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  1. All manufacturers producing type approved vehicles will use the same definition of MRO. Although it has changed over time so if still using an older approval there could be marginal differences. MRO does include fuel but at least 90% of the capacity. The manufacturer decides what level. It also includes the driver and fluids necessary for its propulsion. For a trailer it includes fuel (no determination of %tage) so a gas bottle would be included, and liquids fitted with standard equipment. So a wet heating system would be included but toilet water etc would not. The NCC however define this further to be NCC approved. They say Gas bottles, water in the water heater, and central heating, water in any storage tanks any essential fluids and the electrical hook up cable. This in my experience can cause confusion as a manufacture may declare quite legally the MRO through the type approval system but have a significantly different (higher) MRO reported within the NCC process. As the MRO is not on the statutory plate (its only on the C of C) and is the figure used for type approval it has in the past often been different to the NCC sticker applied by some manufacturers and therefore causes some confusion.
  2. Kerbweight is originally defined in the UK C and U regs as For a motor vehicle....the weight with no person, and a full supply of fuel in its tank, an adequate supply of other liquids incidental to its propulsion and no load other than loose tools and equipment with which it is normally equipped. For a trailer..... no person and is otherwise unladen. It's a bit wooley but you can see that there is a significant difference between this and the definition of MRO
  3. In your case the Statutory plate is the one in the gas locker. Lunar fit only a single plate by the door. The information at the bottom is additional and not part of the Statutory plate, it is added to comply with stipulations of NCC .
  4. Do you have a manufacturers plug in harness. Some Vauxhall and Ford cars have an electrical centre at the rear which the towbar harness plugs into. There are often additional relays and Fuses fitted here. The Vauxhall I had chaffed the harness where it passed through the rear bulkhead and kept blowing fuses. Took an age to find.
  5. It's unlikely that any buyer could afford to take on previous liabilities as that could be an unknown figure that could finish them before they have even started. Realistically the warranty is just a promise that Lunar made to their dealers who the pass the benefits on to their customers. As has been said before the customers contract is with the selling dealer. Being realistic the benefit is the continuity of production and supply of parts, drawings etc etc.
  6. How can you say you will beat off your competition by undercutting them, but then ask what the going rate is for the job? You would be far better to detail the quality of service you will offer, and the cost, and the thereafter gauge the responses you will inevitably get from this forum.
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    This is because they are convened conducted formally. It would be nice to think that some of the investigative work I've done in the past could be used in this way but in the eyes of the public they dont warrant it. I recently had to wait until 2am to witness a recovery of a HGV where the driver claimed a steering failure, as the cost in holdups etc was seen as prohibitive.
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    I often get involved in the post incident investigation, but honestly without being on the scene and being able to test or hypothesise and back that up with measurement and actual data speculation has little or no value at all. With high value assets such as air and rail, proper investigation are carried out and we all learn from them. With RTC unless theres a fatality the forensic investigations rarely occur and theres no central publicly accessible reporting system , in addition Insurance assessments are rarely thorough and as a result we rarely learn from them. On another subject " I think it's unfair to call motorists rubber neckers" as a result of a couple of fatalities involving emergency responders on European roads I took part in a study of incident dynamics. The conclusion in part showed that the way that incidents were conducted contributed to this effect. At the scene traffic approaching from a considerable distance, especially in the opposite direction sees a mass of lights etc , at that point they dont know if it is their side or the opposite so the natural reaction is to slow down, that causes a pulse effect as following traffic also slows, it's not specifically the case that people slow to look (although admittedly that is a human reaction) it's more to so with caution. Supplementary incidents on the opposite carriageway tend to happen initially about a quarter of a mile away as the first pulse slows enough to catch someone out. You may have noticed in some European countries they now erect screens and turn off the Blues especially those forward facing. This was as a result of the learning from this report.
  9. All breakaway cables are roughly the same length due to the design restrictions imposed by the design limits for the coupler and inertia device. When testing the installation for type approval the cable has to be sufficiently long enough to attach without compromising the movement of the coupler. The mass of the trailer is irrelevant as the brake has to apply with a force of less than 15kN
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    Passed this yesterday morning. Unusually it appeared to be at the top of an uphill section. https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/lane-reopens-on-a1-following-accident-at-grantham-9078771/
  11. For type approval(CAT N at least). ECE reg 46 theres a slightly different one for CAT M ,for UK law Construction and Use regulations 1986 as amended.
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    I've used PCP deals for a number of years, with Kia and it suits me I have a 20000 mile per year limit , 3 years servicing, and no deposit, or contribution from me. The dealer contribution was significant. They come to me every 3 years and I change the car. The final payment values have always been good, and In fact the allowance against the new car each time I've changed bas been higher meaning I've actually reduced the monthly payment over time. They allow you to fit approved towbars although strangely do warn you that it can adversely affect the residual. I've just removed mine each time I've switched. I did all the maths and at 3.9% and with a guaranteed future value it was a no brainer. One thing to remember is that it is a credit deal so if you usually deal in cash, paid of the mortgage etc you may find the terms vary.
  13. Drop plates are not illegal per se, but they do need to have a seperate type approval for example under R55. In reality for a "normal" road car it should not be necessary, the Type approved towbar specific to the vehicle must ensure the ball height falls within the specified range. Drop plates only really come into their own on Off road vehicles where other modifications such as Tyre and Rim size or Air suspension have been included as part of their second stage approval. This allows for a standard towbar to be legitimately used on a modified vehicle. All towing equipment has to be subjected to the tests proscribed by R55, mostly this involves a physical 2 million cycle test on a test rig although there are occasions where it can be done by calculation.
  14. That was actually my point. The headline used to introduce the report is misleading. I'm glad someone took the time to read the report, as most these days only read and react to those "one liners"
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