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Old 01 March 2007, 18:20   #31
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So after 1.1.97 you need a class 2 licence then, to drive a 7.5 tonner with more than 750 kgs trailed, I wasnt far off ? Or a 7.5 tonner full stop?
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Old 01 March 2007, 18:23   #32
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I wasn't on about what the book says - actually speaking from experience!!!

It is all down to the trailer - the 3 axle I had was fantastic - towed like a dream and was as stable as a rock - it actually stopped the Discovery rather than the discovery stopping it!!!
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Old 01 March 2007, 18:31   #33
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one member of this forum jack knifed a 26 foot boat with a Disco on the M5....
In fairness, that trailer and boat combo did weigh in at over 4 tonnes if I remember correctly. I remember seeing him leave the yard with the rear suspension bottoming out, and the tow hitch slowly distorting out of shape.

Many people who find themselves at the limit for European 4x4s, and at the 3500kg limit for over-run brakes opt for American vehicles. Chris Strickland used to tow his Scorpion 10m cabin rib Seahound 5 on a custom built trailer with air brakes behind a Ford F250 (or was it a 350?) king cab pickup. The trailer and RIB are about 4.5 tonnes. He had the pickup for sale last year, I don't know if he still has it or not.
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I wasn't on about what the book says - actually speaking from experience!!!

It is all down to the trailer - the 3 axle I had was fantastic - towed like a dream and was as stable as a rock - it actually stopped the Discovery rather than the discovery stopping it!!!
Yes and was the trailer under 650 kg
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Old 02 March 2007, 02:09   #35
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Yes and was the trailer under 650 kg
That would only be relevant if his RIB weighed over 2850kg!
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The rib weighs 2700kg. Will give SBS a call tomorrow, see what weight the trailer comes in at.
"That would only be relevant if his RIB weighed over 2850kg!"

Not far from that with toys & fuel possibly a little more

If you get stopped and tested they will not be interested in dry weight
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....a Ford F250 (or was it a 350?) king cab pickup.
Which reminds me... I've got a 1986 Ford F150 with a 351 Windsor (sp?) mated to a C6 auto for sale if anyone need a big tow motor...?
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So after 1.1.97 you need a class 2 licence then, to drive a 7.5 tonner with more than 750 kgs trailed, I wasnt far off ? Or a 7.5 tonner full stop?



Oh Lord.. please help me <edit> perhaps I'm being a little harsh. Sorry! There is no such thing as classs 1,2 or 3 anymore. New licence classes are as per the link posted earlier.
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In fairness, that trailer and boat combo did weigh in at over 4 tonnes if I remember correctly. I remember seeing him leave the yard with the rear suspension bottoming out, and the tow hitch slowly distorting out of shape.
Yes this is my point, 3500 kgs is not far off 4 tonnes. Thats twice the weight of a Disco or 110.

There is a guy in Fareham called Mark Brown who runs a local authority coded rib, you could ask him if Portsmouth Police know the trailer laws. The charter would have been a nice little earner and introduced us to the BBC film crews and contacts, but it never happened. Rib and trailer stopped 200 yards short of Camber Dock and Police slapped a "Do not move" notice on the trailer. I think it eventually went home on a low loader. Film crew not impressed.

Lets be honest, Richards boat isn't exactly inconspicous

Would also be worth having a look at the max width issue and trailer laws, nightmare.

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..- it actually stopped the Discovery rather than the discovery stopping it!!!

Go no... explain how that works, with the standard trailer braking system Ie those operated by the coupling "shortening"....
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