Originally Posted by Tim M
That's note quite accurate: trailer test is needed if the weight of the trailer (with the boat on it) is more than the unladen weight of the vehicle and you passed your test after 1997.
Unless your vehicle has a load rating on it's VIN plate that says it CAN tow above its own weight then you are restricted by DVLA's rule of thumb to 85% of the kerbside weight of the vehicle. (you measure this with 1/4 tank of fuel+the driver-no more). For example-my Isuzu Trooper had a max towing weight of 2500 kg and it said it on the vin plate-along with max VEHICLE veight of 2200kg whereas a 1994 Mondeo can only tow 940kg-even though the vehicle weighs significantly more than that.
If you want to tow a trailer of over 750kg MAXIMUM AUTHORISED MASS you WILL need a cat b+e licence(not c1 like I said earlier-my cockup)-whether the boat is on there or not. If you took your car test after 1997 then you will need to take a cat b+e test.
MAM is defined as the maximum TOTAL weight of the trailer including the load that it's carrying-ie just because it says a trailer is rated to 1200kg it DOESNT mean you can put a 1200kg boat on it-you can't unless it actually says PAYLOAD rather than MAM.
BTW I've got an HGV c+e too (obviously) and I've never hit a fiat or a house.
I have however reversed over a cripple carriage....
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