max vehicle length in uk

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  1. robinmclaren

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    anyone know the answer to this question asked me regarding my tow car for sale as i have not got a clue

    "Not sure if you'll know or if you know where I can find such info? Basically I have a three axle 40ft Winnebago at 8500 kgs, which is classed as Private HGV and is driven on a normal licence, but I wonder what the total length limits are? I'm guessing in total with this Id be 50+ ft !!! But we are touring Europe next year and have a 5 month old and 2.5 year old so need a car as a bike is out the question for obvious reasons and Motorhome is not easy to drive in built up areas, my mum had one of these which was a great reliable car until she wrote it off, easy to write off it seems as bodypanels are import only."

    at that weight my nippa will be like a box of tissues behind it , many thanks for any useful or useless answers
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    Hi Robin, 12 metres is the max length I think, but at 8500kg you can't drive that on an ordinary licence, 7500kg is the max on a grandfathers licence, 3500kg otherwise.

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    confused

    thanks for your reply
    he says motorhome is 40ft long unless i misread it so is he alredy over the legal length
    must have room in one of his side lockers for nippa if its that big
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    olley is correct 12 mtrs . wts as he said max 8,250 train. a rigid vehicle canhave a road train of upto 18.75 mtrs . the trailer can be upto 12 metrs within the 18.75.
    roa trains of more trailers is more but it will be easier to stop now. (25.9 mtr).
     
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    Hi robin, length is not to much to worry about as preumably its been registered, Travelworld up to a couple of years ago where flogging brand new 42' Monaco's, then the DVLA got wise and they all had to be measured, but its back to how it was now I believe.

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    becarefull there are alot of unscrupilous dealers out there that tell lies . spoke to many at malvern show they dont know there arm from there elbow. they are a disgrace to the motor trade. length width sell you anything to make a shilling.
     
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    thanks

    thanks all i have forwarded these on to him:thumb:
     
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    as said 12 m or 38ft length max and the weight 7500 unless you hold hgv licence :thumb: so at that weight hope you hold hgv licence or it leads to loads of probs ie insurance invalid etc etc
     
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    Good luck fella!

    If i am readiing this right, that is not your rig yor discussing, but a prospective buyers?

    I wish this chap all the luck in the world with a rig this big.
    I'm taking a 31ft RV round Europe and i can say i would not want anything any longer.

    i hope he has planned this well.

    He will get issues at campsites
    He will get jammed on roundabouts
    He will cause nasty situations on hairpin bends

    I know, I've been there.

    Towing a car you do not get a second chance at corners. You cannot reverse more than a couple of feet to get the turning circle you need

    Doing it again, I'd take a shorter RV with a slide-out to get the square feet rather than length
     
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    no not mine

    as i said this was from someone looking at our towcar
    i am happy as larry ( must be a happy larry out there somewhere with our 24ft motorhome as has everything we need and gives us 29mpg even with the car on back , love it , less mpg no fun to me
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