What size car do you need to tow a caravan?
The Camping and Caravanning Club recommends towing a caravan weighing no more than 85% of the car’s kerbweight, especially if you are new to towing. This is sometimes called ‘the 85% rule’, which is a little misleading as it’s not a legal requirement.
Can I tow a caravan with my car?
If the maximum mass of the caravan is 85% or less than the total kerb weight of the car, the car will tow the caravan easily. … If the maximum mass of the caravan is over 100% of the car’s kerb weight (the caravan weighs more than the car) then it should not be towed by the vehicle under any circumstances.
How do I know if my car can tow a caravan?
To calculate this, you only need to know two key figures: the kerbweight of the car and the maximum mass of the caravan (called ‘maximum technically permissible laden mass’, or MTPLM). If the mass of the caravan is 85% or less of the car’s kerbweight, the car will tow it with ease.
What are the rules for towing a caravan?
How to tow a caravan
- You mustn’t overload the car or caravan.
- The weight of the loaded caravan/trailer must be within your car’s towing ability.
- The combined weight of the loaded car and loaded caravan/trailer must be below the maximum ‘train’ weight for your car.
Do I need insurance to tow a caravan on the road?
By law you don’t have to buy caravan insurance, but without it you won’t be protected from theft or damage. To tow a caravan with a car, car insurance is enough by law on the road. … But just having car insurance only gives you third party cover – which means there’s no cover for your caravan if it’s damaged or stolen.
Is there an age limit for towing a caravan?
There is no lower age limit for towing a caravan, it all depends upon your licence having the relevant entitlements. If you passed your test after January 19, 2013, and the combined weight of the caravan is more than 3.5 tonnes, you’ll have to pass a further test in category B+E.
Is it legal to tow a car on a motorway?
Can you tow a car on the motorway? You can’t tow a car on the motorway if it didn’t break down on the motorway. The speed of other vehicles travelling on the carriageway would make it extremely dangerous for you, the other driver and all other road users.
Can a 1.6 diesel pull a caravan?
Despite achieving 78.5mpg on the combined cycle, the Honda Civic 1.6 diesel is strong enough for towing duties, pulling its caravan from 30-60mph in a respectable 18.7 seconds. It stops well, too, needing just 10.9m to come to a halt from 30mph.
What car can tow a 1600kg caravan?
Winner of the WhatCar? Best family car 2016, the 2.0 TDI Skoda Octavia offers a maximum towing limit of 1600kg and a towball limit of 75kg. Part of the Volkswagen family, it is well built, extremely good value for money and deceptively spacious.
Which is the best car for towing a caravan?
Named as the overall winner in the 2019 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year awards in 2019, the Volvo XC60 also took the class win in both ‘Caravan Weight 1,500-1,700kg’ and ‘Best Family Towcar’ categories, making it perfect for this list.