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Trailers and towing

A beginners guide to some of the many aspects of trailer towing. Note this is a first draft of this web page and hence is not either complete of has it been checked for accuracy. Please bare this in mind when reading.

Can you legally tow a trailer like this with your 4x4? The 4x4web 110 and a glider trailer. Ownership of a 4x4 is often tied in closely with the need to tow a trailer. Many an old landrover is kept just for towing the horse box to the local gymkhanas, whereas more and more peolpe have a lifestyle that includes caravans, boats, car racing or flying. In business a trailer is often the answer to having just one vehicle rather than a car and a van. In Dec 2004 I was asked to tow an aircraft trailer insured for 50,000 and this got me tninking about how little most of us know about trailer towing. So how can 4x4web help?



Common Sense

Before setting off with your trailer consider a few simple things. How long since it was last used, how long since you last towed anything and has this vehicle ever towed. Here are a few of the things that need to be considered.

Training

See training establishments below if you want to either brush up your knowledge or learn from new.

If you passed your car driving test after January 1997, you now need to pass a separate test (licence category B + E) for towing a trailer or caravan weighing over 750kg M.A.M. (Maximum Authorised Mass). Most horse boxes, cattle trailers and caravans already weigh this much unladen.

Ability Road Training

John Beard has put together a lot of information about the trailer towing requirements for all drivers who passed a car test after 1 January 1997. I was not aware that what I could tow on my licence was far more than anybody who has passed their driving test in the last 8 years. If you tow a caravan, car trailer, larger boat trailer, horse box or aircraft then check this out. If you do need to get the new licence allowing you to tow the bigger trailers then John's company can help with the training to get you through the test.

Companies offering trailer towing tuition

This can vary from concentrated courses aimed at getting the licence to general intro to trailer handling in the work place or for leisure.

All Terrain Services offers both business and leisure trailer towing tuition.

BLUE CAR School of Motoring, Sheffield Grade 6 Instructor. All training is tailored to your needs - No fixed courses. Use our Discovery, or your own Combination. B+E & Advanced Driving / Towing Tuition.

Diamond Driver Training 4x4 & trailer driving training based in Derbyshire. We provide trailer training courses for the general public or commercial operators. Whether you are looking to tow a carvan, a horse box, a flat bed or your garden waste trailer, the method is exactly the same. If you passed your test after January 1997 you must pass a seperate B+E driving test. Your training course commences in the classroom where your instructor covers various topics from the legal aspects through to hitching and loading, towing and manoeuvring.

At Hampshire Towing, we provide training for LGV, Lorry, Caravan, Horsebox, Boat and general trailers. We have a variety of courses for all abilities from beginner to expert. Based in Southampton, Hampshire. Call us Today on 0800 612 9093.

HLR Off road training Covers both buissness and leisure trailer towing tuition

Land Rover Experience - Luton Full Day Trailer Handling Course. Our course is designed to teach off-road trailer handling techniques using a Land Rover product and flatbed or box trailer.

North Yorkshire Offroad Centre We offer training to trailer towing test (B +E) and a range of courses to suit your individual or company requirements.

Protec Training Caravan - Livestock - Horsebox - Plant - Boat - Equipment. We have a variety of courses to suit your needs and will soon be able to offer the new LANTRA Awards trailer courses.

Ronnie Dale 4x4 We teach you the skills to keep yourself out of trouble: checking the trailer, hitching up to the vehicle safely and within the law. You find out how heavy a load you can tow, how much overhang is allowed, what speed you can drive at and what lights you need. Once you are properly hitched up, you learn the skills needed to drive both on and off-road: stopping, reversing, loading and unloading. All of this instruction is carried out to D.O.T. licence standard.

Towtutor Trailer tuition for B+E test for work and leisure. Course tailored to your needs.

Trailer Training UK for the Car and Trailer Test, Caravan Towing and Trailer Handling Courses. Horse box, boat, car and plant trailer. Based Gosport, Hants and Lincolnshire.


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