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  1. Well said. What is the point of leaving an old plate on the vehicle if a new plate reflecting up- or downplating is displayed? It only serves to confuse.
  2. As laid down in the respective legislation and as documented in the V5c, the towing limit is based upon the ability to restart on a 12% gradient. However, this is only a minimum requirement. Manufacturers are perfectly at liberty to specify higher towing limits at less severe gradients and several do, usually for 8% and sometimes 10% gradients as well. Note that the gross train weight limit remains unchanged whatever the towing limit.
  3. No, a statutory plate displaying the MAW was already required under the old legislation. With the introduction of whole vehicle type approval for caravans in 2014, further weight details were added to the requirement - the noseweight limit and the axle load limits. Maximum Allowable Weight was then renamed Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass, MTPLM.
  4. OK, I misunderstood your statement when you said, "there should be an additional plate or sticker added when the upgrade was applied". But there is a legal requirement that the valid MTPLM is is displayed on the statutory plate, whether it has previously been upgraded or not.
  5. What would the need to display the date achieve? One can never rely on the accuracy of a MIRO supplied by the manufacturer as MIRO, by definition, is only the weight of the caravan that was submitted for type approval, not that of the caravan in question. It wouldn't make much sense anyway as more often than not the ex-works weight is seldom the same as the actual unladen weight when in the hands of the end user.
  6. The manufacturer's limit only covers his product liability and warranty. It is not a legal limit. Several manufacturers quote different towload limits depending on whether the outfit has to negotiate 8%, 10% or 12% gradients, but the gross train weight limit is always the same.
  7. The towing limit is the axle load of the caravan, not its total weight. Therefore, if your car has a towing limit of 1200kg then you can tow a caravan weighing 1250kg in total (MTPLM) so long as the noseweight is 50kg or more. However, you do need to watch that you don't exceed the gross train weight limit, as well.
  8. My understanding is that each pin is designed to cope with a maximum load of 20A.
  9. Caravans are no different to any other vehicle. W09 was TEC (a now defunct make) and the year of manufacture is given by the 10th digit.
  10. SAL is Land Rover, WF0 is Ford Germany, SAJ is Jaguar, WBA is BMW, for example. Most, but not all, vehicle manufacturer identifiers are 3 digit. Those beginning with SA to SM are reserved for UK manufacturers.
  11. Not if they are issued by the manufacturer. Manufacturer vehicle identifiers are always 3 digit.
  12. The number quoted fits in with standard VIN convention. VIN numbers for caravans are treated like any other vehicle.
  13. No, it's W0 (zero) anyway, not WO. W0L, for example, is Opel/Vauxhall.
  14. The year of manufacture is given by the 10th digit, in this case '1', indicting 2001. W09 is reserved for vehicles of German origin where the manufacturer produces less than 500 vehicles per year.
  15. A higher spec axle usually only means a very minor weight increase, usually around 5kg, seldom more than 20kg unless a completely different chassis is required. B96 licences are now being issued in the UK for alternatively fuelled vans, enabling one to drive a vehicle weighing 4250kg. Perhaps it is only a matter of time before such licences will be extended to cover electric cars, too.
  16. Driving licence restrictions aside for a moment, it's the actual weights of the trailer that count. Therefore, the towcar does not have to have a tow limit equal to or greater than the plated MTPLM of the caravan. The plated gross train weight just has to be greater than the sum of all actual axle loads and the tow limit should be greater than the actual axle load of the caravan, not its plated MTPLM.
  17. The axle load limit on the statutory plate could be less than the limit shown on the axle. That's why I said the plate on the axle is of no significance to the end user.
  18. The one on the axle is of no significance to the end user. The label by the door is only an NCC requirement so it is only present anyway if the manufacturer is a member of the NCC. If the manufacturer is not a member there won't be such a label so there should be no reason to question a missing label.
  19. Or, in a case like the above, simply remove the label by the door. So long as all the details required by law are displayed on the statutory plate, (which will be the case), there is no need for a label by the door. There are no provisions for any such label in any legislation.
  20. No matter where you are, whether at home or abroad, infection rates are for the most part greatest in areas of high population density or where there are large congregations of people. That's why we've been touring this year in more out of the way regions and avoiding contact with others on the campsites where we have been staying wherever possible. With so many people reluctant to go abroad because of Covid, campsites at home have been too busy for our liking and we have felt safer going abroad. It's so much easier to keep clear of neighbours and the rest of the family when you're up in the h
  21. We've been more than lucky this year, having been able to travel abroad twice and returning each time only days before our destination was declared a high risk area and we would have had to quarantine when we got home. I think our luck is about to run out though and it's going to have to be a gloomy winter at home. There's no way we're going to use the caravan in the cold.
  22. At least you will be only the safe side, because mass in service is almost invariably less than kerbweight.
  23. Just as on the caravan, there must be a towbar type approval label on the car, either on or near the towbar, displaying the noseweight limit. Just be aware that a kerbweight in a handbook can only be a rough guide as the handbook is not specific to the vehicle in question.
  24. Correct. The noseweight limit for the car must be displayed on the towbar type approval plate and that of the caravan will be on its statutory plate, usually in the gas locker. Kerbweights will always vary as they are specific to each and every vehicle. Besides, manufacturers aren't obliged to quote actual kerbweights. Published figures are only there to give a rough guide.
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