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Message posted by marg617/11/2019 at 6:29am
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Quote: Originally posted by ratcatcher on 17/11/2019
what does the B+E part of the exam entail?

My son pulls a large twin axle (forgot the model) with a new discovery sport and I am convinced he is over the weight limits although he says he has checked and is adamant that he is ok

He has 3 very small children so I find the insurance aspect very worrying, his previous towcar was a ford Kuga which may have just been ok but not this big thing

If the test is not that involved I would gladly organise and pay for it for him



with a vehicle weight of between 2.5 and 2.75 tons, unless his caravan is under 750-1000kgs then yes he will be overweight for his licence and wont be insured, his likely argument will be that the car is allowed to tow between 1800-2200kgs yeah sure the car can but his licence cant!


Message posted by HumberWolf17/11/2019 at 9:38am
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With a Landrover Discovery Sport and a twin axle caravan your son will almost certainly need a B+E licence to tow legally. My son tows a lightweight van (max 1000kg.) but needed to upgrade his licence when he changed his tow car to a BMW X5.

The test consisted of a general driving assessment on normal roads and an off road assessment for manoeuvring and reversing. The cost of the two training sessions and the test was about 500.

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Quote: Originally posted by madz on 09/11/2019
https://towcar.info/GB/

towing can be checked on what tow car.




It doesn't seem to work for my Micra

Message posted by jacfrosty17/11/2019 at 10:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by ratcatcher on 17/11/2019
what does the B+E part of the exam entail?

My son pulls a large twin axle (forgot the model) with a new discovery sport and I am convinced he is over the weight limits although he says he has checked and is adamant that he is ok

He has 3 very small children so I find the insurance aspect very worrying, his previous towcar was a ford Kuga which may have just been ok but not this big thing

If the test is not that involved I would gladly organise and pay for it for him



My husband (who moved from Canada so also does not have the B+E) is doing it in January. It involves one day of training at something like 180.00 and then the next day doing the test at another 180.00. Worth it for peace of mind and flexibility when it comes to choosing our next caravan.
The local dealer gave us the name of the trainer, they put all their young employees through the training.


Message posted by George-Mildred18/11/2019 at 7:07am
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This from gov. may help - https://www.gov.uk/old-driving-licence-categories

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Message posted by Grove Family18/11/2019 at 7:19am
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the test is a driving competence test very similar to your original driving test. It is basically hitching up / unhitching and checking it is so correctly, reversing, driving, pulling away etc. Plus a couple of questions. Nothing too major but I believe it was worth it. gave me a lot more confidence with reversing.

Message posted by Baileyjake18/11/2019 at 1:36pm
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HI Damo

i had a 2007 bailey ranger 550/6.

buy yourself a damp meter and check for damp at the rear end on the walls from the rear corner close to the ceiling towards the front.

there is a strip on the roof that joins the rear end section to the roof.

mine leaked here and the wall in the bathroom was soggy, the wall between the bathroom and the rear wall, the wall by the door up to the door and the wall inside the cupboard by the door.

it was all repaired under warranty but after 6 more months it was damp again.

it was repaired again and i traded it in for my Coachman whist it was still dry.

mine also leaked from the running light at the rear corner by the door.

it was a really light caravan and towed without a problem. i believe a ford focus could tow them, they are only 1295kg MPLM.

its worth checking for damp every time you are in the caravan incase a leak has started.

any reading more than 20% should be investigated.


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Now the proud owner of a coachman amara

Message posted by duffs5419/11/2019 at 9:55am
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Glad you are happy with your new van and hope all the towing is sorted out now.

Just enjoy, we did the same this year camping to vanning and love it, more holidays too.

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Thanks for all your advice about the test. A couple of hundred quid for peace of mind doesn't seem a lot. Anyway I will be paying just got to get him to find the time
(he will do it wether he wants to or not his mother will see to that)


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