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Old 20 August 2007, 17:39   #31
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Not that bloody old (new powered winch going on this week just for you )
My hand's still swollen after that . Funny, it never hurt though.

Has the winch slipped again?
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Old 20 August 2007, 17:53   #32
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My hand's still swollen after that . Funny, it never hurt though.

Has the winch slipped again?
No no problems and I've had it removed and stripped down so I'll look at it in the morning to check.

The new one will not slip
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Old 20 August 2007, 18:57   #33
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If you need an old bloke to do some towing for you. Give me a shout. I'm always game for a laugh.

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Old 21 August 2007, 06:21   #34
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So I can tow 750 with a Discovery without the test?

Right.

The towing capacity of the car varies too. Some more 'industrial' cars, like your Disco probably, have the towing capacity specified on the VIN plate (usually on the bulkhead inside the engine bay). If the towing weight isn't specified then you can tow either 1/2 the kerbside weight of the car if the trailer is unbraked or 85% if the trailer is braked.

Tim. I want to do my trailer test too. You can usually find test routes on line if you find the test centre you want to use. Nos started training me for mine and it really is a serious eye opener - I THOUGHT I was a reasonably competent driver, but when you're being examined to HGV standards (he was when he was training me) its frightening the number of basic errors you make.

Personally after travelling home the other weekend and seeing the actics of some of the caravanners out there I would actually like to see mandetory trailer training for EVERYONE across the board. It is shocking the number of people towing who clearly don't have the first idea.
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Old 21 August 2007, 06:49   #35
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Who on here has done their trailer test (the test for post 1997 drivers which allows you to tow up to 3.5 tonnes).
post 1997 .... does this mean that I am exempt for being more than 1997 years old?
(Seriously, I assume that cos I did my test pre 1997 I don't need to do this?)

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post 1997 .... does this mean that I am exempt for being more than 1997 years old?
(Seriously, I assume that cos I did my test pre 1997 I don't need to do this?)

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Oh yes for the first time it's nice to be a little bit older no trailer test

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Old 21 August 2007, 06:57   #37
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post 1997 .... does this mean that I am exempt for being more than 1997 years old?
(Seriously, I assume that cos I did my test pre 1997 I don't need to do this?)

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Yeah you already have the B+E license we want. And C1 and D1 which are small lorries and minibuses.
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Oh yes for the first time it's nice to be a little bit older no trailer test

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If the towing weight isn't specified then you can tow either 1/2 the kerbside weight of the car if the trailer is unbraked or 85% if the trailer is braked.
Car driving licence obtained since 1st jan 1997-Category B = Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM & with up to 8 passenger seats

Category B vehicles may be coupled with a trailer up to 750kg (allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes MAM).

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A trailer over 750kg MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes MAM.

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Car driving licence obtained since 1st jan 1997-Category B = Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM & with up to 8 passenger seats

Category B vehicles may be coupled with a trailer up to 750kg (allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes MAM).

"OR"


A trailer over 750kg MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes MAM.

The best, and in the long run, cheapest way is to learn with a qualified instructor.

I wasn't talking about licencing, I was talking about vehicle set-up...

For instance, without a b+e licence, you couldn't tow a 900kg trailer behind an unplated car weighing 1000kg as the trailer would be too heavy for the CAR to tow legally and safely (the maximum unplated towing weight of a 1Tonne car being 850kg, assuming the trailer is braked)

However, in Tim's case, the plated towing capacity of the disco may well be 3.5 tonne, but it would be illegal for him from a licencing perspective to tow anything over (at a guess) about 1.5 tonne.
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