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Old 20 March 2014, 18:05   #1
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Vehicle unbraked towing weights

Does the maximum unbraked towing capacity of the tow car need to be greater than

1. The actual weight of trailer, boat, engine, fuel and all kit in the boat

2. The plated max gross weight on the trailer

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Old 20 March 2014, 18:20   #2
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Not sure but think an unbraked trailer has to weigh less than the unladen weight of the tow car & its compulsory to have a safety chain fitted .
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Old 20 March 2014, 18:46   #3
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Think its 750kg max unbraked have a look here it's an Aus site but same weights http://www.beadelltours.com.au/tow.html
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Does the maximum unbraked towing capacity of the tow car need to be greater than

1. The actual weight of trailer, boat, engine, fuel and all kit in the boat

2. The plated max gross weight on the trailer

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Have you got a tow car in mind that actually states an unbraked towing capacity?
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Old 20 March 2014, 20:13   #6
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Think its 750kg max unbraked have a look here it's an Aus site but same weights http://www.beadelltours.com.au/tow.html
750 kgs unbraked is a maximum only if the tow vehicle is heavy enough , Primary regulation is that unbraked has to weigh Less than half the tow car unladen weight eg
Tow vehicle 1000 kgs trailer 500kgs
Tow vehicle 800 kgs trailer 400kgs
Tow vehicle 1500 kgs Trailer 750 kg
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750 kgs unbraked is only a maximum if the tow vehicle is heavy enough , Primary regulation is that unbraked has to weigh Less than half the tow car eg
Tow vehicle 1000 kgs trailer 500kgs
Tow vehicle 800 kgs trailer 400kgs
Tow vehicle 1500 kgs Trailer 750 kg
Thats rubbish

Plated weights for each vehicle are type approved & vary by manufacturer. What your thinking of is caravanners "rules" which are neither law or type approval just their own made up rules based on safetu assumptions
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Thats rubbish Plated weights for each vehicle are type approved & vary by manufacturer. What your thinking of is caravanners "rules" which are neither law or type approval just their own made up rules based on safetu assumptions
Might be made up for caravans but not trailers ,
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Unbraked max. is 750kg gross trailer weight or half the towing vehicle's kerb weight - whichever is less
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Our posts must've crossed, you are correct m chappelow

The caravanner's thing is 85% of the kerb weight of the vehicle. which is just a recommendation from the caravan club, not law. That part you're correct on cptsideways
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