Half Term Breaks | The Best Cars for Towing Caravans

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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

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Priced between £25,000-£32,000, the Skoda Superb Estate Elegance 2.0 TDI CR

Skoda Superb Estate Elegance

Skoda Superb Estate Elegance

Fiat Doblo 2.0 MultiJet Eleganza, priced at £16,000-£20,000

Fiat Doblo

Fiat Doblo

Volkswagen Golf Match 2.0TDI 140, a smaller alternative for towing

Volkswagen Golf Match

Volkswagen Golf Match

Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI Blue Efficiency Avantgarde Estate, a little pricy but a stunning design

Mercedes Benz E350

Mercedes Benz E350

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D Juro SST, a nicely rounded package

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE, great for hills and muddy campsite terrain!

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

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.

Auto Sleepers Cotswold EB

Auto Sleepers Cotswold EB

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, priced at £16,000 – £20,000

Volkswagen Golf Match 2.0TDI 140, a smaller alternative for towing

Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI Blue Efficiency Avantgarde Estate, a little pricy but a stunning design

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D Juro SST, a nicely rounded package

Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE, great for hills and uneven terrain

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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