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.
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.
Does towing a caravan damage your car?
Towing will add some extra wear and tear on the engine, gearbox and transmission systems; and possibly the suspension too.
What you need to know before buying a caravan?
A few of the important ones are: checking your caravan is watertight, water is the biggest risk to your caravan and can cost you big to set right; check for scratches or dents on the bodywork as you could get some money knocked off if you’re happy to deal with; make sure all of the gas and electric safety certificates …
Does a caravan need an MOT?
Caravans don’t need an MOT but it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure the caravan is safe to travel on the road and an annual service is recommended to check it is roadworthy and that gas, electrical and water systems are working properly.