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Trailers from UK

Besiktning, registration etc

gplusa
post 13.Aug.2012, 08:40 AM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

I'm sure that there must be a few of you out there who have arrived to Sweden from the UK with a trailer. I'm interested to know what the hassles were (and I'm sure that there were) with regard to besiktning / compliance / registration etc of a UK registered trailer into Sweden. I can imagine there must have been a need to give proof of approved weights etc ? Anyway, grateful for any tales of experiences, words of advice etc on the subject.
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DaveN
post 13.Aug.2012, 08:50 AM
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Joined: 28.Feb.2007

In theory it should be the same as a trailer from anywhere else in Europe, except of course, they've never been registered in the UK. But most recentish trailers have the relevant weights etc on a plate, although that may well be long gone or illegible now, and there's no paperwork to back it up anyway. So it could be a bit tricky, and one of the reasons I've never bothered with the little trailer I came here with.
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Micardo
post 13.Aug.2012, 09:53 AM
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Its no problem provided the trailer and coupling have all the correct markings. You will need proof of ownership and the chassis number must be stamped on the drawbar. You will also need white lamps at the front, on small trailers the yellow side lamps are not needed. Dont forget you will also need winter tyres, or all season if you have dub fri on your car.
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gplusa
post 13.Aug.2012, 10:00 AM
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Location: Luleå
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Thanks for the comments to date. I'm looking at buying a new horse trailer. There's about 30,000SEK+ to be saved in buying one from the UK but I'm a bit worried that the hassles and costs of registering it etc in Sweden might not be worth the grief.
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DaveN
post 13.Aug.2012, 12:37 PM
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If it's new, you can get all the paperwork you need with it - weights, EU conformance, proof of purchase etc, and it should be fairly straight forward. A friend bought one in Germany, and it was all plain sailing.
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hjoian
post 13.Aug.2012, 02:07 PM
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I dont understand why trailers are so much more expensive than everywhere else in Europe. Any new trailer sold in the UK will be EU type approved, you just need to get a receipt from the manufacturer/seller with the chassis number and coupling types, and you should have no problems registering it in Sweden. If you use a UK registered towing vehicle in Sweden, then you dont need to bother with the registration.
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Fandango
post 13.Aug.2012, 02:27 PM
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Joined: 13.Aug.2012

Hi there,

I have been a local visitor almost daily for two years but this post prompted me now to register.

I also am very interested in this subject.

I would like to move to Stockholm region in maybe 12-24 months time. I would be moving a medium sized, one man band metal fabrication business with me so would probably arrive with:
1) Huge 7metre professionally built, and Finnish registered and plated 2 ton box trailer.
2) A 2 ton Ifor Williams plant trailer (unoffical plate as previous owner tampered with the carrying capacity but I could get a plate from IW no doubt).
3) an unbraked 450kg erde small trailer

and the one i am particulary concerned about:

4) a custom Fabricated (my myself) trailer built to suit a highly specialised motorsport vehicle. This isn't a caravan chassis hackup but a very professionally built trailer, galvanised, stress calculated etc, that crosses europe regulary with, touch wood, no problems or attention form authorities. As I built it (too then UK regs) is has no manufacturers documentation.

All of these trailers run on UK vehicle plates but I would like to register them once in Sweden.
I have been told (possibly unreliably) that is a trailer is to be used greater than 5kmph then it must be tested (similar to a car) and registered.

I am interested in this process as I have also in my mind considered producing more of these custom built trailers but need to find out how or what the proceedure is for becoming a authorised manufacturer of custom trailers.

I would love to hear from anybody who has in the past had any first hand experience of registering custom built trailers in Sweden.

Thanks
Tim
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rodeo al
post 13.Aug.2012, 06:08 PM
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QUOTE (gplusa @ 13.Aug.2012, 09:00 AM) *
Thanks for the comments to date. I'm looking at buying a new horse trailer. There's about 30,000SEK+ to be saved in buying one from the UK but I'm a bit worried th ... (show full quote)

ok this is the deal, i have been bringing in a few ifor williams horseboxs and cattle trailers, all you need is a CoC (a certificate of conformaty) BUT the problem here is the swedish importer Trailer import is like the bloody mafia !
they want 12000sek YES 1/4 of the price of a trailer for the paper !

i have been haveing ongoing heated arguments with ifor williams factory about why they cant control their importers but to no avail , in france a CoC costs 800sek and in belgium 1200sek

i have one im just importing and i have done this diffrently to bypass trailer import if this works (ill know in a few weeks) it will cost 1000sek for the papers

keep an eye out on blocket if you see a new HB506 for 60000sek you will know it worked!
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DaveN
post 14.Aug.2012, 10:36 AM
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Can IWT in the UK not give you the C of C? After all, they make them and certify them. And does this only apply to new trailers, or ones already owned for some time?
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rodeo al
post 14.Aug.2012, 01:07 PM
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as i said i have been having plenty of arguments iwt , they will not issue a coc, they say it is up to the importer of each country to do it.
they havent even got a good reason why the costs for the coc vary so much country to country !
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Gordy
post 14.Aug.2012, 02:02 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

Surely a CoC from any EU country should be acceptable?

In these difficult times, I'm sure for instance the Greek importer for example or some other would be delighted to turn some easy money for shuffling some paper.
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Osk
post 14.Aug.2012, 04:56 PM
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Joined: 28.Nov.2005

I had nothing but trouble - I have all the Eu paperwork as above but they did not register the horse trailer:

1. because they had not 'heard of the manufacturer'

2. the max load on the plate was 2,300kg - this meant it was EU certificated to carry UP TO 2,300kg. Not allowed must say 1300kg even if it could carry more.

3. Wanted proof of ownership although they do not require that for the car or the caravan.
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rodeo al
post 14.Aug.2012, 06:43 PM
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Joined: 13.Aug.2012

what make of trailer was that??
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Micardo
post 14.Aug.2012, 07:04 PM
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Joined: 22.May.2006

If the trailer is from the UK it has no registration, but if it is from a country that requires registration and is already registered does that make any difference. Surely they cannot refuse to register a trailer already registered in another EU country ??? I thought that was the whole point of the EU ?
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DaveN
post 14.Aug.2012, 09:26 PM
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I spoke to IWT today, and got the usual reply. But then I asked for something to prove it is to UK construction and use regulations, but they didn't seem to think they had anything. Then they pushed me to the importer, stating they couldn't confirm it would be to Swedish specs. I told them I wasn't asking that it be to swedish spec, as that is up to me, just like converting a car to KPH speedo.

I called again later and spoke to someone else, same spiel, but this time I told them it was going to Estonia where they don't have an importer. That threw them a little, and they promised to send an email to me straight away with a questionnaire, not sure why. Never did get that email.
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