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towing, uprating

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by gothbiker, May 22, 2020.

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  1. gothbiker

    gothbiker Member

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    is it possible to uprate my Land Rover so I can tow a big hobby caravan?
    the caravan is longer and wider so needs a higher rated tow vehicle, I don't fancy having to buy a twin rear wheel can to tow it with, I seem to be at a loss trying to keep it all road legal.
    it isn't for the weight of the caravan its the physical size, it exceeds 7 meters, so a standard 110 won't legally be able to tow it!

    thanks in advance
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard of a law regarding the size! It sounds like you need a vehicle with a gross weight over 3.5T
     
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    You say it exceeds 7m you sure you are measuring it right? How have you moved it previously?

    J
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    Just looked and hobby have 'van listed on their site with a body length of 7.7m, they show a normal 4x4 towing it, though conveniently the pic was taken on a field!!
     
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    What do hobby recommend?
     
  6. gothbiker

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    Hobby don’t recommend anything sort from paying for a delivery, people have bought twin rear wheel vans for moving them.

    I haven’t bought it yet, it’s over 7 meters hence it needs a a higher weight, lots of debates on caravan forums what to use normally a big a van.
    Would rather prefer to use my Land Rover
     
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    Then don’t buy it find something that is really legal instead of hoping you can.

    J
     
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    The maximum length of a trailer towed by a vehicle weighing up to 3500 kg is 7 meters.
    However the measurement does not include the A frame.
     
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    Double post.
     
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    Hitch up the 110
    Drive half a mile.
    Develop a fault with the 110 - not difficult, many to choose from:p
    and let the nice man from the local Recovery operation tow it to your destination.:)
    Fix the 110:rolleyes:
    simples! :D
     
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    I've just spoke to a company who can uprate it for just under £300, so all legal.
     
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    What do they do, exactly? Curious!
     
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    Stick a label on it???
    :eek:
     
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    I think its more paperwork with the dvla, proof of tow hitch and a few other things.
    new vin plates aswell
     
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    I would have thought it would need brake and suspension work at least, if it's being re-classed cat C. Is a transmission brake allowed?
     
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    At £300 it is only going to be documentation based - you wouldn't get parts within that budget, far less labour.
    C1 can have transmission brake.
    :)
     
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    Did you read my post gothbiker ? With out the A frame in the measurement the caravan should be within the legal limit.
    New vin plates? The only time I know of is when original has been damaged/ lost and then it has to be the same as the original and matches chassis.
    There are no modifications I know of needed for a 110 to tow a caravan/Trailer under 3500kg. How wide is it ? Over the limit.
     
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    Hobby do make 'vans with a body over 7m
     
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    Ah, did not realise he was thinking of something bigger than a 7meter.
     
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