Originally Posted by Millermob
so if the drawbar is not included how long was the trailer you use for your boat ashleyd? as looking at the same sort of size you have bu still want to be able to tow it. Tornado one used to be towed around and that was 8.5 metres.
The guy that pointed out that the Discovery + 8.1m rib was illegal is a commercial driving instructor. We borrowed a trailer to rescue the boat (after an engine failure in Devon), so unfortunately we can't measure it. The boat is 8.1m long. If we assume that the draw bar starts at the winch post then the this guy was correct & the trailer was infact more than 7m long & therefore illegal with this vehicle. Incedentally, as far as I know, no 4x4 weighs in excess of 3.5 tones kerb weight, so this is a problem faced by any person without a tacho or lorry!
I think its about time that people were made aware that they may be braking the law when towing - we certainly were not before this guy bought it to our attention.
The good news is that the Police don't seem to know this regulation, so the chances of a road side tug are minimal.
The bad news is that your insurance company do know the regs & your fully comp insurance is probably invalid & reduced to third party only. Had we wrapped the Disco & Scorp around a lamp post on the way back to Lymington that day, the insurance company would have bought the local Council a shiny new lamp post & then told Ashleyd that his vehicle & boat were not covered. Bye bye £60 grand
I have posted on this subject quite a few times, but people don't seem to want to acknowledge it.