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Old 01 February 2013, 19:31   #41
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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
Good Oh

Got a square number plate on the landy, so shall be going for that, looks like my jobs sorted!

Just one more question, Do you need a reversing light on the trailer???

If so will need to buy a seperate unit, as the majority of the units that I want do not seem to have one!

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Old 02 February 2013, 01:04   #42
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Reversing lights are not compulsory.

There is no provision for a supply in the standard wiring of the 12n 7 pin plug. Reversing lights are supplied via the 12s plug (normally grey in colour). Hence if you do want reversing lights you will need to have the 12s socket on the car side. This brings its own problems...

The standrd for the 12s includes a live supply usually to power a fridge and or charge a battery in the trailer. This supply must be fed via a split charge relay to ensure the vehicle battery is not depleted. This means you need a heavyish (30amp) cable from the battery to that the 12s socket. This all gets so involved the 12s is often not fitted. Consequently reversing lights are often not used.

Phew!
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looks like reversing lights are out then, saves me a penny or two
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As far as I know under the lighting regulations, any trailers over 6m are required to have a reversing light fitted.

I ended up fitting a euro 13 pin socket to the 110 to work all the separate lights and allow me to trickle charge the boat batteries on the move.
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As far as I know under the lighting regulations, any trailers over 6m are required to have a reversing light fitted
Oooh good. Another potential illegality for me

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It is certainly an advantage to have full connections, either 13 pin or 12n + 12n as it allows power into the trailer to charge the boat battery, run a fridge or whatever.

I have been meaning to fit a 12s socket to the Volvo fsince I got it - because I do pull a caravan (don't shoot me!)

However the Volvo electrics are notoriously fickle, but, on the plus side, the battery is in the boot which makes the live cable easier. Still need a lighter cable to the alternator though.

As if I didn't have enough to do the boat itself!!

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Oooh good. Another potential illegality for me

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As far as I can see there is no legal requirement to have a reversing light on any vehicle. If one if fitted there are specifications in the Lighting Regs but not they are in a table headed "optional" and they aren't obviously specified in the mandatory sections.
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We have a string of cheapo led white lights from e bay on the forward face of the trailer board each end behind where the rear light is . Easy to wire thru, may or may not be legal, but with black boats on dark roads it helps others, including pedestrians, see whats coming...plus I can see that the trailer board is actually still there in place and that the lights have power. They dont last forever, but then again trailer boards in general........
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Anyone seen or tried these?

http://www.rockfitirl.com/default.html

Looks the business.
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Scanned through this thread and surprised no one has had a good moan about the car/board connector!? I get nothing but problems, have replaced plastic with metal connectors annually strip them down (car and board) for a good clean and within weeks I'm wiggling the f...... connector again!! have I missed a trick? is there some sort of remedy I'm not aware of??
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