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Old 24 December 2005, 06:28   #31
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Cookee,

Yes, its not great. I think the problem is that the RIB is very back heavy on the trailer, the inboard diesel weighs over half a tonne. The trailer problem is that I can only move the axle back about an inch before the swingarms foul.

While it used to be quite frightening, the wobble has imporved since all the kit has gone on - as most of it is forward of the engine bay and has helped to increase nose weight (as has 270 litres of fuel) - but the really alarming thing is that you can be rock solid at say 60 mph, and a lorry will go by and set it off - and at times you wonder if it's ever going to stop!!

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Old 25 December 2005, 06:24   #32
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Doug. If you are going to stick 3.5 ton on the back of your Landie I'd be wary!

It's a short wheelbase and at that weight they have a tendancy for the tail to wag the Dog. Is the tow for a long distance and are you earning out of it. If it was I'd consider hiring a 7.5 tonner or a big Sprinter. Pitters of West end do em with tow hooks. You get around the weight problem and they are much finer on the motorway!

whatever you use however I'd get a pair of long vehicle plates for the back of the trailer.

Before all the Solihull Soldiers pop out of the woodwork and defend Landies I've got one myself and I love it but I wouldn't tow 3.5 tonnes behind it willingly again!
I tow 3,500 kg with a new TD5 Defender (with ECU bhp & torque upgrade by Van Acker) and it tows like a dream, in Europe I do believe you can tow 4,500kg behind a Land Rover. The trailer and the set up of that is the very important thing, I certainly ensured it was done correctly and have 85kg on the hitch (the Landy max is 150kg). I use a 3,500kg braked Snipe trailer by the way.
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Old 25 December 2005, 06:53   #33
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.., in Europe I do believe you can tow 4,500kg behind a Land Rover. ..

Que? What makes you think that? You can exceed 3,500Kg in the Uk..if you have close coupled braking system added...4,000Kg.. I think...

..but 4,500Kg in Europe?
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Old 26 December 2005, 09:00   #34
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Que? What makes you think that? You can exceed 3,500Kg in the Uk..if you have close coupled braking system added...4,000Kg.. I think...

..but 4,500Kg in Europe?
Jono, someone mentioned it to me when I was talking about towing to SOF recently, cannot remember who. We were talking in a group about towing and taking extra equipment for a few weeks, I mentioned load capacity and was then told that when in France they did not have a 3,500kg limit so would be OK, but in hindsight if the manufacturer is saying 3,500kg perhaps sticking to that is sensible. After what you said I have searched the internet and find no detail of this, so perhaps they were confusing it with the coupled braking system. I hope someone else may read this who has heard about it and let us know more, but I know I would not feel comfortable towing 4,500kg with no upgraded brakes, and I guess the insurance would not be worth the paper it was written on if anything happened.
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Old 26 December 2005, 10:48   #35
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DGR,Would a caravan stabiliser bar help with your trailer handling if so you pay the postage and you can have one of the three i have.You would still need to buy though the towing bracket(hitch end &sliding plate thing)Offer also extends to other members.
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Old 26 December 2005, 11:13   #36
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DGR,Would a caravan stabiliser bar help with your trailer handling if so you pay the postage and you can have one of the three i have.You would still need to buy though the towing bracket(hitch end &sliding plate thing)Offer also extends to other members.
Yes I was also going to suggest that - most caravanners use them for the very reason he mentioned.
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Old 26 December 2005, 14:55   #37
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Absolutely right, Stu.. much better option.......unless.... check your licence... if your C1E category has a code of 107 after it... you’re limited to 8250 GTW.. I.e. 7.5 Tonner and 750 KG trailer.... People who passed there test before '97 ( I think) and haven't done trailer tests..got this code added .....
Now then, Jono. I've got a diving licence which is almost older than me and it says I'm licensed to drive groups A,E with no mention of the C, C1 etc. On the back, A is defined as 'Any motor vehicle other than a vehicle in Group X. See notes c'. Group X is a motor bike, road roller, tracked vehicle, invalid carriage and trolley vehicle. Note c is exclusion from driving a HGV & PSV.

Is my licence just out of date or am I privileged?
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Old 26 December 2005, 15:02   #38
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.....Is my licence just out of date or am I privileged?
Dunno... never understood them Roman licences... does it allow you to drive Bullock Cart? ... but only when laden with no more than ten bushells of wheat..or summat?
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....does it allow you to drive Bullock Cart? ... but only when laden with no more than ten bushells of wheat..or summat?
Yeh, it does. How'd you know that?

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