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Old 13 October 2012, 11:55   #71
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But if in the sales contract there would be clearly stated its a yard trailer, not intended for public roads. Would it then really be a problem for the seller if the buyer decides to tow it away?
Well the law in Britain says yes. You need to believe it won't be used on the road not just you've told someone it shouldn't be used. I don't think you'd convince a court that you honestly believed it wasn't going to be used on the road if he turned up with no other means to get it home. That said, of course cars (and trailers) are sold all the time in unroadworthy condition and prosecutions are very unusual, especially of private sellers.

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its fine. ive towed a 3000 kg 35 ft RV, 4 tires and no brakes with a chevy v8 long bed pickup 4000 miles without any problems. just keep a huge following distance and brake gently. you will feel the trailer push the vehicle and use up your distance. as long as you think of your vehicle as a large train rather than a car it will be ok. drive carefully.
Zurk - your advice MAY be appropriate in north america with generally wide straight roads, and very large tow vehicles. I have no idea about the legality in Canada. In Wales (as with most of the UK), where the OP is planning to tow it the roads are narrow and twisty and nobody is claiming it would be legal - there is a good chance he would make the journey unharmed but there is a very real possibility that he gets stopped at a random check, or has a minor accident. The penalties are fairly significant, and could include loosing your license. The consequences of a serious accident could include prison and potentially living with the doubt that for the sake of fixing his breaks he's robbed a family of a loved one.

Perhaps the 'auxiliary engine' in your profile has nothing to do with boats?
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Old 13 October 2012, 12:01   #72
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Old 14 October 2012, 12:14   #73
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Well the law in Britain says yes. You need to believe it won't be used on the road not just you've told someone it shouldn't be used. I don't think you'd convince a court that you honestly believed it wasn't going to be used on the road if he turned up with no other means to get it home. That said, of course cars (and trailers) are sold all the time in unroadworthy condition and prosecutions are very unusual, especially of private sellers.
OK, fair enough. Sounds kind of tricky to sell used trailers that are not road worthy as You might end up in troubles You did not expect...

Over here any trailer intended for roads needs to be type approved, registered(trailers have own plates) and insured. If its braked, you need to do a MOT inspection every second year.

If You want to sell a road unsafe trailer, You will remove the plates. After that You are pretty safe responsibility wise if the next owner does anything stupid with it.
I always considered this pretty controlling attitude toward trailers annoying, but in some cases its maybe not so bad after all.
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Over here any trailer intended for roads needs to be type approved, registered(trailers have own plates) and insured. If its braked, you need to do a MOT inspection every second year.

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Same with tintents some right sh--e on the rd
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Chatting to someone today who said that all road trailers whatever their size have to be braked from next year due to EU ! Anybody heard that ??
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Chatting to someone today who said that all road trailers whatever their size have to be braked from next year due to EU ! Anybody heard that ??
Nah, don't panic, someone's pulling your leg

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