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Old 19 April 2014, 13:29   #1
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Is my trailer legal?

Hi All, I have gone down the trailer rout with my sib, I have bought a topper trailer (thats what the seller called it anyway) and modified it to fit my 3.8 mtr Humber sib.

So to my question; the trailer does not have a plate to say what load rating etc although it is a professionaly built one, it did have a plate at some point as I can see the 4 pop rivets, I am sure that I will not be overloaded even with the 25hp Mariner on it but is it a legal requirement to have a load rating plate attatched.

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If its unbraked its always been the case to have the max gross weight of the trailer painted / labeled on the nearside of the trailer somewhere or the modern type ones with the plate ,
old system was better before plated came out as you could just write on it to suit the " half the unladen "weight of the car to keep it all legal .
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If its unbraked its always been the case to have the max gross weight of the trailer painted / labeled on the nearside of the trailer somewhere or the modern type ones with the plate ,
old system was better before plated came out as you could just write on it to suit the " half the unladen "weight of the car to keep it all legal .
Thanks for that, Yes it is unbraked, so if I paint say 350kg on it that makes it legal?
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1982 regs state that you must have gross weight on the trailer. That's all. Could be on a plate, could scrawled, by a three year old, on your axle... crazy really.

All new, unbraked, trailers manufactured since 1st Jan 1997 must show a year of manufacture.
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1982 regs state that you must have gross weight on the trailer. That's all. Could be on a plate, could scrawled, by a three year old, on your axle... crazy really.

All new, unbraked, trailers manufactured since 1st Jan 1997 must show a year of manufacture.
Thanks for replying, how do I know year of manufacture or am I worrying too much and should just paint the weight on it?
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Yup, I wouldn't sweat it too much, you're very unlikely to be pulled for not having a year of manufacture on there. As you say - who would know what it is anyway?

If you're particularly worried then you can buy plates and stamp them up yourself.

If I was you I'd concentrate on having the trailer road worthy (bearings, tyres and coupling all in gwo), lighting board working and paint the GVW on the n/s.
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Yup, I wouldn't sweat it too much, you're very unlikely to be pulled for not having a year of manufacture on there. As you say - who would know what it is anyway?

If you're particularly worried then you can buy plates and stamp them up yourself.

If I was you I'd concentrate on having the trailer road worthy (bearings, tyres and coupling all in gwo), lighting board working and paint the GVW on the n/s.
Thanks again, yes all new bearings, new 10" wheels, new 145 tyres, and new lighting board.

I am going to ask about prop bags next
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Just posted new thread asking, thanks again
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Thanks for that, Yes it is unbraked, so if I paint say 350kg on it that makes it legal?
Just make sure that the GVW you choose does not exceed your axle capacity (if you have one) and the combined capacity of your tyres.
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