Towing capacity.

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:11
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Went to the quarry the other day, to get a load of road-base(crushed rock), and even though my trailer is legally rated at 2000kg, they would not put any more than 1300kg in it. Add that to the Tare of the trailer of 700kg, to bring the towed load up to 2000kg. Now, even though the Patrol is rated to tow 2500kg, you cannot tow more than 2000kg unless break-away brakes are fitted to the trailer,ie if the trailer comes adrift from the tow vehicle, the brakes will operate and stop the run-away trailer. The quarry operator gave me a Vic-roads pamphlet to back up the story. It was black and white and now law in Victoria!
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Reply By: rustytruck - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:15

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:15
Same here in SA. I believe it's a national law.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:36

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:36
Shoot, more dollars to spend on my old van.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll look into it here in QLD.

Cheers Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:43

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:43
If that thing of yours ever comes adrift from your nissan it's gonna need more than brakes to pull it up mate, parachute maybe?

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Pezza
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:19

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:19
You crack me up Pezza, but I agree it would take a big set of brakes to pull up my beast. Even so I thought it worthwhile to check the regulations up here and it is the same as the southern states.... over 2Tonne and you need breakaway braking system. Currently I have it registered at 1970kg but I know it is more than this so maybe it's time to fess up and put these breakaway brakes on at the same time. Another job for the "to do list".

Cheers Trevor.
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Reply By: Sarg - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:15

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:15
Good to see that there are finally some responsible people in the "garden" industry. Some of the loads that you see on the weekends in busted ass trailers, towed by usually busted ass vehicles is beyond belief. Pity the coppers wouldn't enforce the rules a bit more.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 23:02

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 23:02
Some of the overloaded trailers with unsecured loads towed by tradies would also qualify.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 23:08

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 23:08
The rules only apply to trailers manufactured after a certain date, & are not retrospective.
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:23

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:23
Shaker can you confirm this cause the young bird I just spoke to on the phone said all trailers over 2T (irrespective of build date) need breakaway brake system fitted to be roadworthy. But I am in QLD and maybe she did not know what she was talking about ??

Cheers Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:56

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:56
They just can't make these type of laws retrospective, it would be like saying that all cars have to have air bags, some more basic things like seatbelts were sort of made retrospective, inasmuch as they had to be fitted when the vehicle changed hands or had to pass a RWC.
I am a yacht broker, & we sell quite a few trailer sailers & have never had to have the breakaway system retrospectively fitted. Even when we have had brake systems renewed, the repairer only has to comply with the requirements as at the original build date of the trailer.
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:14

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:14
Thanks Shaker that does make sense.
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Reply By: Campingcop - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 09:03

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 09:03
A few more busted ass coppers to catch the busted ass drivers of busted ass cars woth busted ass trailers carrying ridiculous loads would be a bonus. They already wear a lot of flack for not chasing real crims when stopping your average dumb driver.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 10:57

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 10:57
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Follow Up By: Campingcop - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 12:32

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 12:32
Should have been posted as a follow up to reply 3
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