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    Default VSB1 v5 - Trailer building Regulations

    Vehicle Standards Bulletin VSB1

    I've taken the liberty of putting up the link to the current* Vehicle Standards Bulletin for building small trailers under 4.5 tonne. This is pretty much the bible for building trailers and is recognized Nationally.

    There are some changes from the previous versions, mainly to the lighting requirements, but I think I've got my head around them. So feel free to ask for any clarifications.


    * Revision 5 - June 2009



    Glider, Dragonboat, Rowing & Trailer Sailer Trailers - You can build a trailer to carry these items, whose overhang exceeds that of the VSB1 regulations above. Attached are the relevant links to some of the information required for each state. It is suggested that you contact your own state authority to obtain the most up to date information. In some states you are required to carry a copy of the bulletin around with you.


    New South Wales (currently cannot find any documentation that allows trailers over 3.7M overhang)
    Northern Territory
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Tasmania
    Victoria
    Western Australia (currently cannot find any documentation that allows trailers over 3.7M overhang)
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    Default Safety Chains

    Thank you for the great information... please... Make the safety "chains" extremely strong, using the shackles that actual have a system to keep them from coming lose. Such as a spring loaded retainer.

    I had two close Army Veterans that were killed on a Saturday morning "fun run" (Motor cycle) with a group of about 50 riders (Including his father and other family members) killed when a trailer broke loose from a truck going in the opposite direction with a huge grass area dividing the two directs of traffic. The trailer was used for hauling lawn mowers and such, the tires were in good shape, the trailer was well within specifications, the safety chains had been attached, no speeding involved, a bump in the road caused the trailer to jump off of the hitch, broke the chains, went through the median (the 70+ foot dividing area between the two lanes of traffic flow) striking their motorcycle, they had helmets, experienced riders). The investigation called it an "accident," no one was cited, the trailer was found to be well within the standards, etc.

    what happened was two young veterans were killed, and they had two young children, a large group of friends that saw the entire event. There was nothing they could do, some of the other motor cycles had to dump their bikes in a controlled slide so the wheels of their bikes hit the trailer and avoiding being thrown from their bikes. Skinned up but alive.

    Please over build, and if you can think of any safety devices to add to the designs, do!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yonnee View Post
    Vehicle Standards Bulletin VSB1

    I've taken the liberty of putting up the link to the current* Vehicle Standards Bulletin for building small trailers under 4.5 tonne. This is pretty much the bible for building trailers and is recognized Nationally.

    There are some changes from the previous versions, mainly to the lighting requirements, but I think I've got my head around them. So feel free to ask for any clarifications.


    * Revision 5 - June 2009



    Glider, Dragonboat, Rowing & Trailer Sailer Trailers - You can build a trailer to carry these items, whose overhang exceeds that of the VSB1 regulations above. Attached are the relevant links to some of the information required for each state. It is suggested that you contact your own state authority to obtain the most up to date information. In some states you are required to carry a copy of the bulletin around with you.


    New South Wales (currently cannot find any documentation that allows trailers over 3.7M overhang)
    Northern Territory
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Tasmania
    Victoria
    Western Australia (currently cannot find any documentation that allows trailers over 3.7M overhang)

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    Default VSB 1 R6 Update

    VSB 1 was updated to R6 in Feb 21

    https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/ve...222.pdf#page68

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    Quote Originally Posted by racingtadpole View Post
    VSB 1 was updated to R6 in Feb 21
    Tried your link and it came up with a "not found" error. Seems the url has now changed to:

    https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/si...6-20210222.pdf

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