loom up.

fitting costs a fortune but i can do that as its just some holes drilled in the boot which are pre-marked anyway, and a few bolts.

didnt know about the safety chain though. it that for any trailer?
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safety chain could apply to any trailer i guess. originally they were on braked trailers. so if the thing came off the hitch the chain would pull on the trailers brakes. however if you were really unlucky and the whole towbar fell off then it would do nowt
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Yup two different things there.

A safety chain or "secondary coupling" is for UNbraked trailers.

Whereas a "breakaway cable" is for braked trailers.
It pulls the brakes on and then breaks itself.

God there's a load of shit cluttering my brain.
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