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Towmatch: the easy way to match car and caravan

Posted on 04 Jan 2008

Sally Pepper

Are you considering buying a new car or caravan? Match it up to your current car or caravan with this simple caravanning guide to towmatching.

If choosing a caravan

All you need is:

The kerbweight of your car

The maximum braked tow limit of your car

If you’re new to towing, your caravan’s MTPLM should weigh no more than 85 per cent of your car’s kerbweight.
If you’re an experienced caravanner, the all-up weight of your caravan should never exceed the kerbweight of your towcar.

Occasionally a car will have a max braked tow limit that fewer kilos than its kerbweight figure. In those rare cases you should use that max braked tow limit figure in the calculations below, instead of the car's kerbweight.

The calculation:

Car kerbweight (kg) x 0.85 = max caravan weight (kg)*

*When you're looking at caravan brochures or listings in Caravan Buyer magazine, the figure you need to refer to is the MTPLM figure. This is the caravan's Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass - in other words it's maximum weight when fully loaded.

Experienced caravanners can tow a slightly heavier caravan, but the car kerbweight should never be lower than the MTPLM of the caravan.

If choosing a car

All you need is:

The MTPLM (max loaded weight) of the caravan. This can be found in the brochure, or on the caravan's weight plate (usually alongside the door).

The calculation:

Caravan weight (MTPLM)/0.85 = minimum car kerbweight (kg)*

Some examples:


At 85%:

Tows up to 1169kg (MTPLM)

 AUDI A3 – 1378kg (kerbweight)        
ford focus towcars  

  Tows up to 1275kg (MTPLM)

 FORD FOCUS – 1501kg        
mondeo towcar  

Tows up to 1405kg (MTPLM)

 FORD MONDEO ESTATE – 1654kg        
freelander towcar  

 Tows up to 1517kg (MTPLM)

LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2 – 1785kg        

Tows up to 1606kg (MTPLM)

 HONDA CRV – 1890kg        

 Tows up to 1756kg (MTPLM)

 KIA SORENTO – 2067kg        
Land Rover Discovery Towcar  

Tows up to 1895kg (MTPLM)

 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY – 2230kg        

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