VRSteve wrote:Fishy Dave wrote:That's exactly what I used to think, that an empty trailer could still make you illegal. As a result of this I had my old Brian James Minno downplated so our old Toyota Celica Sports M could tow the Caterham. Since then I've found various bits of info that suggests you are fine as long as you don't exceed the total train weight or braked towing weight of the car (so I could have saved my money!). http://www.iwt.co.uk/customer-care/faq- ... is-trailer
I was of the same opinion too but this came up on PH recently, and it was confirmed that the trailers plated weight isn't what matters!!
Agreed and hence why I never mentioned plated trailer weight, rather towing capacity of the car. Total train weight is also controlled by your driving licence as well as the car.
You also have to consider axle limit of the towing car and trailer and stability of the overall unit.
As posted Dave would be ticketed without doubt as it's so tail heavy it would certainly make the car unstable by reducing car nose weight and impact steering (in the eyes of the law)
There's lots of good info on the web that people never seem to know:
Type and fitting of towbars
Speed limits with trailers
Lane limits like no use of third lane on motorways
Recommended max towing as a % of car manufacturer spec. (Usually 85% or less)
Law's really tough and now to move my Jeep I cannot even use a 3.5t breakdown truck, but need a 7.5t truck and all the cost that it would incur.
Motor sport isn't cheap..