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Old 14 October 2008, 15:24   #1
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Prop Bag

Just realised I've forgotten to get one. And I'm mad busy with 4 portraits and a portfolio so will be working/editing in to the wee hours of Friday night. Pick up the boat Saturday Morning and setting off early. So I'm a bit stumped for going out and buying one and I refuse to use cards (long story involving Females in my house. Saying nothing more) so buying one on the net would be out and paypal will take to long.

GET TO THE POINT!!!

What does the Law say? Does it have to be a specially made bag or can I rape a Sainsbury's orange carrier bag around it?
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Old 14 October 2008, 15:37   #2
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For the most part for what you are doing.. only common courtesy says you have to put anything on it .. but as Nos said elsewhere recently, grab a hi viz vest and it would be fine. Your objective is just to warn that you have a protrusion from the end of your vehicle/trailer, but you are allowed a good amount before special markers are neccessary .. and if you cant find a Hi Viz vest .. speak to a builder .. cos right now .. they dont need theirs as much

Ofcourse all IMHO last time I checked, but everything changes rapidly these days, perhaps someone else can confirm
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can I rape a Sainsbury's orange carrier bag
Whatever floats your boat!

Seriously, it is the law I believe, but anything brightly coloured will do.
How far away from home is it?

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Old 14 October 2008, 16:31   #4
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Well wife's just had baby number 7, carrier bags don't sound too bad..ohhh better stop there

Google says 186 miles but it will be more as I would like to avoid motorways on the first part of the return trip until I'm satisfied the trailer is OK.
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Not sure if a free Sainbury's carrier bag will survive nearly 200 miles at 50-60 mph.

Some people use a brightly coloured bucket.

I think if you have made an effort to make it visible you are unlikely to be stopped for it but I did read something recently that suggested it was because the prop is sharp rather than protruding that it should be covered with with something tough?
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its also supposed to protect against sharp protrutions ,within reason ,ie skeg and propeller if a cyclist was to fall against it or run into the back of you .,i use the hood of an old dayglo coat the type work men use .
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Some people use a brightly coloured bucket.
You could drop in at your nearest B&Q on the way down - I think they are still doing their orange buckets for 1
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Old 14 October 2008, 17:29   #8
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I've got a B&Q orange bucket in the shed. But they aren't made very strong so wouldn't be too confident of being able to tie it on and not see it hit a truck windscreen half way home.
I'm going to have to see if I can get down to Liverpool in between things this week.
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I was stopped by the Police (see Clyde run thread) on the way home a few weeks ao on another matter and they checked over the trailer. I hadn't got around to buying anything for the aux at that time and it had a plastic bag round it. They never batted an eyelid about it.
AFAIK the prop needs to be covered no matter whether it sticks out or not but I had never heard if it needs to be anything specific, just having the blades covered seems to cover the law.
If it sticks out as a projection then it needs to be marked with a brightly coloured markers in addition to this, usually both issued are covered by using a bright nylon prop bag.
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I was stopped by the Police (see Clyde run thread) on the way home a few weeks ao on another matter and they checked over the trailer. I hadn't got around to buying anything for the aux at that time and it had a plastic bag round it. They never batted an eyelid about it.
AFAIK the prop needs to be covered no matter whether it sticks out or not but I had never heard if it needs to be anything specific, just having the blades covered seems to cover the law.
If it sticks out as a projection then it needs to be marked with a brightly coloured markers in addition to this, usually both issued are covered by using a bright nylon prop bag.
I've got a prop bag for the main but never had one for the aux as it sits in between the toobs and the main
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