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  • 03-08-2017, 01:04
    28Chevy
    Quote Originally Posted by heavychevy View Post
    learnt a couple of things there, thanks!
  • 02-08-2017, 23:46
    heavychevy
  • 02-03-2016, 16:01
    English Impala
    Quote Originally Posted by 28Chevy View Post
    FFS the more laws are made the less we respect the law makers, glad I'm past the first flush of yoof...

    Bernard
    Yep, for once I'm pleased to have grey hair!!!!!!
  • 02-03-2016, 15:55
    28Chevy
    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    I've got a copy of the same letter. It is indeed correct BUT only for those with a B+E licence. Those with a B category licence (obtained after January 1997) are governed by plated weights, not actual weights, I also had this confirmed by the National Trailer Towing Association.
    FFS the more laws are made the less we respect the law makers, glad I'm past the first flush of yoof...

    Bernard
  • 02-03-2016, 15:46
    English Impala
    Quote Originally Posted by 28Chevy View Post
    The persistent rumour about people being fined for towing an empty trailer that's plated higher than the tow vehicles limit was mentioned in another thread. I replied saying that was no longer the case but couldn't find where I'd saved the document, found it now, too big to upload as a PDF here it is as JPEG, hope it's readable.

    Attachment 218426

    Bernard
    I've got a copy of the same letter. It is indeed correct BUT only for those with a B+E licence. Those with a B category licence (obtained after January 1997) are governed by plated weights, not actual weights, I also had this confirmed by the National Trailer Towing Association.

    I always carry a copy of that letter in the car, just in case "young plod" isn't as aware as the more senior plods!
  • 02-03-2016, 15:41
    28Chevy
    The persistent rumour about people being fined for towing an empty trailer that's plated higher than the tow vehicles limit was mentioned in another thread. I replied saying that was no longer the case but couldn't find where I'd saved the document, found it now, too big to upload as a PDF here it is as JPEG, hope it's readable.

    Attachment 218426

    Bernard
  • 02-03-2016, 14:47
    Magman
    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    The LR factory fitted removable towbar was recalled recently due to more than one of them falling off, some while towing! Corrosion in the socket appears to be the issue, the build-up preventing the removable ball from locking home properly.
    That sounds about right to be honest, quality engineering!
    Luckily mine's one of the old fashioned shin breakers
  • 02-03-2016, 14:39
    English Impala
    The LR factory fitted removable towbar was recalled recently due to more than one of them falling off, some while towing! Corrosion in the socket appears to be the issue, the build-up preventing the removable ball from locking home properly.
  • 02-03-2016, 13:31
    Magman
    An interesting aside on towbars and limits.
    Be careful with towbar manufacturers as it can vary the towing limits of the vehicle significantly. For example, I have a Discovery 2 with a factory fitted towbar which has a data plate on it showing a limit of 3500kg which also matches the vehicle data. A chap I know also has a Disco 2 but his has an aftermarket tow bar and that is only plated for 2300kg so, despite what it says on the vehicle data plate, it's really worth checking the tow bar data as well just in case.
  • 18-01-2016, 16:44
    malcc
    caravan clubs look at 85% of the kirb weight of car for maximum caravan weight loaded. if you've not got your car weight have a look in your area for public weigh bridges, I did my rod at a local steel works with a weigh bridge. best bets to get a tow bar thats got a detachable ball made, don't want to spoil the Mustangs looks or catch your shin, ouch!
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