Originally posted by JAHNO
So can i be legal/ how can i be legal towing my new 9m pro sport on a twin axle trailer(under 3000kg)? with a 4x4 capable of towing (legally) 3000kg?
Yes, I don't see a problem.
Firstly, I assume in view of your job you passed your driving test prior to 1/1/97. (there are additional restrictions for new drivers).
Provided your trailer is not more than 2.3 metres wide and 7 metres long from the front of the winch post, and that your boat does not overhang the sides of the trailer by more than 305 mm either side (subject to a maximum width of 2.9 metres), or the rear of the trailer by more than 3.05 metres, then you are legal. This is, of course, subject to complying with the lighting regs and marking of overhangs etc already discussed. There are also type approval regulations for towing equipment which need to be adhered to (94/20EC) but these only apply to vehicles first registered on or after 1/8/98. ('S' Reg onwards).
There is no requirement for the trailer to be double axle but it would be unusual for a single axle trailer to exceed 1300 KGS MGW and highly unlikely that it would exceed 1800 KGs. As a manufacturer, it would have to be a very specific requirement for us to build a trailer outside those constraints.
I hope this puts your mind at rest.
Incidentally, I've spent part of my Sunday Afternoon reading the Police Foundations 'Towing Roadcraft' Manual. (Isn't life exciting?
This confirms my earlier comments. The only specific references to transporting boats amount to the marking of overhangs & projections, the fact that boat trailers don't need to comply fully with the Road Vehicles (lighting Regulations) 1989 and that most American Boat Trailers imported into the UK are illegal here (oh God, another can of worms
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