This week it’s the school half term, during which an abundance of caravans and motorhomes splurge onto the roads of Britain for a week away from it all. Undoubtedly, they are not everyone’s cup of tea …to tow or to be stuck behind, due to the 60mph limit. But, for those who do enjoy a caravan holiday it is important to know the ins and outs of the appropriate towing vehicles. Do you need a 4×4 to tow a caravan or are smaller cars just as practical?
It is apparently extremely necessary to match the car to the caravan. This doesn’t mean colour-coordinating, but rather look at the weight ratio of the car to the loaded caravan. It is recommended that the caravan should not exceed 85% of the towing vehicle’s kerb weight, so this is important to keep in mind when choosing your caravan and towing vehicle.
Having worked out that figure, it all comes down to personal choice and fitting the standard towing criteria. It is important to consider the towing capacity of your vehicle and the type of tow bar you should fit. It would also be advised that you check the trailer is correctly loaded and recognise the ways in which towing can affect your driving. Insurance must also be considered and finally you must hold a valid towing licence.
So you’re ready to set off on your caravan extravaganza but which towing vehicle should you choose? Here are some of the best on the market to help you decide…
The reigning tow car of the year in 2004, Subaru Forester 2.0XT
Priced between £25,000-£32,000, the Skoda Superb Estate Elegance 2.0 TDI CR
Fiat Doblo 2.0 MultiJet Eleganza
Volkswagen Golf Match 2.0TDI 140
Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI Blue Efficiency Avantgarde Estate
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D Juro SST
Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE
Alternatively if you’d rather not tow the caravan but drive it you could try the Auto-Sleeper Cotswold EB; which won the Motor Caravan Design and Drive Awards 2010.
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