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Old 03-13-2019, 03:43 AM   #1
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Making my Airstream road legal for the UK

Good Morning all,

I am awaiting on the delivery of my 1971 Airstream Sovereign at the end of this month, with the intention of turning the trailer into a family get away.

I will be looking to tow the trailer around the UK and Europe, but have not been able to find much information on people changing the tow and hitch fittings to comply with UK regulations.

Is there anyone within this forum who has achieved this and able to assist me in finding the right information and enjoy this wonderful creation here in Europe and the UK.

Very many thanks in advance for any information.


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Old 03-13-2019, 03:58 AM   #2
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There is a huge body of experience in doing this Kev

Contact the WBCCI Europe and especially Marc Harris who converts several trailers each year.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:03 AM   #3
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We wanted to welcome you to the forums and wish you good fortune as you make the modifications needed to tow in the UK. We've seen quite a few Airstreams on the road in the UK on our visits, but nothing as large as a Sovereign. It will certainly gather some attention.

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We saw a new export European version airstream on our factory tour. Couldn't figure out what was different at first.
It was a Bambi, but it was also narrower than the other new ones. The rear lights were also different. I believe overseas they require yellow turn signals.
Your 1971 (ours is a 1970), is going to be a big rig over there! Send photos of your updates and what you find out!
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Your best route is to find UKAirstreamers on FB. Marc & many others will be glad to help. You will have TV & drivers licence issues to address as well as everything else. With a 30ft trailer, your TV must have a gross weight rating of >3501kg. This requires an advanced driver licence to cover the TV and the towing.
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