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Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 30/1/2014
Quote: Originally posted by janus on 30/1/2014You got it wrong again grampian, with a post 1997 licence the restriction of the caravans gross laden weight being less than the cars kerbweight was removed a year ago. I know you insist on keeping it on your posts but by the same token I reserve the right to correct it every time I see it.
Are you on auto repeat? You said that yesterday. Its my signature i dont post it every day.
You tell me its wrong then provide a link to the GOV webpage that mentions it.
So the OP is OK to tow the above mentioned outfit? No they are not. end of.. The signature stays.
There are not generally laws saying you CAN do something but where you CANNOT do something there are laws so the onus is on the person saying it is law to provide a link to that law - so that is on you Grampian91
You are the one with the MUST (meaning law) in your signature ....
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Well I am afraid I would disagree with the man in the white coat, its not just about what a car can physically tow.
I could hook up the same caravan to a mini and it would tow it but try to go up a steep hill, or even worse try to go down it.
I am 11 stone in weight and I use a rucksack often but I wouldn't like to try to carry my own weight for long let alone a weight heavier than me. I would'nt get very far and if someone pushed me I would fall heavily and do serious damage as I would'nt be able to stop myself.
In my opinion its an accident waiting to happen and as I said in my last post I have seen the resulting damage.
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Not knowing too much about towing limits apart from the 85% rule which I thought was not safe to exceed.
The other thing that should be considered is validity of insurance.
If you are over weight and have the misfortune to have an accident, will the insurance company payout.
As VangoMan02 said, an accident waiting to happen and maybe an innocent party involved as well.
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The simple answer to the insurance question is yes they will pay out. As a comparison if a driver has an accident and it can be shown he was speeding would the insurers pay out?
For a licence dated 1997 or later you must add together the plated max weight of the caravan and trailer, if the total is 3500 or less you can tow it. You may even tow a caravan with a MAM greater than the cars unladen mass the restriction was removed in 2013
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I am 11 stone in weight and I use a rucksack often but I wouldn't like to try to carry my own weight for long let alone a weight heavier than me. I wouldn't get very far and if someone pushed me I would fall heavily and do serious damage as I wouldn't be able to stop myself.
That's because the men in white coats have yet to make a rucksack with overrun brakes.
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I have always used mondeos and love them because they are affordable to me and I like there reliability .
I had a Mondeo estate 2.0 tdci Ghia . A great car .
We now have a Mondeo 2.2 tdci and I find it even better brilliant tow car,
However I think your weight would be too heavy for the car. I would not consider buying more than 1500 in weight for my car. I think mine can tow up to 1800 .
All very technical but good advice on here.