Need to know

Towing Legislation

towingTowing legislation has changed over the years and in some aspects has become quite technical. We will not attempt to deal with it in detail here but will arm you with the simple facts that will keep you legal when on the road.

These two diagrams give you the information you will need to calculate what weight you can legally tow either braked or unbraked.

IMPORTANT: Most licenses that are issued are “B” licenses which entitles you to tow a trailer with a GVM of up to 750 kg. Above that (boat/caravan etc) you require an “EB” license. This is not onerous and is highly recommended.

Safety tips

The first thing to remember when you are towing is that you now have 50% more wheels on the road and probably half the length of your car behind you. Safety starts before you even start towing. The trailer must be securely hitched, the electrics must be plugged in and tested and the jockey wheel must be securely stowed. (On uneven surfaces we recommend that you remove it and stow it in the trailer)

For those of you nervous about reversing a trailer the video link is a MUST. You will never have a problem again!

Warranties & Maintenance

Jurgens trailers come with a 1 year warranty plus a 3 year paint warranty against rust which is the only trailer in the South African market to offer that warranty.

It is recommended that your trailer be serviced at regular intervals at a certified Jurgens Ci dealer workshop. A trailer that has stood for 11 months of the year is probably more in need of a service than one in regular use.
Jurgens, Jurgens Safari, Gypsey and Sprite caravans come with a manufacturer warranty. The warranty on conventional (on-road) caravans is 2 years and on off-road caravans 1 year. Caravans require a service once every 6 months.

Stickers, Triangles and Safety Gear

Over_Border_ZAStickerIt is compulsory for any South African vehicle, caravan or trailer to have a ZA sign displayed when it crosses any of the borders. The ZA sign must be placed on the rear of each vehicle, caravan and trailer in a visible position and may not be within 150mm of the rear number plate.

Over_Border_MozwarningWhen travelling in Mozambique with a vehicle in tow, you are required to display a set of blue and yellow warning triangles. One triangle must be placed on the front right bumper of the vehicle and the other on the rear of the vehicle towed.

Over_Border_TsignsWhen travelling in Zimbabwe and towing any caravan or trailer, you will be required to display a set of T-signs. The white T-sign must be placed on the extreme right of the caravan or trailer whilst the red T-sign must be placed on the extreme right rear of the same caravan or trailer.

Over_Border_TrianglesWhen travelling with any South African registered vehicle in Mozambique you will need to have a set of red warning triangles in your possession.Regulations are as follows:

  • Each side of your triangle must be 500mm long and 50mm wide, with a thickness of roughly 5mm.
  • The triangle must be uniformly covered in red reflective material.
  • The back of the triangle must either be uniformly white, or have a 5mm-wide white border.
  • The edge of the triangle must be yellow.
  • The reflective surfaces must be well-maintained.
  • The triangle must be visible from at least 100m in the presence of light.

aa-yellow-jacket-90-90It is now compulsory for motorists to carry the reflective jackets when travelling to Mozambique. Your reflective vest must be made from polyester and it must be closable at the front and adjustable on all sides.The vest must be equipped with polyvinyl reflective strips, no less than 400mm wide, in yellow or green on the front, to the sides, and on the back of the vest. The vest must be worn when at the scene of a car accident, when repairing your vehicle on the side of the road and when reloading cargo that has fallen from your vehicle on to the road.