Fold away / folding car trailer

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  1. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    :xdoh:Without getting into any discussion about A Frame or Trailer and what's legal and what's not ! :xeek:

    The most common answer is, I have nowhere to store a trailer.
    That might be at home, or could be when on site, and the next thing is cost. :xgrin:

    Well walking round the site yesterday and there it was, a folding car trailer that is made of aluminium so it's light folded will be a meter wide so it could store in a garage with the car behind it, may even be able to go down the side of your house and into the back garden, it weighed less than our Smart trailer and was plated the same 1300 kg. :xThumb:

    But as always it comes with a cost, £3000 :xdoh: but........ Legal no wear and tear on your car, and when you change the car no problem, they will fit a centre channel so it would take a trike or motorcycles, the choice is there if you want one. :xgrin:

    http://www.hiqfabrications.co.uk/Trailers.php

    Bob and Janie.
     
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    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    Take that up with them Mike, :xwink: I don't want to get into a is it legal dispute. :xrofl:
    The chap who had it said it was................. :xwink: but it's his son making them. :xeek::xrofl: Bob.
     
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    I have been following the development of this trailer for a couple of years and ask the same question every time I see them, "is it approved yet?" and always get the same answer, "no". It's a pity really as it would solve a lot of problems for us.
     
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    Probably a great trailer but what an AWFUL video... I never actually reached the folding up bit.

    I recommend they get some one to edit it!

    JJ :cool:
     
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    As I understand it, from October 2012 all trailers under 3500kg made for retail must be approved and have certification to that effect. However, as yet I have not been able to determine whether a self build trailer would have to be.
     
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    That was what I said, very painful watching it, and not a good way to sell them. :xdoh: Bob.
     
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    Unfortunately this " From 29 October, " in the Link is 2012 . That is the date from which all trailers etc now have to be approved.

    Pity they didn't put the full date in.
     
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    Yes it would . It was in the regs I read some while ago. You can still build yourself ,using only approved homologated parts , & when complete it requires inspection etc; by VOSA , I f I recall correctly.

    Here you go. Just has to comply .:)

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iva-manual-for-categories-01-02-03-and-04-trailers

    Problem is , in the UK there is no register of trailers so as long as you can convince anyone that it existed before 28TH October 2012 then everyones's happy ! :sneaky::sneaky:
     
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    I have read that document and it seems to me that it applies to manufacturers of trailers which are made specifically for sale.
     
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    to my knowledge that is all they are using to go by according to a couple of people on a car forum that enquired . They were directed to that publication & just told as long as thgey complied & just made up there own plate /numbers /etc; they'd have no problems with a self build.
     
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    Can ANYONE, give a Sensible reason WHY. trailers need to be Homologated? apart from the need for some Bureaucratic minion to play control freak?.

    TOO MUCH, crappy Bureaucratic Poo about IMHO.

    Pete
     
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    A self build for own use does not need an IVA test, if a person or company is selling them, for profit or loss they need WVTA or IVA
    And must comply with all EU regs.
    We have been building and supplying trailers for 30 years, it has seriously cut down our range
    Whole Vehicle Type Approval costs around £3000, lots of paperwork that Brussels will never read or even see.
    Our mobility scooter trailers that are std have this, if the customer wants ANYTING altering it has to get Individual Type Approval, that has added £130 to the cost

    John Doe next door can make his own no problem, but we cant
     
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    I saw one on a pitch here at La Manga but at that price it's cheaper to book a bigger pitch.
     
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    Interesting thread, anymore info on smart folding trailers please.....
     
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    What caught my eye was the car. We have an 09 Copen (1300) and when I put it on our BJ trailer nose first I had a nose weight of 300kg!! I had to reverse it on to get 55kg nose weight. I decided to sell the BJ as a result. I wonder what the nose weight is on this setup?
     
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    Cheaper all round if in Spain just to hire a car if you need one...We manage with shanks pony, cycles and public transport and sometimes hire for a week. Paid £44 in Benidorm in jan for a week. Would have been cheaper from Alicante Airport and very very cheap for a month. Mind you if you are not very mobile probably a car is a must for some. Busby.
     
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    B James used to do one with folding Draw-bar. Some years back a Guy at La Manga actually Floored his and used it a a barbecue area, complete with Gazebo, Fairy lights etc; over it!.

    Pete
     
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    Smart engines under the boot so front probably lighter
     
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