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Old 25 November 2009, 10:42   #31
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||Having been on the wrong end of a trailer related accident where weights etc were not correct I would advise that you do not attempt to tow unless all is legal. The police will have a field day if they find anything wrong and your insurance will be void too.
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It's all very well till you have an accident. If someone was hurt you could go to prison! I am also sure that your insurers would cancel your policy if they knew!
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Old 25 November 2009, 14:18   #32
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In my case the Police were pushing my insurance co to declare that I was uninsured , Norwich Union bless them! stuck with me despite constant agro from the police .They had every opportunity to void my policy but they never waivered . I will always insure with them if possible .
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trailer weights

hi, been away for a while and missed this, - just to put my bit to all the interest; I've got a 5.8 destroyer, and posted a thread recently after visiting a weighbridge - Humber reckoned almost exactly what the weight would be, - 800kg - boat, engine (yam 90 2 stroke ) anchor, chain, 100 litres fuel, aux =20kg, single deluxe console, and 2x twin jockey seats, add the trailer at about 300kg -
since then I've gone onto a slightly heavier trailer = 400kg, - so towing weight, if everything is on is about 1200kg

my feeling is like everyone else who when they stop and think about it - its what damage you could do to others/ yourself etc if it all went wrong, you just have to look at such events over the last year of trailer accidents - I don't need myself to be adding to the potential for more - so I always tow with a braked trailer, and am very respectful of the way that the rig could react if I braked - would it still follow the car, or would the car follow it - until recently I'd never looked exactly at the fuel consumption with / without the trailer - without I get just over 50mpg, but when towing, it comes in at 26mpg
when you look at the potential damage/ liability of trailers, we need to become more trailer geeky, - I'm using a book recommended by Rogue and its excellent - too many of us just expect to hitch up and go - always nice, but not really working for lots of us.

oh, and just to throw something else in - your insurance for your trailer is probably only third party - mine adds about 20 a year to make it fully comp.

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What will happen if I excced max towing weight on the car

If you want a weigh bridge on Anglesey try C.M.P Quarrys between Brynteg & Llangefni.Otherwise the ministry have a nice one at Holyhead but you usualy get invited onto that one!
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Cheers, boat is near the police one at the end of the m56 so may pop up and ask there
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Cheers, boat is near the police one at the end of the m56 so may pop up and ask there
if you are over limit is driving home from there a problem?
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"Thieves should have a finger cut off for each theft. Rightly or wrongly it would reduce crime. For miscarriages of justice, a pinky finger is a small price to pay for the benefits. It is unlikely you get accused and charged wrongly more than once is it."

So does that apply to people who tow illegally and uninsured who may have an accident and wipe out innocent people??????

I don't think there is any doubt that the 330 has the ability to tow your rig but you would be mad to do so. Keep the BM but buy an old Disco just for towing, it will be cheaper in the long run.
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Old 27 November 2009, 03:15   #38
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if you are over limit is driving home from there a problem?
Driving home should be no problem because if the boat is over weight he will have to leave it there



Paul, Is your trailer a 1500kg as described or is it a 1300kg. I think it is more likely to be 1300, if you are using the 1300kg, I am sure you will be over weight
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if you are over limit is driving home from there a problem?
That was what I was thinking so will pop up first and ask, only 1.5 mile away, sure they would help if being upfront. How else do they expect you to check.
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"Thieves should have a finger cut off for each theft. Rightly or wrongly it would reduce crime. For miscarriages of justice, a pinky finger is a small price to pay for the benefits. It is unlikely you get accused and charged wrongly more than once is it."

So does that apply to people who tow illegally and uninsured who may have an accident and wipe out innocent people??????

I don't think there is any doubt that the 330 has the ability to tow your rig but you would be mad to do so. Keep the BM but buy an old Disco just for towing, it will be cheaper in the long run.
Fingers for theives!!!! Toes for uninsured drivers!!
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