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  • I did pick up a box trailer some years back which was about 6 foot long not including tow hitch out the front and about 4.5 - 5 foot, towed it behind the 6.5 ton horse box I had then, was handy to keep stuff In that I didnt need every day of the week and to keep weight off the back axle of truck as the back half of the horse box was my mobile workshop where I earnt my living so was combining wild park ups and farm park ups, the trailer lasted about 3 months before I got rid of it. Was a pain in the arse at times as couldnt see it behind the truck as it was 22 foot long and the trailer 6 foot, meeting oncoming trafic on narrow lanes was a feckin nuiscance to reverse as couldnt see the trailer, met a milk tanker once and commercial lorry drivers and passenger busses etc are not supposed to reverse without a banksman, so it saw me having to unhook the trailer and push it to somehwere suitable for passing then go back and get the lorry,i can reverse a trailer as good as anyone as worked on farms with big tractors and trailers etc, but with this set up it was a damn nuisance, and also realising was on the wrong road and really needed to turn around with not enough space, again,unhook trailer spin that, then turn truck around and hook trailer back on. For the most part it was ok but the pain in the arse bits were enough for me to get rid. then I went onto the 30 foot furniture box I now have so no need for trailers.


    Depends what vehicle and trailer you have. I have seen some posh motorhomes that trail tow little blat cars get in a right muddle when it comes to needing to turn around or reverse up a way to a passing spot.

  • i tow a trike behind my 7,5 tonner, no chance of reversing as cannot see the bugger, but tis worth the hassle when i have parked up and use the trike for exploring and can be fun in carparks as there is not any category for trikes, bikes cars vans caravans etc but not trikes

  • I did a 6 month wild camping tour of europe in a mark 4 escort estate with a trailer behind and as previously said,single track roads or small roads could be a pain,though nothing worth cancelling a trip for.

    On the security side of things I did not have any problems at all,but I guess that is just a matter of chance.

    A few occassions I left the trailer up in the mountains whilst nipping off for half the day to go into town to stock up.

    I had a 10FT baby yurt in it and a log stove as well as all my other bits and bobs. I also just had an elasticated cover with no security at all and nothing was ever taken. I did put a lock on the actual trailer though so to disuade anyone stealing as for an opportunist in the mountains,the trailer would have more appeal than the contents.

    As I said,it was maybe chance that I had no probs,and if I was to ever do that again,I would get a lockable plastic cover.


    I certainly would not leave it in a town without me being around !


    Are you in the early stages of planning a trip ?

  • Regarding the reversing I think the majority of motorhomes have high level reversing cameras which would help a lot , back in the day before such things I had to move a smallish trailer ( it had a pedestrian roller on it) using a 10 ton 'site' truck , only way to reverse without a banksman and not end up driving over the trailer was to lash a 10ft scaffold tube across the rear of the trailer with a carrier bag taped over the ends to aid visability.

  • Ok cool I'm probably worrying too much,I do chain the trailer to the rear bumper and the bike to the trailer with some heavy duty chains/locks but have only parked up on sites/farms, so far with it , the trailer/bike live in a mates lock up over winter

  • Yeah I've got a small 3 motorbike trailer which I dragged around last summer,I'm ok with towing but can be a pain,did u have any security probs Wiz while parking up?

    No I never had any securoity problems in the slightest, if anything it would have been potential theives that ought to have been concerned if they tried to nick the trailer, I used to keep some valuable tools etc of my working life in there, kept it well chained on the tow hitch and on park ups, it used to double up as a kennel for my white alsation and a patterdale X something with big teeth when not winter, so you can see why the theives ought to have bee concerned. I didnt have any attempts, I am of the frame of mind if a person believes or is paranoid about something getting nicked then it will. As with all things like this when living out on the highways and byways, you chance your arm, do the best you can to secure stuff and dont worry about it to be able to sleep easy, and keep a big thumpy stick to hand and your boots by the door.

  • No I never had any securoity problems in the slightest, if anything it would have been potential theives that ought to have been concerned if they tried to nick the trailer, I used to keep some valuable tools etc of my working life in there, kept it well chained on the tow hitch and on park ups, it used to double up as a kennel for my white alsation and a patterdale X something with big teeth when not winter, so you can see why the theives ought to have bee concerned. I didnt have any attempts, I am of the frame of mind if a person believes or is paranoid about something getting nicked then it will. As with all things like this when living out on the highways and byways, you chance your arm, do the best you can to secure stuff and dont worry about it to be able to sleep easy, and keep a big thumpy stick to hand and your boots by the door.


    If one spends their life worrying about problems from others,then this is maybe not the lifestyle for them.

    However if you can get by without worrying and get good nights sleep wherever you are then that is cool.

    I have always got a hammer within reach when I am in the driving seat and have got a lovely pick axe handle just hidden near the sliding door. Am not worried about people as have been doing this for a long time,but if some drunken tit decided to kick off one day,then his knees would be hurting for a while. Would never go for the head as would not want to screw up my life by accidently killing a dickhead,but would have no qualms in knee capping the blighter if it came to a survival situation.

    Having done a lot of masonry over the last few years I have developped quite a large chest and shoulders,so most dicks give my a wide berth anyway.


    Just as well as they do not want to mess with this hippy , I might hug them to death :flowerpower::flowerpower:

  • I hope that no damage was done in the attempt !


    When I used to live and work down in carlyon bay near st austell I got out quite a bit around the county and was never comfortable in Penzance or really drawn to it.


    Too many bloody pirates I reckon :arr::arr::arr::arr::arr::flag::flag:

  • i tow a trailer with bike on it can be a pain in the ass..i lock bike to trailer and trailer to tow bar .. i had attempted theft outside kfc in penzance about 2 weeks ago .. desparate druggy i think .. i think penzance has a problem there.. also cambourne has given me greif in the past:eek:

    These open bike trailers are nice and light but more susceptible to opportunist thieves

  • I hope that no damage was done in the attempt !


    When I used to live and work down in carlyon bay near st austell I got out quite a bit around the county and was never comfortable in Penzance or really drawn to it.


    Too many bloody pirates I reckon :arr::arr::arr::arr::arr::flag::flag:

    OI, MY FAMILY IS FROM PENZANCE, although must admit they aint keen on foreigners, like from helston or hayle for instance

  • i tow a trailer with bike on it can be a pain in the ass..i lock bike to trailer and trailer to tow bar .. i had attempted theft outside kfc in penzance about 2 weeks ago .. desparate druggy i think .. i think penzance has a problem there.. also cambourne has given me greif in the past:eek:

    cambourne redruth an st auzle are renowned shit holes even to other cornishmen

  • Its a local town for local people :eek:


    I never imagined you to have had a family Harry , I thought you must of been created in a lab , which I mean with the most genuine affections of course :reddevil:

  • snozzle was indeed a right dive,but they had the best pasty collection in the supermarket that I have ever seen. Must of had a choice of about thirty fillings and they were all good ;-)

  • only ,he says , ,now where is the rolly eyes emoticon ;-)


    I was brought up in wales , I would of liked to have been born like everyone else !!


    must of been something my mum ate :vomit:

    Oh right, dont know about you Cornish,Welsh, Scottish or Irish, In England, being found under a gooseberry bush was a common way of being discovered and adopted by two adults :insane:


    In my horse drawn years I spent a couple of years in cornwall., never had any bother down there to be honest, The locals were far more warming and freindly towards me when I was horse drawn than when in vehicles down there in previous years. Penzance was a bit strange, got as far as Penzance for a couple of parties then turned round and went back to Helston and beyond. I passed through Redruth on the way in and out, that was enough. the Lizard penninsula was the favourite haunt.

  • I totally get that with native folk from these outlying areas and totally understand why they appear stand off-ish to grockles and foreigners from the other side of the river, when I was in Wales, felt nothing but welcome.

  • Oh right, dont know about you Cornish,Welsh, Scottish or Irish, In England, being found under a gooseberry bush was a common way of being discovered and adopted by two adults :insane:


    In my horse drawn years I spent a couple of years in cornwall., never had any bother down there to be honest, The locals were far more warming and freindly towards me when I was horse drawn than when in vehicles down there in previous years. Penzance was a bit strange, got as far as Penzance for a couple of parties then turned round and went back to Helston and beyond. I passed through Redruth on the way in and out, that was enough. the Lizard penninsula was the favourite haunt.

    Probably the best festival I half remember going to down on the lizard in 97 when megadog was on the scene and I was living in my leyland terrier british rail crew cab.

    Hallucinogen played the best dj set I have ever heard and the bands were great. I w as the chief moral officer !! Iremember being down on the front gate about a mile and a half away talking to a couple of the stewards and dreadzone did a sound check and nearly broke my ribs with the bassline. It was an awesome system. They were superb as were the ozrics.


    I was on such a high dancing around in that dance tent to an amazing sound system,that whilst dancing I lost my wallet with about a hundred quid in it,a gram of pure mdma and some very proper hash and because I was so vibed up,I did not give a shit :-)


    Some of the locals were not too happy that week !

  • They brought out a new album a few years back that you would recognise instantly with that same haunting guitar sound. Here you go their last album that I know of from 2015.


    I think that I saw them 4 times and the lizard festival was by far there best gig for me and there was a gig somewhere in plymouth where they also played a great set,but can not remember the name of the place. Have done an edit as now remember the venue in question was called the Barbican :thumbup: