weight ratio of towing vehicle to trailer or boat

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:08
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a comment on the way to work from my employee this morn prompted me to ask here....is there any strict transport dept rules governing this or perhaps some general guidelines to stay within? and is it true that a trailer over 750 kg total mass must have brakes?
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:43

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:43
answer to q 2 is yes all trailers over 750kg must have a braking system

and yes there are guide lines almost to the stage of a roadworthy ie lights chains etc

you dont say what state thats in vic where you can check with vicroads
sa they dont seem to care the rustier the better
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Reply By: phantom - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:48

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:48
Hi Russ36,
Hope this helps....


In all states and territories of Australia, a vehicle can tow a trailer whose mass is the least of:

the tow vehicle’s towbar rating: or

The tow vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maximum trailer mass.

If the manufacturer has not specified a recommended mass, the vehicle can

tow a float (or trailer) up to the unladen mass of the tow vehicle, provided the trailer has brakes. If the laden float is up to 2000 Kg, overrun brakes will suffice. If the laden float is over 2000 Kg, the brakes must be independently operated - that is, electric or vacuum.

All trailers exceeding 750 Kg MUST have brakes fitted, which means that it would be illegal to tow a horse float that did not have brakes.

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Follow Up By: russ36 - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:22

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:22
thanks, its something i will be telling to someone i know who intends to tow a reasonable sized boat behind a 4 cyl sedan
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