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  1. 5 hours ago, R0G said:

    I am fairly certain that the manufacturer of a trailer needs to be registered with a govt body in order to have a legal MAM plate on it



    That only applies if the trailer is going to be type approved, in which case the manufacturer would have to go through the Vehicle Certification Agency.

    GaryB1969 is correct, but it doesn't absolve the builder of the trailer of the necessity to apply a weight plate. How else would anyone during a vehicle check be certain that the MTPLM is not lower than the allowable axle load of a proprietary axle that may have been used to build the trailer?

  2. A plate displaying the MAM (now MTPLM) has been a requirement since well before whole vehicle type approval applied to trailers. If you build your own trailer then for all intents and purposes you have become a manufacturer in your own right and you have to display a plate with your name as the manufacturer and consequently also the MTPLM. Full product liability rests with you.

    It is totally possible, for example, that you have built a trailer with, say, a 1500kg axle, but due to other factors in its construction and design, is only safe for loads up to 1300kg (quite apart from the tyre load rating).


  3. The only time that I overrule the box of tricks is on long descents when I lock the transmission manually in a lower gear to take advantage of engine braking, but then I do that regardless of whether towing or solo. I feel it's all the more important when towing.

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  4. 36 minutes ago, Stevan said:

    Funny you should say that! I only changed to a Vauxhall (Antara) because there was no FIAT man enough to tow my intended caravan.


    When I bought my caravan the Antara was already out of production, so that wasn't an option. Besides, the most powerful diesel engine in the Antara only developed 163hp, which I figured was a bit meagre to pull an 1800kg caravan.

    27 minutes ago, PMW said:


    My mechanic loves Vauxhalls, he reckons they pay for his three weeks every year in the Caribbean ....


    I was shocked recently to find out that the Agila rates third most reliable car in the latest warranty index. So shocked in fact that I looked out the window in case there were four horsemen riding along the lane. It was then I remembered it's a rebadged Suzuki and the world made sense again. 


    Apart from the 9 Vauxhalls that I had, my wife had 3 Agilas in a row and none of them ever went back to the dealer other than for a regular service. She's now on her second Adam.

  5. It's going to be difficult without a possible military application. The volumes would be just too low to make the project economically viable. Even the Mercedes G Wagon only made it because it was developed primarily as a military vehicle. For purely civilian use it would have been prohibitively expensive.

  6. It is possible that they are only obliged to keep records for 10 years.

    Did you give them details of the VIN number of your caravan? That would make it a lot easier for Hobby to find the necessary documentation if it still exists.

    If none can be found, you may have to have a single vehicle approval carried out by the Centros de Inspeção Técnica de Veículos (CITV) in Portugal. They should be able to tell you the procedure that has to be followed.

  7. 13 minutes ago, WispMan said:


    I think the risks of getting the virus whilst on holiday away from home are so much higher.



    Judging by how empty the campsite is where we are staying here in France at the moment and how little contact we made on the way to our destination I would have thought that the risk couldn't be much less.

  8. 1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

    If your tyre was smoking it didn’t just fail without warning !!! It takes a huge amount of heat to get tyre rubber hot enough to smoke. It had been run under inflated for a fair while.



    A tyre will usually only start to smoke after it has blown. It will flex so much when deflated that it can even start to burn before one has had a chance to come to a standstill. I speak from experience because it happened to me.

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  9. 1 hour ago, AndersG said:

    Strange that it's so empty! We are on a site in Poland and its almost full. Two thirds are Polish and the rest are German. We are the only British van on the site.


    It's still as deserted as ever here on the campsite. It's absolute bliss. I can only imagine that it's so empty because so few French are on holiday at the moment and foreigners are perhaps still a bit wary of visiting France. Only about a dozen of the 90 or so pitches are occupied. The statics seem to be quite well booked, though.

  10. Caravan tyres already have quite a big margin of safety by virtue of the fact that they are never subjected to the sort of speeds that the tyres are rated at. Therefore even without an additional 10% margin on the load rating they should be adequate for the job. That 10% is really to allow for a difference in wheel load from left to right, which can be quite substantial on some models.

  11. 21 hours ago, PMW said:


    Sadly caravan manufacturers have not always designed caravans with any great consideration for loading and weight distribution, but they are getting better. The move away from big front lockers is a step forward.



    One shouldn't generalise. Without the spare wheel and gas bottles in the front locker my otherwise unladen caravan has virtually zero noseweight.

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  12. 9 hours ago, Lost in France said:


    We've just returned from 10 days in Confolens and the only restrictions on the (lovely) site was that every other sink and urinal was taped off and the staff wore masks and asked visitors to the office to do the same.


    Same here at La Colombière in Neydens except that the indoor swimming pool is closed. One is also asked to wait for a vacant cubicle outside the sanitary block.

  13. Well, we made it to our campsite in France yesterday. The drive there was pretty uneventful except for a couple of delays due to roadworks on the autobahn in Germany and traffic jams on the road around Geneva which forced us to drive straight through the city with the caravan in tow. The German/Swiss and the Swiss/French borders were fully open with no controls whatsoever. All day we saw very few caravans or motorhomes on the road - a handful in Germany but hardly any once we crossed into Switzerland.

    When we arrived at the campsite in Neydens we were told that all facilities were open except the indoor swimming pool and there was a requirement to wear a face mask when entering or leaving the restaurant, but otherwise one should just maintain the required social distancing (and there are ample reminders). Only about 10% to 15% of the regular pitches are occupied but the statics and the couple of pitches that they have with a private sanitary block are apparently fairly well booked. The vast majority of the few guests that there are are French. I only saw one Belgian motorhome and a couple of caravans and motorhomes from Switzerland.

    At the moment we don't have any immediate neighbours, the closest being three pitches further on. The sanitary block across the way looks as though it hasn't been used at all since it was cleaned last and they said that they do that four times a day. We had expected to find a bottle of disinfectant there though, so I guess we'll get some of our own when we go shopping this afternoon.


  14. 16 minutes ago, Hort2074 said:


    That's where the ombudsman comes in.


    They pay out to the injured party if adequate insurance isn't in place. Well, you do as the money is taken from the punter, i.e. a percentage of your premium goes into the ombudsman pot for such payouts.


    But surely only if the third party's assets are insufficient to meet the claim or if the third party that caused the accident cannot be established?

  15. Just now, Mr Plodd said:


    I was talking about the scenario where there is no insurance in place. 


    You cannot claim against an insurance policy that doesn’t exist can you??


    No, but you can still claim against the third party even if he doesn't have an insurance.


    I know of a case in the family where they had to file a civil claim against the uninsured third party that caused the accident. Their own insurance company didn't even want to know about the accident because it was clear that they were not to blame.

  16. 28 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

    If your vehicle is stolen, and the thief crashes it then its your insurers who are liable in respect of all the claims (injury to others plus damage to vehicles and or property) 




    Maybe, but surely your insurance would try to recover the claim from the thief?


    I'm a bit puzzled, because over here where I live, if there is absolutely no doubt that you are not to blame, your insurance doesn't even want to get involved and any claim must be made directly against the third party or his insurance.

  17. On 21/06/2020 at 19:31, treebs said:

    Can I just say we bought a brand new Lunar  from a main dealership in 2016 and it didn't have a plate fitted ! How it got out of the factory and through a PDI check is baffling. I'd been using it for months before I discovered the fact.


    Did you ask Lunar where they might have hidden it?

  18. 1 hour ago, Stevan said:

    3. Driving without a licence is also driving without insurance: Are we better off with drivers who cannot pass a test but have a licence and insurance, or unlicensed and uninsured drivers around.



    Surely, so long as there would be insurance coverage with a valid licence, third party coverage would still be ensured, but the insurance company could later recover the claim from the policyholder?

  19. One can mix and match components of different manufacturers so long as the technical provisions of the type approval are met, For instance, a towbar may only be fitted with a drop plate etc. if the manufacturer has approved such a combination. Whether the drop plate is of the same manufacturer or not is irrelevant.

  20. 26 minutes ago, Lost in the wilderness said:

    A decent dealer will check these things as part of duty of care.


    Quite frankly I don't think that one should pass the buck on to the dealer. Everybody should be held responsible for their own actions and it is their very own duty to inform themselves before embarking on a caravanning career.

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