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Buying a caravan.


Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Apr 2013 3:40PM
£30-40k??? You could get one for £3-4k. Grin

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digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 4:00PM

Quote:you don't clog up the roads in the same way


You'll find those caravans which clog up the roads are towed by car drivers who clog up the roads at any time. When I'm towing I spend more time being held up by cars without caravans than I do holding anybody else up. Smile

Ian
8 Apr 2013 4:04PM
Sorry hold the phone think I've got my slow head on to dayBlush passed my test about 1990 so this would apply....

Licences held before 1 January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.

This is the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when itís being used on the road.

You also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

So that should cover me for a small caravan?

I've just looked at camper vans and I could get one for 5k but it would be old and it's got to be my only vehicle and get me to work so would have to be reliable.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Apr 2013 4:14PM

Quote:So that should cover me for a small caravan?


You'd best check with DVLA, Chris.
8 Apr 2013 4:18PM
That's from the GOV.UK site.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Apr 2013 4:30PM
I meant give them a call. Smile
8 Apr 2013 4:48PM
I'd have to remortgage the houseSmile I'll send them an e-mail.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Apr 2013 4:50PM
Phone is 0300 790 6801 and is apparently the same cost as an 01 or 02 call.
8 Apr 2013 5:09PM
Thanks mate....Just phoned and I'm legal and can tow a caravan up to 1315kg in weight or 3.5 ton combined.
collywobles e2
10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 5:21PM

Quote:£30-40k??? You could get one for £3-4k. Grin


Yeah, you could buy a mini or Fiesta for £50 but would you wanna chance it........ ?
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
8 Apr 2013 5:30PM

Quote:Thanks mate....Just phoned and I'm legal and can tow a caravan up to 1315kg in weight or 3.5 ton combined.


Excellent. Gives you plenty of options. Smile


Quote:Yeah, you could buy a mini or Fiesta for £50 but would you wanna chance it........ ?


Well I know a chap who bought a Honda Concerto with only 35k genuine miles on it and no rust. Cost £150. He's delighted with it. Smile

All I am saying is you don't have to pay silly money. And it's going to be Chris's 'daily driver' so no question of it lying around unused, for 9 months of the year.
8 Apr 2013 5:31PM
And don't worry about holding the traffic upSmile

It's one of those odd things that people seem to forget: people towing caravans are usually travelling to / from / during holidays which is far more important than going to work or needlessly transporting stuff half-way across the country / Europe / the world in a smelly old (or new) truck now that the local whatever that could have produced whatever is in the truck is no longer in business.........get your priorities right, folks Wink
8 Apr 2013 5:50PM
So I need to have a few lessons and get a tow bar fitted plus I've looked at storage at £8 per week but what about insurance? I take it it's only insured while it's attracted to the van?
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Apr 2013 5:59PM
you can insure it for everything
CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 6:19PM
Let me know if you'll be driving down South...I'll stay in that day.Wink

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