From good-looking estate cars, such as the Mercedes E50d, through to the Hercules of towing cars itself, the Land Rover Discovery, a car should have plenty of pulling power (torque and horsepower) to tow your caravan, horsebox or other trailer type. It should feel smooth and stable on the roads and the journey should be comfortable.
Tips for towing caravans
The date you receive your driving licence is important because it determines how much you can tow with your vehicle legally.
If you received your driving licence from 1 January 1997 onwards, you can tow a vehicle of up to 3 500 maximum authorised mass (MAM) and a trailer of up to 750 kilos or tow a trailer of more than 750 kilo as long the combined MAM of the trailer and vehicle is no more than 3 500 kilo.
If you received your licence before 1 January 1997, you can drive a vehicle and trailer combination of up to 8 250 kilo MAM.
MAM describes the weight of the vehicle when it’s loaded, so it helps to know the weight of your caravan and of your car.
Here are some helpful tips for towing caravans:
- Match the caravan’s nose weight to the vehicle. This is the weight the caravan places on the tow ball when attached. This should be between 50 and 100 kilos, but no more (although some 4x4s can handle 120 kilos).
- Add extended mirrors
- Learn to load your caravan properly
- Keep below the speed limit, which is 30 mph in built-up areas, 50 mph on single carriageways, 60 mph on dual ones and 60 mph on motorways when towing a caravan
Best cars for towing caravans
Got somewhere planned to spend the summer? Looking for a reliable vehicle to assist you in a caravanning adventure? Look no further. Here are the 10 best cars for towing a caravan.