Maximum Overall Length

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  1. wbd2000uk

    wbd2000uk Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone knows what the overall maximum length of a vehicle, for example a RV and trailer.

    Craig
     
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    Hi Craig,,, Do you mean the actual "Legal" length allowed on our roads,, if not it would depend on R.V. and same with trailer..
     
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    Got knicked in Spain 2 years ago at 14.5 mtr, towing a Brian James trailer behind the RV.
    Only tried it once becouse of all the bad press re A frames.
    Sold the trailer and went back to my A frame, never had a problem with that.
    Had a few looks with the boat on the back, but touch wood, never had a pull.
     
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    Well I know that the maximum rigid length is 12m but I was just wondering what the maximum legal combined length of a rigid RV and trailer.

    Craig
     
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    Maximum sizes for towing
    Towing vehicle under 3500kg GVW
    Length (excluding the coupling and drawbar)
    7.0 metres
    Maximum width
    2.3 metres
    Towing vehicle over 3500kg GVW
    Length (excluding the coupling and drawbar)
    12 metres if at least 4 wheels
    Maximum width
    2.55 metres
    Length of towing vehicle & trailer combined
    18 metres
    Maximum overhang of load from rear of trailer
    3.05 metres
    Nicked from Practical Caravan
     
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    Width Maximum, 2.55 m. Length of towing vehicle and trailer combined, 18 m ... These are a legal requirement only for trailers over 3500kg or where the ... Details can be found in the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations, Schedule 18. ...
     
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    you beat me again Geo...:cry:
     
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    So if I wanted to tow a 7m trailer with a 12m RV then this would be overlength? I see that there are fairground rigs on the road that seem longer than this and sometimes triple towing. How do they get away with it?
     
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    Well if 18 mtr is alowed, how do I get my fine money back.:cry:
     
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    vehicles over 3500kg not trailers. :thumb:
     
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    Never mind pappajohn - pop over to the RVOC and get your answer in quick - Geo never goes there! :thumb:

    Mind I've already been there and done it. :RollEyes:
     
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    'cos you got pulled in spain and they make up the rules as seen fit.

    cut yer loses and leave it.


    italy's even longer i think.:Eeek:
     
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    special regs including speed limits for fairground rigs

    try mexico , 44 tonne tractor unit towing 2 40 ft trailers , double articulated
     
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    Fairground rigs come under "showmans" and I believe had different use and regs.

    Regards
     
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    VW ALAN will be along in a minute, he will have the definative answer to that.:BigGrin:
     
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    I `d have got all the answer which I coppied if I had not had to keep backspacing to see if Geo had beat me.. :BigGrin:
     
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    How do I become a 'showman'? Is there any other way I could get away with towing a 7m trailer with a 12m RV as I only do it a couple of times a year.
     
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    like a romany "traveller".....you're born into it.....no other way.:BigGrin:

    just working on a fairground doesnt count.:Sad:

    you could always stick an "18mtr" sign on the back and take your chances.
     
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    I believe they operate under a special showmans licence and so are allowed
     
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    Just recieved the definative answer, Donkey towing 2 or more carts 25.9 mtrs
    Donkey towing 1 cart 18.75 mtrs, This of course is in UK.:thumb:



    Chears Al.
     

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