So you’ve made the first decision – to buy a caravan – but where do you go from here? The choice is bewildering. Prices vary from £500 to £50,000 and you could base your decision on anything, from the colour of the furnishing to the country of manufacture. Where should you start? And will you get a better ’van if you pay more?
This Data Sheet offers a few pointers by helping you ask the right questions and consider your requirements before making an investment.
Your towing vehicle
Realistically, unless you want to upgrade your car, your choice of caravan will be limited by the towing capacity of your current vehicle. As a rule of thumb, find the car’s kerbweight from the handbook, divide by 100 and multiply by 85. This ‘85 per cent recommendation’ will give you a reasonable maximum weight of caravan you can tow comfortably. You’ll also need to check your car’s Towing Limit (again, see the handbook) and stay within it.
You’ll also need to check the limits of your driving licence before you take to the road with a caravan or other trailer in tow.
Data Sheet 40 – driving licences (pictured right) has detailed information about the limitations of a licence.