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Old 11-11-2005, 09:34 PM   #1
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Longest trailer to tow?

Anyone know what is the longest trailer you can tow in the uk? Ive heard 20feet but ive seen loads of bigger trailers on the road.

Oh im talking towing with cars not arctic
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:42 PM   #2
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This site is pretty good, this link is to the page with max dimensions: http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/law/dimensions.htm
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:48 PM   #3
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cool it is. cheers matt, So that means its illegal to tow boats over 7m on the road? So why do i see things like blade runners being towed by land rovers?
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:49 PM   #4
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Did you use to launch the formula by trailer?
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Hi Taz
The caravan brigade could probably tell you more, it is down to weight of towed item and weight of car.
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:56 PM   #6
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Its only cos a friend has asked me to move his 42 foot sunseeker for him
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I believe the longest caravan you can tow is 26 foot.
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I think this will be of help Practical Caravan
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Old 11-11-2005, 10:47 PM   #9
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anyone know what the longest artic is to compare?

If i tow his boat im thinking dodge 20 feet plus 42 feet boat plus drawbar trailer etc prob looking at 70 feet long!
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Yeh, twice, it's OK but needs a fair bit of water depth. First time when i bought it - didn't want to pay 150 kwid for a lift in, so towed it behind a discovery up the A27 onb hayling island. Did it about 6am and fkkn shat myself the whole way, discovery was a bit small for it really. Launched it at a marina there.

Generally I do (did/will) just get the guys at drivers wharf to crane it in - much less hassle.

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Artic trailers generally start at 30ft but the more standard ones are 40 & 60ft. (trailer length) from head board to back end of course.

so a 40ft low loader would be ok I'd say, but you also can get these van/truck hybrids, like an articulated transit thing which some boat haulage firms use.
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Taz i towed a 51/2 ton, 32 foot fifth wheel trailer with a dodge and it towed like a dream, have you got the electric trailer brake adjuster fitted in your truck?
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How much is it to get craned in at drivers wharf out of interest matt??
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So why do i see things like blade runners being towed by land rovers?
Its a Mercedes ML, not a Land Rover....


FWIW: The Bladerunner is exactly on the legal limit, width and length, for towing in the UK. Two inches wider is illegal, 6 inches longer is ilegal.

The total weight of the car and the load the car can carry makes up the Gross Vehicle Mass. GVM is also listed in the specs from the vehicle manufacturer.

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Varies, I think, by length & whether you keep your boat there or not. Numbs Nuts would be able to give you a guide line - but it's excellent value compared to DML marine prices.
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Tricky im sure there land rovers i see essex boatyards tow with new discovery i belive.

How long is a blade runner over 7 m?

Roofer im not to sure on the brake thing i dont have a fifth will in the back but i have towing mirrors, i got my local trailer place to make me a towbar capable of pulling 6 tons, I had the idea of towing my 5 ton excavator behind but cant find a strong enougth trailer or air supply system to fit to the dodge.
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7m = 22.75 ft

the boat i am looking at buying wednesday is 23ft 8in

was hoping to tow it around with a LWB Transit 190

It's under 3500kg (approx 2900 dry) but now it looks like i'm fecked on length.......
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This is trailer length - not overall length.
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if you look at the biggest boat sealine make cos that is the biggest you can move by road and its done via lorry . i think the boat is about 50 ft its the beam thats the prob and needs police to move
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:11 PM   #20
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I spose at the end of the day even the plods dont really know what can and cant be done
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