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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 3:40 PM

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

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:00 PM


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

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 4:04 PM

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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:14 PM


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

You'd best check with DVLA, Chris.

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 4:18 PM

That's from the GOV.UK site.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:30 PM

I meant give them a call. Smile

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 4:48 PM

I'd have to remortgage the houseSmile I'll send them an e-mail.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:50 PM

Phone is 0300 790 6801 and is apparently the same cost as an 01 or 02 call.

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 5:09 PM

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

Last Modified By ChrisStyles at 8 Apr 2013 - 5:15 PM
collywobles
8 Apr 2013 - 5:21 PM


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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 5:30 PM


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.

petebfrance
8 Apr 2013 - 5:31 PM

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

ChrisStyles
ChrisStyles e2 Member 6381 forum postsChrisStyles vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 5:50 PM

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
keithh e2 Member 1023175 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 5:59 PM

you can insure it for everything

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87281 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 6:19 PM

Let me know if you'll be driving down South...I'll stay in that day.Wink

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