Club Improves Towing Match Service

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Thursday 06 March 2014

The Camping and Caravanning Club is continuing to improve its membership offering by negotiating an improved Towsafe Matching Service for its Club members.

The free service helps members to decide upon a safe and legal match between car and caravan, folding camper or trailer tent, before committing to a purchase. Importantly, it takes into account the tow vehicle, driving licence restrictions and the member’s current towing experience.

Towing safety is a high priority for the Club and it has ensured that the service is now even easier to use. Not only does it have a quicker log-in process, it also offers a car registration number entry option to help members to find their car quickly. The system will continue to offer a vehicle make and model search choice too.

Once a match has been processed, the Towsafe system will provide each member with personalised matching advice to ensure they tow safely and legally.

The Matching Service can be accessed via the Members’ Area of the Club website:

And it seems members have been using the service on a regular basis as the Club has noted a 600 per cent increase in the quantity of matches over the last few months and it now performs over a thousand matches every month.

Ian Hewlett, the Club’s Technical Manager, said: “The improvements that the Club and Towsafe has put in place will make it much easier for our members to find a suitable car and caravan combination match.

“Members will have the ability to perform a limited number of matches per year, which should be more than enough to find a suitable combination. We find Towsafe to be one of the most reliable sources of information on the market to date.”

The Towsafe Matching Service is an important tool to use when considering purchasing a caravan, folding camper or trailer tent. The matching process compares all factors including the kerbweight and towing limits of the car against the gross weight and the hitch limit of the towed unit.

Ian added: “In general, it’s best to use the heaviest, most powerful car to tow the lightest possible caravan. However many people consider the running costs of their cars as well as the purchase price and so are moving towards less powerful, more fuel-efficient engines, even though they still wish to tow.

“This makes the Towsafe tool even more important as it ensures each member’s match is safe and legal.”

Guy Puddifoot, MD at Towsafe also added: "We've worked closely with the Club to implement improved access to Towsafe and the addition of the vehicle registration number lookup facility should ease and speed the selection of car details. Helping members stay safe and legal is paramount.

“With more than 12 years’ experience, we check over 4000 pieces of car and caravan data for each match and supply vehicle nose-weight and gross train-weight information. Towsafe can, therefore, identify cars with low towing capabilities at gross vehicle weight and perform hitch and towball limit calculations too.

“Our mission is to supply the Club and the wider caravan community a professional outfit matching service that returns the most accurate match results possible.”

For more towing safety advice, visit the Club’s dedicated Technical Help section of the website:


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Notes for editors

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 112-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 17 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  2. was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
  3. incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.