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Trailer, Flat Platform, Air Portable, 5ton, 4wheeled. Eager Beaver

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Hi All,

I am seeking any information, particularly the weight, of the  5 ton , 'air portable' trailer that was used with the Eager Beaver.  

I believe these were made by Brockhouse & Co, West Bromwich.  They have brakes on only the rear axle - whats the view on the legality of towing on the road behind an Eager Beaver?  ( as if one would be brave enough!!)   Many thanks   Dave 

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I had one, didn't know the empty weight but it wasn't the nicest thing to tow on the road, I always had it in front steer only on the road as you should but I recall it wasn't much fun. I sold it a year later! It was great on the fields though.

Edited by snort

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Slowly, and small corrections if possible, fairly easy as you can see it all happening. I had a bar on the forks which made it easier to push and see. But often reversed from the tow hitch.  But then I am used to a lorry and 4 wheel drag.

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Dave,

 

You do not say what braking system the trailer has.  However, the maximum gross weight for a trailer with over-run brakes is 3.5 tonnes so that means the trailer cannot have over-run brakes.  The Eager Beaver does not have air brakes or any such connections.  I don't recall it having servo brakes either.

I think that a trailer of that age over 3.5 tons would require plating and testing.

Perhaps the trailer only has a hand brake. 

If you fitted suitable brakes for the weight of the trailer there might be an issue with the rating of the tyres.

On one hand it looks legally like a 'works truck or trailer' that does not go far on public roads.  On the other hand, it does have road going lights.

Interesting!

John

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It look as if it has over-run bakes on the front.  Since it weighs 1.3 tonnes, you would get 2.2 tones payload. at 3.5 tonnes gross with over-run brakes all round.  I don't know if the over-run bakes automatically down plates it for civilian use at 3.5 tonnes.

John

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I seem to recall that the RE TA Airfield Damage repair units in the UK used to have some of these trailers for carrying the 5 tonne dropweights used by the Compactor.

If not these then something very similar.

The only photo I have of the rig but the operator has just released the trailer. sods law again.

 

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