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Old 16 May 2014, 14:34   #21
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I think it originates from the wording used to define the length of HGV trailers, so yes, it applies to all trailers (and caravans) on the road.

The drawbar thing is interesting (in a nerdy, I want to pull a big boat kind of way ). Most people define it as the start of the A frame shape, on my trailer, it accounts for nearly 3m alone. Caravans dont have big A frames, but they do have huge rear overhangs which allows some pretty big rigs.
Hmmm, so my Hobby 720 caravan (7.58m body length plus A frame) would be OK?
Overall length 9.028m, Gross weight 2,200 kg & Total width 2.5m
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Hmmm, so my Hobby 720 caravan (7.58m body length plus A frame) would be OK?
Overall length 9.028m, Gross weight 2,200 kg & Total width 2.5m

Yep, as long as you arnt towing it with a commercial vehicle and you have the full licence.
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The length of the TRAILER can be a maximum of 7 metres, this does not include the drawbar or coupling, plus you are allowed a rear overhang of 2 metres (you can actually go to 3 metres but you need an illuminated marker board).
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In practice, as long as your overall (vehicle + trailer) length does not exceed 18.75m (the maximum length of a vehicle & trailer before you become a abnormal load) you are unlikely to have any problems.
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In practice, as long as your overall (vehicle + trailer) length does not exceed 18.75m (the maximum length of a vehicle & trailer before you become a abnormal load) you are unlikely to have any problems.
Thanks for the clarification. I had previously been told that it was:
"overall body length not exceeding 7 metres (excluding drawbar and coupling)"
So had thought that mine with a body length of 7.58m was just over the legal max!

Others have said that the overhang refers to the removable load/goods being carried on a trailer and that it doesn't apply to caravans.

I think it's time to buy an 19m tape measure and go looking for a bigger RIB...
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