LET’S GET TECH­NI­CAL

Go! Drive and Camp Camp Guide - - The Paperwork -

Should you have re­flec­tors on ev­ery­thing you tow? And if so, should there be two or seven? Where do you put the yel­low re­flec­tor tape? Here are all the answers to your burn­ing ques­tions.

THE BRAKES

A trailer weigh­ing less than 750 kg when fully loaded is not re­quired to have brakes, but if the GVM is be­tween 750 kg and 3 500 kg, your trailer must have run-in brakes.

This im­plies that the trailer you use to dis­pose of gar­den refuse on Satur­days doesn’t have to be equipped with brakes of its own, but your car­a­van or off-road trailer must have over­run brakes. When a towed ve­hi­cle weighs more than 3,5 tons, it must be equipped with ser­vice brakes.

And if you ab­so­lutely must tow a ski boat and trailer be­hind the car­a­van (not rec­om­mended) and the com­bined weight of th­ese two ex­ceeds 3,5 tons, then both the trailer and the car­a­van must have ser­vice brakes.

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