Tips on Towing your RIB – Part 1
Get set up for towing your RIB
If you are planning on trailing your RIB it is important to take time to ensure you get the right trailer, lights and equipment. Also that you are fully competent before setting out on the road. Part 1 of our Towing Your Rib guide will steer you through the details you need to get started.
1.The correct license for towing a RIB
If you passed your driving test after January 1997, new legislation came in which states you must pass an additional test to prove that you are safe to tow any trailer with a load greater than 750kg. V
Doing a trailer driving course or getting private instruction in towing is often useful. Especially for learning reversing and manoeuvring skills with a large trailer.
2. Select a car with suitable towing capacity
Ensure that the vehicle you intend to tow your boat with is suitable for the job.
If you are in any doubt, call the manufacturer to check as it is illegal to exceed the car’s towing limit.
3. Buy the right trailer for your RIB or powerboat
Ensure you buy a trailer which suits both the weight and dimensions of your boat
It is always advisable to buy a reputable brand of second hand trailers as replacing broken bits and obtaining spare parts will be easier. Be aware that although the trailers do not necessarily have a maximum life, the availability of their parts does.
For advice on purchasing a second hand trailer, please call Trafalgar Boat Sales on 023 92 397000
4. Vehicle and trailer dimensions
The length of trailer that you are permitted to tow with your vehicle depends upon the vehicle’s gross towing weigh
5. Trailer Lighting – legal requirements
Ensure you have a working trailer board, that is fixed securely to the trailer. Be sure the number board is clear and matches your vehicle. You will need:
If the trailer is wider than 1.3m it must have at least one fog light.
6. Practice driving with a trailer
If you are new to trailer driving, practice somewhere like a deserted supermarket car park at night.