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Old 03 September 2007, 13:40   #11
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I know some people will say that it is different budgets etc and they should be road legal but I cannot think of any news items relating to mass deaths/injuries through trailer/caravan related incidents.
It does happen though. I went to an accident last christmas where a local charity were towing a santas sleigh collecting money. The draw bar broke on a hill and the trailer, (without Santa, but lots of reindeer and fake snow ) hit a car head on coming the other way. Although the driver had to be cut free from the wreckage she wasn't badly hurt.
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Old 03 September 2007, 13:52   #12
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My mate got stopped on M6 to check his caravan everything ok , but another driver with a new discovery with a new Hobby caravan on got a Section 9 i think it was, although the weight was ok, because the caravan was 8 ft wide it is only a class 7 for towing Transit etc, i did'nt know that.
This section 9 is a off the road now, they had to get the caravan trailered away, great holiday eh.
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Old 03 September 2007, 14:07   #13
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thats not the point though.
It seems to be whenever the police are under any pressure they go out and persecute motorists
of course it's the point!

Firstly I don't think that the VOSA have an organised crime unit, murder squad or SWAT team so I don't see where putting the police under pressure affects VOSA income stream!

I do flout the odd traffc law mysel, but I have always been prepared to accept the punishment if I was caught. So when I decide to tow something that aint road legal if I lose my ticket then I don' winge cos it's only me that made me do it.

Sure it's a revenue stream for the (I believe) self funding VOSA so hit em where it hurts by having faultless trailers,

In the ten years I've been towing, I have lost two hubs on trailers, I can't imagine how much damage a 15 kilo wheel would do after crashing through a faily cars windscreen at a closing speed of 100 MPH.

If you were buying a trailer and the Hand brake lever was cracked you'd imediately try and chip the price down on the basis that the brakes weren't in tip top conditin. So what stops the VOSA guy from jumping to the same conclusion

Or if you pulled a double Axle traile with only three hubs left on it would you say that was OK or would you take it off the road.

I think it's as much a pain in the arse as the next guy but it's the deal in this country and I'd rather live here than in Iraq
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Old 03 September 2007, 14:31   #14
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You poor bastards. "Securing a bright future through regulation." I imagine Henry VIII could have been worse if you crossed him but it seems so easy to cross modern regulations that although the Tower is not your destiny, your depleted purse certainly is! Hey, the States are not immune to this social engineering; that's why I left!

Let's hear from any "Safety at Any Price" advocates out there!

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It may seem over the top to stop and check trailers, but having recently read about a young mother killed in Dorset by a trailer detaching itself from a Land Rover, then maybe there's some logic to it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6679763.stm

A quick trawl of BBC news site shows other sadly similar incidents, one where the coroner specifically suggests an MOT style test for trailers and caravans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/3200560.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/d...re/6907916.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2354727.stm


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Does seem a bit over zealous though, I mean a crack, whos to say when it would fail ?, and small trailers dont get MOT'd either. I thought all they could check were lights tyres, breakaway cable, loading & plate. I'm not condoning poorly maintained trailers, but where is the reason with these beurocratic jumped up hitlers? I nearly had it out with my local lot who pulled an old 7.5 tonner of mine several times, whilst letting newer stuff pass by, who was to say the driver of the newer unit might have been banned, or an illegal etc but ofcourse they thought the older motor would be much more likely to be hanging with defects.... naturally I was sorry to disapoint them AH writing this as you posted above Gerry!
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Does that count It's not really mass deaths is it. Those bloody selfish people dying just to give the VOSA something to do.......there should be a law against it!
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My exploding boat had same ones as yo yo recomends.In short time I had these they worked well & are available at red line for abot 3 quid.However on the down side they do tend to melt when your trailer detaches from your car & ploughs into an oncoming car resulting in a fireball.......hopefully you will not encounter this problem.....
Course, it won't ever happen to any of us, right?
(I'm not having a dig at Jon here)
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