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#1 10-05-12 06:45:01

reddragonbus
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From: Edinburgh
Registered: 05-02-06
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Idiots towing things.....

I like to browse Ebay in my spare time.

I spotted a 15 seat transit minibus.

The seller had removed some seats so that they could drive it on a B licence. (you can drive a 15 seat transit on a B licence if you are over 21 and held licence 2 years so no need to remove seats unless they recently passed).

The seller stated that the van could tow 3.5 tonnes!  yikes

I sent the seller a question regarding the claim of towing 3.5 tonnes as most transits can only tow around 1.5 tonnes.

Yes we towed 3.5 tonnes with it.

Ok then  roll


So they took seats out to meet the requirements of a  B licence.

Then stuck a trailer on the back with 3.5 tonnes which needs a B+E licence.  lol


I would love to have been a fly on the wall if they had been pulled by the plods with that combination!


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Re: Idiots towing things.....




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#2 10-05-12 14:26:51

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Re: Idiots towing things.....

most transits can only tow around 1.5 tonnes.

Most transits have a GVW and a GTW and no towing weight restriction

That allows the driver to use the GTW as they see fit

3500 GVW
6000 GTW
Van 3000 and trailer 3000 actual weights would be legal as long as trailer MAM allowed that


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#3 15-05-12 13:48:55

reddragonbus
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From: Edinburgh
Registered: 05-02-06
Posts: 1,653

Re: Idiots towing things.....

Ford UK wrote:

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your email. Please accept our apologies for the delayed response.

I have attached the current Ford Transit brochure inclusive of GVM (Gross vehicle Mass) and GTM (Gross Train Mass) for each individual vehicle. You will need to identify which exact model you would like from the options available. In order to determine the towing weight of your vehicle you will need to subtract the GVM from the GTM to determine your exact towing weights.

I hope this information has helped. If you do have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Gifford
Ford Information Service


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