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    Default Can I safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Dad has recently traded in his land rover disco for a citroen c5 2.0 HDi estate. Its kerb weight is 1574, which makes its towing capacity max 1300 inc the pony. I need something lightweight, and naively thought that the old rices were - but I cant find any info on their weights. Best I can get is vague descriptions on ebay of 'light weight trailer'.
    Was so hoping to find a tatty but sound bargain and do it up myself.. sort of like my ponies really

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    I've got an old Rice trailer and if I remember correctly its unladen weight is approx. 950kg

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Even the modern lw Ifor Williams single has a Max of 1600 , so too heavy
    The older Rice trailers will be much heavier.

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

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    I remember correctly its unladen weight is approx. 950kg

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    so it would be over 1300 laden
    The IFor is 750 unladen

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Dang - ok thanks guys

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Rice made a "lightweight" trailer to be towed by cars, before the new rules and regs came in. I think they were called Europa(?)

    I don't know if they could still be "legally" towed by a car now.

    If you are thinking of the Rice Beaufort/Farmers Hunt, etc. they would be too heavy for any car.

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    I've got an old Bahill trailer and I think they're about the lightest you can get. They're a bit scarce now but they do come up on ebay from time to time if you want to check them out. I took mine to the weighbridge and it weighed 680 kilo's without the partition (I use a single breastbar) We researched a lot into the weight of trailers because we have to use a car. I thought the Ifor Williams were 950 kilo's but I could be wrong.
    Good luck in your search!

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    Default Re: Can I safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Have a good look for a plate on the trailer, some of them have the weights stamped on them. Otherwise, call the company, they should be able to tell you from the chassis number http://www.richardsonrice.co.uk/
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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Thanks, checked out the europa and its still too heavy

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    Default Re: Can safely tow an old Rice 2 horse trailer?

    Thank you, found one on ebay but its abound the 900kg mark, I guess there are lighter and heavier models. Will keep a look out just in case one does turn up

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