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Old 21 July 2017, 10:32   #1
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Trailer towing legalities

Hi all,

Can anyone help me settle this. I can't get a good answer out of any official bodies.

My car can tow 660kg unbraked. I am looking to buy a trailer with a gross total weight of 750kg. I'll put my boat on it, and the whole thing, boat and trailer, will weigh 600kgs.

Can I tow that trailer with my car.

The licensing is irrelevant. I've done my trailer test. It all comes down to whether I can tow a trailer which technically could be loaded to a higher weight than my car can tow, though I won't be towing that weight.
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Old 21 July 2017, 10:39   #2
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Yes you can tow that trailer.

You are well within legal limits.

They are much higher than the limits that are recommended by your manufacturer.

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Licences issued from 1 January 1997
If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg
https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/what-you-can-tow
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Thank you very much for the reply.

My question was more on the weight of the trailer in comparison to the towing weight of my car.

So the car can tow 660kg. The trailer and boat weighs 600kg. BUT the trailer has a plated max weight of 750kg.

In the view of the law - do they take the actual weight , or the plated weight.
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Old 21 July 2017, 10:47   #4
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MTPLM subject of much debate on caravan forums.

Bottom line: You should be fine.

If you are caught in a DVLA check they weigh your axles and only the worst offenders are ever prosecuted. 50Kg or so will be going through the towball anyway.

They take the measured weight while attached to the car and compare to the plated weight of the car.
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Yes you can tow trailer and boat without any issues.
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Old 21 July 2017, 12:53   #6
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My understanding is that for licensing purposes it goes on MAM, but for everything else it's actual weight.
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Just buy a new plate that shows 660kg
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My understanding is that for licensing purposes it goes on MAM, but for everything else it's actual weight.
This is my understanding as well. You need B+E if the MAM is over 750kg, but the weight you are interested in in relation to the limit in the tow vehicle handbook is the actual laden weight, not the MAM on the plate.
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This is my understanding as well. You need B+E if the MAM is over 750kg, but the weight you are interested in in relation to the limit in the tow vehicle handbook is the actual laden weight, not the MAM on the plate.
It's not that simple you can without B+E tow a combined MAM of 3500kg split between car and trailer so if car with MAM 2500kg you can tow a trailer MAM of 1000kg without B+E, if vehicle MAM is 3500kg you can still tow trailer 750kg (total 4250kg) without B+E but not car MAM 3000kg and trailer MAM 1250kg for example.
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