Matching your car and caravan
How big can I go?
Before you head off to buy a caravan you will need to have an idea of what your car can tow. Start by looking in the handbook to find the kerbweight of your car and multiply it by 85/100. This will give you the important ’85 per cent’ figure. Now check the towing limit for your particular model of car in the handbook. Is it higher than the 85 per cent figure? If so, you can begin to look for a caravan up to the 85 per cent limit. If not, you’ll be restricted to the lower towing limit. Whichever figure you use, the final thing to consider is that the whole outfit must be within the plated train weight of your car. Read our guide to weight and payload.
You should now have a figure to work with. Keep this in mind and compare it with the Maximum Technically Permissable Laden Mass (MTPLM) figure you’ll see quoted with most caravans. Theoretically you can tow up to 100 per cent of your car’s kerbweight (as long as you don’t exceed that all-important towing limit or the limit of your driving licence) but the Club certainly wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner.
If you’d like to find out more about matching your car and a caravan, check out the Matching Car and Caravan Data Sheet at the bottom of this page.
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