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Skiboat has done some research on Trailers, I thought you might find the following interesting reading..............

Watch out for weights of vehicles and trailers and the law................many skiboaters are being fined as vehicles are not strong enough to pull boat trailers.

Lynette Adams
Skiboat and Flyfishing Magazine Gauteng Sales Consultant <>
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----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Rorke <>  
To: Lynette Adams <>  
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:55 PM
Subject: even more about trailers


A trailer is defined as a vehicle that is not self-propelled and which is designed or adapted to be drawn by a motor vehicle, but does not include a sidecar attached to a motorcycle.

Although a caravan is therefore classed as a trailer, the definition disqualifies agricultural equipment not intended for carrying people or goods. A motor vehicle is allowed to tow a maximum of two trailers or one motor vehicle that is not a trailer. Note, however, that the weight of a trailer or caravan must not be more than half the weight of the car.

BRAKES Every trailer that is being towed must be equipped with a parking brake. In addition, an over-run brake or service brake must be fitted to a trailer if it has a gross vehicle mass of less than 750kg and this is between 50 and 75 per cent of the tare of the drawing vehicle, or if the mass is between 750 and 1360kg and this is less than 75 per cent of the tare of the drawing vehicle. If the gross vehicle mass of the trailer exceeds 1360kg or alternatively 75 per cent of the tare of the drawing vehicle, a parking brake and a service brake are also required.

An over-run brake is one that operates on the trailer wheels when tension on the draw-bar is released, such as when you decelerate or apply the brakes of your car. A service brake must act directly on the trailer wheels and must be operable from the cab of the drawing vehicle. If the service or overrun brake can also be used as a parking brake, a separate parking brake does not have to be fitted.

LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS The drawing vehicle and trailer (or rearmost trailer) must have rear and registration plate lamps, direction indicators and stop lights. Trailer combinations longer than 7,6m may have to have direction indicators fitted to the sides as well as to the rear. If the overall length of the trailer is greater than 7m, yellow reflectors must be fitted to the sides - one within 400mm of either end and never more than 3,6m apart. All trailers must have white front reflectors no more than 50mm from the outer edge and red rear reflectors within 400mm of the edge.

ATTACHMENT If the overall length of a trailer, including the drawbar, is greater than 1,8m, it must be attached to the drawing vehicle so that the combination can 'bend' in a horizontal plane. This requirement is met by using the ball-and-socket type of mounting and is also compulsory if the combined lengths of trailer, drawbar and rear overhang of the towing vehicle exceed 3,1m. Rear overhang is the distance between the centre of the rear axle and the rearmost projection of the trailer's bodywork.