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Old 25 September 2016, 15:12   #21
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I'm more worried about insurance at the moment, I heard recently of a caravan claim being refused because the van was longer than 7m.

What a lot of pish ...
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Old 25 September 2016, 15:28   #22
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Dan,
There is an exception to the length limit for indivisible loads. I will find it for you..

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1.../made/data.pdf

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Old 25 September 2016, 15:48   #23
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What a lot of pish ...
Pish in that it didn't happen, or pish in that it shouldn't happen, or pish in that I'm making it up to get attention?
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There is an exception to the length limit for indivisible loads. I will find it for you..

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1.../made/data.pdf

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So the length rules don't apply to any trailer designed to carry a specific load (boat trailer, glider, etc etc)? Fair enough. Thanks for that.

I guess that wouldn't stop a 7m caravan falling foul though. And as Dubrus says has no baring on the recovery company's requirements .
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Old 25 September 2016, 16:00   #25
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We're confusing two issues here.

Their refusal to recover a trailer with an overall length over 7mtrs is not because the trailer isn't road legal.

My friend is an RAC recovery truck driver and they are not allowed to recover a trailer with an overall length over 7mrs. RAC rules....nothing to do with the law.

If it was a legal issue, Green Flag wouldn't be able to flout the law just because you are a member of the Caravan Club and gave them an extra wedge of cash.

This is where my fight with Green Flag started. When I signed up I ask what their trailer policy was. I was told "they would recover any trailer that I was lawfully towing" then I read the small print, phoned them.....their story had changed and I was refunded the balance of my subscription.
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So the length rules don't apply to any trailer designed to carry a specific load (boat trailer, glider, etc etc)? Fair enough. Thanks for that.

I guess that wouldn't stop a 7m caravan falling foul though. And as Dubrus says has no baring on the recovery company's requirements .
as LT says above, the trailer is legal but that has sod all to do with being recovered unfortunately.

i have read people here being recovered when needed but i don't know if that was before rules changed (if they did?) or they had bit of luck with the recovery truck or W.H.Y, all i know is none of them would recover me when i told them the total length of the trailer/boat (just under 8m). the exception to this was greenflag relay but you need to join the caravan club to get that.
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Anyway, How did jhoughton get on with his Trailer at the start of the thread ??
Mind you he didn't really give an alot of info so people could comment on it ??
where abouts in wales is the trailer ?
wheres he from ??

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Hi all, I launched our rib in Wales in August and, as we launched, so one of the wheels floated to the surface! It turned out the bearing had got so hot the whole wheel had parted company with the axle on the road and, when the weight of the boat was removed, the wheel fell off.

Anyway, we're trying to get it fixed and apparently the drum on the trailer is damaged beyond repair. I'm currently 250 miles from the trailer but I think it's an old version of a super roller coaster 10. Does anyone know how different the drums are between the different roller coaster trailers/have a recommendation for someone to source these from?
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i think the 7 metre thing with the recovery company's is simply that all the local garages that are used by greenflag and the majority of the rac trucks ect cannot physically carry anything longer and they would have to organise a longer flatbed/low-loader ect .my total length of osprey 5.6 on a roller coaster 3 is exactly 7 metres and it only just fit on the recovery wagon
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Anyway, How did jhoughton get on with his Trailer at the start of the thread ??
Mind you he didn't really give an alot of info so people could comment on it ??
where abouts in wales is the trailer ?
wheres he from ??
Thanks! Sorry for not giving enough detail; here's another go.

In brief, the wheel fell off. I can't quite work out from a distance how the trailer wheels work (i.e. what sits inside what) and so don't know exactly what parts I need to get hold of. The mechanic said it needed a new drum. Does the bearing sit inside the drum? In which case, do I need a new drum, bearing and hub?

I've had a good scour of the Indispension website and can't work out what I need to buy!

Hope that's clearer. We're in Aberdovey. Thanks for any advice. Have enjoyed following the conversation about the trailer length/lights issue!

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If you ring indespension Uk and give them the vin no from the trailer plate found on the drawbar not the one on the coupling they should be able to identify the drum required which may come with a bearing installed
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