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Old 11 April 2007, 16:44   #11
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A typical 5.3m RIB and outboard with gear, fuel and trailer will IMHO weigh more than the 750 kgs limit for an unbraked trailer. You'll have to get the Rig weighed just to make sure.
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Old 11 April 2007, 16:48   #12
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Cool, will look into it....Thanks for answering all the questions guys!

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A typical 5.3m RIB and outboard with gear, fuel and trailer will IMHO weigh more than the 750 kgs limit for an unbraked trailer. You'll have to get the Rig weighed just to make sure.
I posted a thread on here a while ago on how to measure the weight without taking it to a weigh bridge.... ...will see if i can find it and post a link.

Beware whilst NO car can tow > 750 kg legally without brakes some cars are less - and it can depend on the exact "model" of car - so you need to check the manual or find the details on the manufacturers site. A quick google suggested that an A3 will be somewhere between about 640kg and 750kg.

here is the link http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=weight (post 9.)
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looks like a A3 should work...

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...highlight=audi
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A typical 5.3m RIB and outboard with gear, fuel and trailer will IMHO weigh more than the 750 kgs limit for an unbraked trailer. You'll have to get the Rig weighed just to make sure.
My 5.4 Searider with 90hp 2 stroke was under 750kg gross weight - had a purchaser wanting to know if his car would tow it. Cost me about £5 to put it on a weighbridge one evening - they can be found in yellow pages.
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Something I only just found out-a car can LEGALLY only tow up to half it's weight as an unbraked trailer-so you'd need a big car to tow a 5.3m on an unbraked trailer.
Not a lot of people realise it, but Nos is right. Unbraked, you can only legally tow 50% of the weight of the car.

Talken from the link he posted:-
"Type 01: unbraked trailers - max. 750kg gross trailer weight or half the towing vehicle's kerb weight - whichever is less. "

So for a 750kg rig, you have to have a pretty big car, like a vauxhall Omega or ford scorpion in the large saloon market or a 4x4. Freelanders for example come in at about 1500kg.
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My 5.3 BWM was very much over weight for the trailer. It did have a 90hp 4 stroke on but had three 1.5 jockeys and a rear bench as well as a 110 liter fuel tank.

So 350kgs for hull and seats, 195kgs for engine, 100kgs for fuel and 50 kgs of gear. The trailer was at least 150kgs I recon. I only did the 6 miles each way to the slip and wouldn't want to cover long distances with it. That's why with my new RIB I've gone for a 1250kg carrying capacity trailer for my next RIB, just to make sure
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My C-max will tow 1300kg (with brakes) so i imagine an A3 will be in the region of 1500kg...
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Will, to give you some idea, my Pug 106 will tow 400 kgs unbraked and 750 kgs on a braked trailer. As mentioned you need to do a bit of research and choose the right car / rib combination.

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Regardless of the legalities, I'd have thought a biggish trailer behind a smaller car would arouse plod's suspicion more than anything - ie if it looks wrong they're more likely to look at it.
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