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Old 01 February 2013, 05:12   #31
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But has anyone actually been stopped for making their trailer more visible??

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Mine is mounted on the A frame, I actually stopped by a police car that had parked up and asked them about this, they said they would prefer it to be in the best place to be seen rather than technically legal and less visible. Mine is staying on the A frame.
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Mine is mounted on the A frame, I actually stopped by a police car that had parked up and asked them about this, they said they would prefer it to be in the best place to be seen rather than technically legal and less visible. Mine is staying on the A frame.
Until you drive out of Hampshire police jurisdiction and the neighbouring police force are looking at improving revenue and use the legal rule to fine you.

Agree with what they are saying though but having worked in the police Market in the past all forces have their own local revenue spinners.
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Old 01 February 2013, 06:07   #33
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Trailer Board on Boat

On a previous boat (not a RIB) I had the board mounted on the bathing platform. Took boat to Scotland (from Salisbury) many times, never had a problem. Picture attached (I do miss that boat!).

And, in any case, what does "attached" mean?

If the board is attached to the boat which is attached to the trailer - you get my drift. I know this is pedantism gone mad but it is the answers to such questions that the Court uses to decide if you have committed an offence.

Obviously when the trailer is use without the boat, the board is then attached to the trailer.
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My belief is that number plate & lights must be attached to the trailer not the load
Not true - if you read the regs in detail :zzz: boats are an exemption. Otherwise every single dinghy on the road would be illegal.

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and the height of the lights must be between 35 and 150 cms from the ground.


There are different height restrictions for different lights & the triangle reflectors. Some are unrestricted (which is why you see lorries & vans with the number plate above the back door, but the lights still at "normal" height)


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As it happens I am building a lighting board at the moment.

As other posters have said the ones generally available are, a) crap, and b) too short. I need a 2m one with a 8m cable.

I have sourced the lights from a lorry breakers. The ones on lorries are of much superior quality. I got a secondhand set for 15. Bought triangles, cable and plug from EBay for 12.

The big problem is the plastic board, I have had considerable trouble finding a suitable board. I have just found one from Greenhams, it goes under the name "Big Brother" barrier. Waiting for it to arrive.

I intend to make a custom mount so I can attach it to the A frame on the RIB. Probably a couple of bungees.

I have also sourced a number plate holder from a agricultural trailer supplier. This allows the number plate to be changed easily.

I haven't saved any money, but I will have a trailer board to my exact requirements.

Ian Wilson

Yep, did that for my SR trailer. I just used a 1/2" Plank & screwed trunking to the back. Put a socket o nthe back of the baord as well so it was much weasier to remove & coil the cable.

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No, but the board must be on the trailer not the load.
No! See above.

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How about splitting the lights and number plate.

On my (and most, I am guessing) trailers it should be possible to mount a small board either side on the extendable trailer board arms.

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Just a thought, and there is probably something illegal about it, but worth a try if it is allowed?

Gary
Nothing wrong with that. Regs have nothing about the position of the plate. (look at the back of vans & busses - classic examples.



I'm in the porcess of doing something not too dissimilar to the photos above - submenrsibles using those Auzzie LED lights, (have CE markings on the lens) with a much cut doen board on the A- frame with number plate, High level brake & reversing lamps. I looked at numerous geometries to get the' plate down there as well, but I have a few geometric PITAs when reversing into the garage that mean I was incredibly area restrained in order to keep within the 1m overhang rule, and as said already, the engine obscuired the only sensible place to put the number plate.

Why bother if a board stil lhas to be removed? - Simply the board on the frame is not much longer than a number plate, and well clear of the road. So not only will it be a LOT cleaner when I put it in the boot, it will actually fit the boot!

As said above, it takes 20 odd seconds to remove a board. But a 2m plank covered in road cr@p that has to go inside the car and against the seats is a PITA. It wil lstil ltake me 20 seconds to remove, but will not cause so much hassle when it meets the car!

Photos will follow once I've preserved the wood & assembled it all.
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From memory, the biggest problem with attaching your lighting board to the A frame (I mount mine about half way down) is the height of the triangular reflectors - which can be easily resolved by adding some additional triangular reflectors to the rear of the trailer mudguards (another job on the list ...).
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This pictures shows the position of the number plate, light pod and rear of the trailer to better effect.

The bar across the back slides off and stores on the front of the trailer. It stops the engines getting nudged by anything (and yes it gets prop bags put on each engine on the road).

The bar is under a metre from the lights so it keeps it all legal.
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Not true - if you read the regs in detail :zzz: boats are an exemption. Otherwise every single dinghy on the road would be illegal.





There are different height restrictions for different lights & the triangle reflectors. Some are unrestricted (which is why you see lorries & vans with the number plate above the back door, but the lights still at "normal" height)





Yep, did that for my SR trailer. I just used a 1/2" Plank & screwed trunking to the back. Put a socket o nthe back of the baord as well so it was much weasier to remove & coil the cable.



No! See above.



Nothing wrong with that. Regs have nothing about the position of the plate. (look at the back of vans & busses - classic examples.



I'm in the porcess of doing something not too dissimilar to the photos above - submenrsibles using those Auzzie LED lights, (have CE markings on the lens) with a much cut doen board on the A- frame with number plate, High level brake & reversing lamps. I looked at numerous geometries to get the' plate down there as well, but I have a few geometric PITAs when reversing into the garage that mean I was incredibly area restrained in order to keep within the 1m overhang rule, and as said already, the engine obscuired the only sensible place to put the number plate.

Why bother if a board stil lhas to be removed? - Simply the board on the frame is not much longer than a number plate, and well clear of the road. So not only will it be a LOT cleaner when I put it in the boot, it will actually fit the boot!

As said above, it takes 20 odd seconds to remove a board. But a 2m plank covered in road cr@p that has to go inside the car and against the seats is a PITA. It wil lstil ltake me 20 seconds to remove, but will not cause so much hassle when it meets the car!

Photos will follow once I've preserved the wood & assembled it all.
Looks like I stand corrected mate
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Cut and paste from above ...

9. The number plate on the trailer must be identical in shape, and colour to that on the towcar.

I can understand the colour thing, but the shape? Why?

What a load of bollocks
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Aye, I looked at a square "bike" plate, but it wasn't going to fit either! (well, not without being snapped by either the boat, the garage floor / door pillar!)
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9. The number plate on the trailer must be identical in shape, and colour to that on the towcar.

I can understand the colour thing, but the shape? Why?

What a load of bollocks
Agreed - how does that work for horse trailers?

nothing about it here: http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/trailers/number_plates.aspx

or here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2.../contents/made
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