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Old 22 March 2011, 09:10   #11
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mark-it doesn't matter for now for towing purposes-what does the plate on your trailer show as GVW or max loading?

i know someone that got fined last year towing a normal trailer-it was full of soil from their garden and police took them to local weighbridge and charged them as 100kg over GVW the trailer was capable of-not the car.

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Old 22 March 2011, 09:18   #12
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Old 22 March 2011, 09:28   #13
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your right there is confusion over this but i would never condone driving illegally but it's not my licence on the line...........

that is the wrong plate if memory serves-there should be another one somewhere (on axle perhaps or down side i think is where indespension put them). i think that plate tells you what the tow hitch is capable of and not the trailer.

what model trailer is it?

rollercoaster 2/3 etc?

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its a rollercoaster 8 max 1500kgs
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i can't find that on the indespension website-they only show the super rollercoaster 8 but if you have found the other plate i mentioned then that is what the law goes with.

your way outside what is legal to tow with the restricted licence as your closer to 4 tonnes than the 3.5 max :-(

if anyone else has better info than i'm giving then be great to hear but my understanding is they look at what you CAN tow and not what you are towing weight wise-bit naff i know but only follow the rules they make.

just aswell they don't apply the same logic to speeding in cars as every car made these days is capable of smashing 70mph.

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Has anyone sat the test for trailers towing? is it a total ball ache in that they test your driving skills all over again or is it more focussed on just trailer towing?
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First post on this thread has a PDF attached that tells you exactly what you can and can't tow without category B+E on your licence.
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Just every now and then there is an odd occasion when it is good to be a little bit older !
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I currently tow with an Octavia Estate at 100% of the cars towing capacity (1300kg) on a CAT B license. The cars kerb weight is 1435kg (more than the MAM of the trailer which is 1300kg) and the cars GVW is 1880kg which suggests a max train weight of 3.18T so I am well within the 3.5T limit.

It annoys me intensely that after towing regularly without incident since I did my test in 1998 I will now have to do another test when I buy a more suitable and safer tow vehicle.

I believe that the actual weight of the Boat on the trailer is really nearer a tonne and have considered having the Trailer re-plated(as mentioned earlier) once It has been on a weigh bridge full of fuel and all the other rubbish we ribbers carry in them.

Re-plating is very common in Horsey circles where the max weight of many horse boxes is say 3.5 tonnes despite actually weighing less than 2.5 tonnes with 2 horses in them. Plate the trailer down to 2.5 tonnes and the number of possible tow vehicles available increases massively.
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who is allowed to replate trailers? is it only the manufacturer?

i do know of people have done it DIY style but that is probably as bad as getting caught over the limit on the old plate...not a good idea me thinks.

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