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    Save on diesel with a Gemini 105MC
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    Audi Q7+
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    Fleetwood 640EB, Bailey Hunter 500/6

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  1. I wonder if anyone on the forum has fallen foul or has first hand experience of someone towing a slightly over length trailer and got pulled?
  2. I purchased a 2kw one from Amazon to be able to run a microwave in addition. The quiescent current was about the same as smaller units so why not? I added a second battery and used 50mm2 cables to minimise voltage drop.
  3. I wonder how long the A frame is because this is not included in the 7m towing limit. Many heavy tow cars could handle the MTPLM with ease up to 3500kgs. I wonder if there would be any DVSA or Plodd hassle? My neighbour used to tow a glider that was much longer than 7m. 1. The Law The law is complex. The construction and use of trailers is covered by the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 as amended by over 100 UK amendments and EU Directives. In addition various Road Traffic Acts and Driving Licence Regulations add to the complexity. Trailer Length and Indivisible Loads The legality of glider trailers exceeding 7 metres length being towed by private cars is occasionally misunderstood by insurers and others. In July 2012, the governments VOSA clarified the situation for the BGA, noting why glider trailers exceeding 7 metres in length can be towed by private cars and vans. A glider wing or fuselage is considered to be an indivisible load if it cannot practically be divided into two or more sections. A table in Regulation 7 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, as amended, contains the details of the maximum length permitted for various sorts of vehicle and trailer combinations. Item 9 of that table does normally restrict a trailer towed by a vehicle which is not a goods vehicle over 3500 kg GVW to a maximum length of 7m not including the towing hitch arrangements. However regulation 7 (3A) (a) dis-applies the requirements of that table in a number of areas including where a trailer is constructed and normally used for the conveyance of "indivisible loads of exceptional length". In this context "exceptional length" means longer than the regulations would normally permit. This exception would permit a trailer of perhaps 11m length specially constructed to carry indivisible loads such as a glider to be towed by a car or other vehicle which is not a goods vehicle over 3500 kg GVW. Note however that Regulation 7 (5) (b) still limits the length of (i) the towing vehicle to a maximum of 9.2m; and (ii) the length of the towing vehicle and trailer combination to a maximum of 25.9m unless special police notification, escorting and attendant requirements are complied with.
  4. What a load of old tosh. Fearmonger. I have an old non type approved 6'x4' trailer and I maintain it to a standard that it's not going to let me down. It can't even be insured. Things break, even on cars with a valid MoT.
  5. Wow good job car insurance extends to the caravan when towing then.
  6. Fantastic post PMW. It's all a matter of perspective Irishboy. Ok really disappointing for you but will be a therapeutic distraction from all the stuff going on around us. And when you've done it you will have a caravan of which to be proud and enjoy some great hols with your family.
  7. If anyone is away and takes their stockpile it makes the van a target to get broken into! Thief leaves the electricals and takes the loo roll 😂 Stay home
  8. The neighbours kids are playing football and accidentally kick the ball into my van making a dent. I'd certainly be looking for someone to pay. Insurance would certainly make life easier but so does the legal services provided by my union membership. I'd be looking at a small claims track if necessary. If it were my kid at fault I don't think my caravan insurance would cover the third party damage repair.
  9. I'm not the original poster GAS but you are right. Second opinions are always worthwhile.
  10. Grey area maybe? The caravan is not properly hitched and comes adrift causing damage. I think you would be covered. In my case the motor movers are always engaged to line up the wheel locks but I take your point.
  11. Your thinking is wrong. Like thousands of others my caravans are uninsured. Many people choose to take the risk of loss, maybe it's a low value caravan like our Bailey. I have a tracker on the Fleetwood and am even thinking of adding a second device. Show me an example of how someone could claim against me please? Would they would have to prove I was negligent in some regard? My motor insurance covers it while on the move. I still don't care. It's not being reckless it's my choice.
  12. Uninsurable? Who cares? Insurance is not mandatory. This would be reflected in the item value. Caravan has damp? Who cares? I could either live with it or do a repair to the extent I choose. Doesn't stop me from towing it or using it. This would be reflected in the item value. All caravans have problems, Everyone has their own idea of what they are prepared to buy/tolerate/repair based upon past experiences, fears, budget, confidence and ability etc etc. When I look at a damage repairable my first thought is can I get my money back even if adding little or no value? Second is how much time and effort am I willing to give even if I'm not selling it on. Third do I have the skills and resources available to complete the project and if not to where would I turn? Everyone to their own..
  13. Was just thinking the same. Top man!!
  14. Here's another walker. It would only affect the price after I made my repair and risk assessment. And another walker. Boy I'd love to be in an auction against you guys..
  15. I'm not giving a verdict at all but a general principle. I've been looking at accident damaged caravans and need to consider each on a case-by-case basis and give each close examination. Can only get a rough idea from photos. There's no time to get a professional assessment and several repair quotes. That's why the post was labelled 'Urgent help needed'. Maybe the owner did this already and has a bottom line? This type of purchase is not for the faint hearted, potentially high risk with possible high gains. I would be doing any repair myself. This is not possible for most folk. You make your choice and negotiate the price.. Not like I would be buying a car with complex and expensive mechanicals, but I'd consider this too if the price was right. Homework needed!
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