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I'm not sure if I can drive a Luton with a tail lift on my post-97 driving licence (passed 2000)? Going to be too heavy with an Invacar aboard?

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I'm not sure if I can drive a Luton with a tail lift on my post-97 driving licence (passed 2000)? Going to be too heavy with an Invacar aboard?

I passed my test in 2002 and have rented and driven countless Lutons so no problem there.

I have also used a Luton to move Mini's twice so also not a problem providing you can get it up in there.

The Mini's I transported were shells with all of the bits separate so same weight, just in more manageable chunks.

If you have enough people, you can roll the back wheels of the Invacar onto the tail lift and then have someone raise it whilst others lift the front until you are high enough to roll it in

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I've now got a quote for £195 for the full journey to Whitstable from an Ipswich based courier with 43 out of 44 positive feedback.

 

The biggest problem about using a courier, is actually finding a way of paying the yard if their banking is up the creek.

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A lot of Lutons are sub-3.5 tonne GVW and can therefore be driven on your licence.  You don't need a massive Luton to transport an Invacar...  Only problem is that tail lifts tend to be wider than they are long, and an Invacar might be longer than the length of the ramp, if that makes sense.  It would go on sideways, but then you'd have to get it into the van sideways too, which could be interesting.

 

How easy it will be to load / unload will depend largely on whether the wheels turn or not - if they do you could rig up some ramps using decking planks or whatever and roll it off.  If not, four blokes should be able to lift it out.

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I've now got a quote for £195 for the full journey to Whitstable from an Ipswich based courier with 43 out of 44 positive feedback.

 

The biggest problem about using a courier, is actually finding a way of paying the yard if their banking is up the creek.

 

Paypal? Then at least they've got the money ready to tramsfer when their banking issues are sorted.

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If you’re considering hiring a Luton, why not just hire a beaver tail? You’ll have ramps and a winch.. much easier & my local van hire place it’s the same price. Hired it plenty of times on a 2009 license too.

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Bear in mind though that most modern 3.5-tonne beavertails don't have a solid bed, they have two separate ramps with a gap between them.  This keeps the unladen weight down and thus the payload up, but is not ideal for transporting a 3-wheeler.

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Bear in mind though that most modern 3.5-tonne beavertails don't have a solid bed, they have two separate ramps with a gap between them.  This keeps the unladen weight down and thus the payload up, but is not ideal for transporting a 3-wheeler.

Ah my local one is a full bed mk6 Transit, got to be worth checking your local out?

 

Ours is £85 for the day, that plus diesel is cheaper than Shipley and you get to have fun driving a beaver tail!

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Well, I've just told Mrs Egg, and it was more shrug of resigned acceptance than anything else.

 

I have made contact with one of the couriers (Jareck) who says he could do the full journey Wednesday morning for £195 to Whitstable.

 

So only barriers are:

- me being able to pay for it so the yard can let it go

- the yard changing their mind

- them not actually getting their act together and moving it

- me getting the Mondeo taxed and out of the garage.

 

Many possible things could go wrong. I may still need the generous help of our East Anglian crew, but as of this Sunday afternoon there is a plan.

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sounds like a plan :)

 

my only thing to add is, are you able to ride along with the courier?

 

because with something like this, id think it would be good to personally be there so you can make sure no more bits go missing

 

and also so you have a chance to scope around the yard and see if you can find the door or any other bits :)

 

(or if you cant go along, can anyone else here go along?)

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Very good points.

 

No I can't childcare and dental appointment(!) will put pay to that if it goes ahead Weds.

 

I expect Wuv/Barmatt/Greengartside will all be at work - but if it turns out they could be passing Weds morning - then great!

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Hah to the dental appointment  :mrgreen:

 

shame about the door, I imagine since it was made out of steel and had some scrap value it was probably ripped off at some point and thrown into the scrap steel bin sadly

 

if you cant find a door, you could run arround pretending your a really small FX3 London Taxi :)

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Indeed. It is he who reckons he knows where a windscreen is. He probably has other parts too.

 

Is 'classic microcars uk' the Facebook group I need to be in?

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£195 isn't bad really for that distance.  I was working it out the other day and by the time you factor in diesel, something to eat and 2x Dartford crossings, it'd be £100 just in fixed costs.  Unless Jarek's conveyance of choice is a lot more economical than my LDV, of course - some of these modern vans are supposed to do daft mpg.

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£195 isn't bad really for that distance. I was working it out the other day and by the time you factor in diesel, something to eat and 2x Dartford crossings, it'd be £100 just in fixed costs. Unless Jarek's conveyance of choice is a lot more economical than my LDV, of course - some of these modern vans are supposed to do daft mpg.

I was horrified at the MPG on that transit I borrowed last week. Just scraped 27 there and 26 back. Perhaps I was dreaming, but I thought - unladen - early/mid 30s should have been easy.

 

Oh well!

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