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If you are considering booking a cheap holiday this year, one of the best options is to hire a caravan. Not only will it save you vast sums on money on expensive accommodation, you can travel just about anywhere you want with it, providing you have the correct towing equipment.
Many people are put off the idea of buying or hiring a caravan because they think that their car will be incapable of towing it, but the truth is, any car can tow a caravan or trailer providing you have the correct towing equipment. However, if you are considering purchasing a new car, there are certainly models which will lend themselves to the job more readily.
Check out the Trusted Dealers’ top three tips when it comes to buying the perfect towing car.
Check the towing weight
First and foremost, you must check that the particular car you are considering can actually tow the weight you need. Every car has a maximum permitted towing weight, and if you were to exceed this, you could put yourself and other passengers in danger. You also risk a fine and points on your licence. You can locate you car’s maximum towing weight by looking in your owner’s handbook, but as a rule of thumb, a vehicle should not tow anything heavier than 85 per cent of its weight.
Heavier equals better?
When it comes to choosing the right towing car, the heavier it is, the better equipped it should be for towing, however, it’s well worth remembering that whichever car you pick, it will spend the majority of its life without something attached. Therefore it is no good choosing a huge heavy car which will guzzle fuel and cost you a lot to maintain and insure. The best course of action you can therefore take is to opt for something in the middle.
Seek advice from experts
Seeking advice from other caravanners , clubs or online forums could save you heaps of money. It is well worth finding out how a car actually drives when it is towing a caravan – it might handle very differently, and while test drives are an essential part of the buying process, you cannot put a price on first-hand experience from other drivers, particularly when it is also highly unlikely you will be allowed the chance to tow a caravan or trailer during the test drive.