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Old 20 August 2007, 06:10   #11
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So based on that I will need to hire a large box trailer?? I thought you could do it with a flatbed....
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So based on that I will need to hire a large box trailer?? I thought you could do it with a flatbed....
From 1st July 2007...

The cargo compartment of the trailer must consist of a closed box body which is at least as wide and as high as the towing vehicle; the closed box body may also be slightly less wide than the towing vehicle provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external rear-view mirrors of the towing vehicle.

Before 01/07/07 you could do it with a flatbed, (subject to the age of the towing vehicle)
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Oh great, so it's even harder now! I wish I'd done it before now.....
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Oh great, so it's even harder now! I wish I'd done it before now.....
Its not that difficult, most of the people I have put through the test did not need more than 1 or 2 days training.
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Another thought......

I understand that the law says you can tow a trailer over 750kg if the MAM is less than the curbside weight of the towing vehicle.

Is it legal therefore if I tow my trailer which has a MAM of 2000kg with a Discovery which has a curbside weight of 2200kg (I think)?
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From memory, what the law actually says is you can tow a braked trailer which is rated to no more than half the kerb weight of the vehicle, provided the MAM (Maximum authorised mass) of both trailer and vehicle does not exceed 3.5 tonnes.

I will check this though!
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here is how its stated: "Category B vehicles can tow larger trailers i.e. > 750kg, provided that the combined MAM does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and the gross MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle."

which ive taken from here: http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/law/driving_licences.htm
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So with a 2 ton vehicle, you can tow up to another 1 1/2 tonnes.
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Is the MAM the same as the actual weight though? or and i know nothing about it but understood Max authorised mass to be the max weights that your car and trailer could be.
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Correct - mam is the maximum gross weight stated on the plate on your trailer. In reality the weight will probably be quite a bit less than the MAM but its the maximum they're interested in.

Thanks for that Rich. Seems my theory is true but I didn't know about the 3.5 tonne limit. Damn!
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