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srn4 - n/a
29-Apr-06, 12:03 PM
The legal limit for a trailers width is stated as 2.3m or 7.55 feet....

My trailer is 7.7 feet...Am I going to get into serious trouble with the law?


Derek Sweetman - n/a
29-Apr-06, 01:13 PM
Have a look at this site!

http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/law/dimensions.htm (www.ntta.co.uk/law/law/dimensions.htm)

Your right, think you need to tilt?

Looks like 2.55 metres (8'4")is the maximum for larger vehicles!!!

To keep within the law you would need a large van or a camper over 3500kg.


jon_curtis - n/a
29-Apr-06, 08:03 PM
it would depend as derek says, on what you tow it with! but any small car aitn gona have fun towing your v#craft anyway! i burtn out the clutch on my 106, trying to tow my craft about!

srn4 - n/a
29-Apr-06, 09:36 PM
We have a 2.5L TDI VW caravelle which weighs 2.3 tons which can tow 2.5 tons...

Im just not sure about the legality of the slightly excesive width I have.... http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_confused.gif


jar2 - n/a
30-Apr-06, 07:57 AM

As Derek says, you can't legally to a trailer wider than 7ft 6in (2.3m) with a vehicle less than 3.5ton. However, both my trailers are slightly wider than this and I've never had any problems (maybe I haven't come across a policeman with a measuring tape yet http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif ). If you are involved in an accident then there is a good chance you may end up with trouble - so take your chances if you want!

The law does allow the load to stick out 305mm (12") each side so you could try arguing that the bed is part of the load http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif The other argument is that it's a boat trailer designed for wet launching - this gets round the lighting regulations and some other stuff (obviously you need to use a removable light bar if you want to use this excuse).

You should be able to reduce your trailer width easily - your craft isn't that wide? Use drop down sides if you need to - they don't have to be load bearing - a couple of bits of ply hinged with door hinges works fine. If you make sure the wheels are at the outside edges and the weight is distributed properly (correct noseweight), then it will tow very easily. My Prospector trailer, including fuelled and fully loaded craft, weighs 722Kg, isn't braked and is 8ft x 22ft.

srn4 - n/a
30-Apr-06, 09:07 AM
My craft is just over 2 meters wide but I wanted the extra 30 centimeters to give me room to hover on and off...

I have to have the trailer working by tuesday because I have a date with a flying field and dont want to miss it...After this I may have to alter the trailer..will see how things go.


Paul Fitz - n/a
30-Apr-06, 05:12 PM
Just bear in mind Duncan, that in the event of an accident, your insurance company is likely to refuse cover if they are aware that the trailer did not conform to the relevant road traffic act or construction and use regs.