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Old 14 January 2013, 18:39   #31
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Luke: When I started with trailers I used to go to a big industrial estate at night when it was quiet and practice reversing.

round corners into parking spaces etc, as has been said better than learning on a crowded slipway, with everyone looking .
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Old 15 January 2013, 04:01   #32
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So from reading it all it seems ok to tow, i just need some practice obviously! I also emailed dorset police last night & they replied with the same link to directgov & they said "going by the details it would appear to be ok to tow your boat"
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Old 15 January 2013, 04:33   #33
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thats not quite what I said though... I think its 50% of KERB weight (which is something like empty car+driver+fuel) rather than GVW which is fully laden.
Yes, apologies. I stand corrected.

Moral of the story - beware what you read on internet forums! The writer may have partaken of a beer before posting...
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Old 15 January 2013, 12:51   #34
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Looks like i wont be towing for a while anyway! The engine service is getting more and more expensive
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Old 15 January 2013, 13:05   #35
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Luke,
Despite what we all say, it appears that we know less than the cops. Go to somewhere that sorts you out without having to rely on photocopies of bumpf in your glovebox.
Insist on the right information and don't leave until you get it. DVLA test centre is good.
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Old 15 January 2013, 14:28   #36
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The law is fairly simple on this, anyone with a Cat B (car) licence can tow a trailer with a GVW upto 750kg without having to take an additional test. It is only when you go above 750kg that things start getting more complicated.
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The law is fairly simple on this, anyone with a Cat B (car) licence can tow a trailer with a GVW upto 750kg without having to take an additional test. It is only when you go above 750kg that things start getting more complicated.
Provided that their car is suitable.
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You're perfectly safe and legal to tow, even with the Saxo, have a thorough read on the www.gov.uk website - it's even got information on safe towing. Just make sure the MAM of your trailer is under 750kg.

I drive a 1.4L Fiesta which has a rated tow capacity of 900kgs and I've towed several different trailers and weights with it no problems.

My towbar was 30 second hand off eBay, fitted myself in about 30 mins, had it checked and wired in by a mobile fitter for an extra 15.

If you're planning on launching with it, it's worth practising reversing in an empty car park, for me when I started it was just towing in a straight line - so I've only recently had to practice reversing!

I'd recommend letting the insurance company know you're towing as well. There's no increase in premium or excess, but it's safer they have it on file.

Good luck.
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Just checked the Citroen Saxo (99-03) 1.4 (75bhp) tow limits for braked and unbraked online and its inconclusive? The DVLA registration document (V5) is key to solving this Columbo mystery!
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Or you could wait till you get pulled, most cops haven't a clue about trailer law anyway........
The other alternative is grow your hair long and wear a short skirt, its the only possible explanation for my missus getting stopped and let off with a "get your husband to fix it" instead of a 60 fixed penalty like one of my workmates for the same fault last week.
He had one rear bulb out. When my wife got home I found no fewer than six lights out around the car including both main brake lights, one front sidelight, one rear light, one reversing light and the rear foglamp.
Either he was blind or she was wearing a low cut blouse that day.........
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