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  1. The regulation says that a C of C must be provided for any Type approved vehicles, until recently this rarely happened for trailers as with no registration requirement most owners would find them pointless. The new EU type approval regime from September last year ( and for the time being at least the UK type approval) requires a few detail changes to the way the masses are detailed but in essence they have been the same for years. MRO can be declared as a range for a Variant, but as a specific value for Version. For example let's say we have Variant 540 with Versions SE , HE a
  2. From the 7th September last year the C of C must contain the actual weight relevant to the specific Variant and Version.
  3. The Type approval regulations say that the plate must be 1. The manufacturer’s statutory plate shall be firmly attached in a conspicuous and readily accessible position. 2. The location shall be chosen so that the part on which it is affixed is not subject to replacement in use. If the approval authority accepts that the visor is not a normally replaced item it can be approved. Often the plates for example are on the cross member above the radiator, a part that is always replaced after front end collisions. I've never done it myself , I usually insi
  4. We don't have an infrastructure in place to run this. Except the V5c , the Europe wide system set up purely for vehicle registration. The current vehicle registration organisation is struggling to cope with the registration of powered vehicles. There are no problems in registering any vehicle type with DVLA ( processing time from DVLA dashboard is 3-5 days) There is no legal definition/segregation of trailers over 500kgs, the only thing existing is the segregation of unbraked/braked trailers under/over 750kgs. Use the currently defi
  5. Yes. That's what I understood you meant. I think the regulation is poorly drafted, it may have been better for them to use a vehicle category instead of just the mass. It's similar to the legislation requiring certain vehicles in London to be equipped with blindspot protection devices, such as Radar, announcers etc
  6. Correct. However the French regulation makes no mention of trailers, artics or otherwise. It is designed to protect cyclists etc from presenting in a vehicles blindspot when they are turning right. The placards are fitted to the Right rear of a vehicle, and to the right side door. The statutory size is 17cm x 25cm (about A4) and are Bright Yellow, and in French. They are primarily for use by Artics and Rigid chassis HGV, and buses etc. but inevitably because of mass limits heavier motorhomes and commercial Van's like Renault Master over 3500kg will be affected.
  7. Thousands of other vehicles are stolen each year, all of which are registered. How will registration alone (ie on a V5c) prevent valuable trailers being stolen.
  8. You cant repurpose any lamp, in any case reflectors on the rear of trailers are governed with regards to their shape and position.
  9. A high level brake light is not mandatory for trailers even now, but that isnt the point. Lights that are fitted have to be working.
  10. Yep. That's the tool I used.
  11. Since clearing out my late fathers house a few years ago I've had a number of 13 or 15 kg butane cylinders both Calor and Flogas . Without the original service agreement Calor say their dealers will pay £7.50 for each returned cylinder. We have 3 independant calor dealers nearby (2 garages and a builder supply) all said they would take the cylinders but wouldnt pay the £7.50. The other was B and Q who had never heard of the scheme. It wasnt worth getting the trailer out and driving to anyone to get rid. One was rusty , whilst it stood on the drive as I was tidying up, a neigh
  12. A couple of years ago a market survey for one caravan manufacturer looked at the responses from around 1500 users taken during one of the NEC shows. 27% never used the oven / microwave. 67% used it only occasionally. However, 74% still wanted them specified. 33% never used the shower 47% never used the WC. Again, though over 80% wanted them specified. That seemed to me that generally people were prepared to drag around alot of unnecessary weight "just in case".
  13. But it isnt, and it isnt a requirement of the Payload standard either, which is incorporated into the Type approval for caravans. Caravans produced by NCC members often have a confusing situation whereby they specify a MRO as per the Type approval ( the correct/legal one) but then have to specify a figure in accordance with the NCC requirements which is generally slightly higher, because it includes allowances for additional elements such as Gas. This means that for some manufacturers the MRO figure on the C of C may be lower than that stated in the manual. This gets confusing f
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