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What Can You Tow - Towing A Caravan


What Can You Tow?

Driving Licence Limitations In Brief.
Full details can be found here

Licences issued from 19 January 2013
From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:-small trailers weighing no more than 750kg
trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg

Licences held from 1 January 1997
If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can drive either:-
a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500 kilograms (kg) Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (with a combined weight of up to 4,250kg in total)
a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen or ‘kerb’ weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total)

Licences held before 1 January 1997
If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM. This is the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road.

Towing heavier combinations
If you want to tow anything heavier than shown above then you are required to take an additional test.

Car Towing Weight And Width Limits In Brief
Full details can be found here

Most cars have a maximum weight of what they can tow. It’s usually listed in the handbook or specification sheet. Alternatively the vehicle’s gross train weight may be listed on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the car. This is normally under the bonnet or inside the driver’s door. The gross train weight is the weight of the fully loaded car plus fully loaded trailer and must not be exceeded. If your VIN plate doesn’t list a train weight, you should not use your vehicle for towing. The maximum trailer width for any towing vehicle is 2.55 metres. The maximum length is 7 metres for a trailer towed by a vehicle weighing up to 3.5 tonnes (3,500 kilograms).

Buying A Towbar
You can buy towbars to have fitted or buy them with fitting costs included. Don't forget you will also need the electrics fitting to match your unit. There are many manufactures and retailers, here are just a few we have chosen.


Over View



All Towsure towbars come with our lifetime warranty, plus all newly produced towbars feature the Towsure ElectroShield powder coat paint finish to keep your towbar looking as good as it performs. Professional mobile towbar fitting service available. Clear instructions and diagrams plus FREE technical support for DIY fitting.

Tel: 0114 250 3000
Website Towsure

PF Jones

PF Jones Towbars supply a range of market leading tow bars at competitive prices. All tow bars come with fitting instructions and free fitting advice. They sock a comprehensive range of towbars from all the top quality manufacturers including Witter tow bar systems, Westfalia towbars, Bosal towbars. With over 2500 tow bars ready for next day delivery on all orders placed before 12 noon.

Tel: 0161 886 5796
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Website: PF Jones


Ordering a Towbar and booking a fitting online from Witter is convenient and you can be secure in the knowledge that the Towbar, electrical kit and fitting work is all guaranteed by Witter Towbars direct. They supply detachable and fixed towball systems, with over 250 stockists nationwide.

Website: Witter Towbars

 Towing Equipment Safety Standards In Brief
Full details can be found here

The equipment you use with your trailer or caravan must meet certain safety standards.
Towing bars
Need to be ‘type approved’. This means they meets EU regulations and are designed for your car. A type-approved tow bar will have a label with an approval number and details of the vehicles it’s approved for. If your car was first used before 1 August 1998, your tow bar doesn’t need to be type-approved.
Towing mirrors
You must have an adequate view of the road behind you. If your caravan or trailer is wider than the rear of the towing vehicle, you may need to fit suitable towing mirrors.
Trailer brakes
Any trailer weighing over 750 kilograms must have a working brake system.  Any brakes on a trailer or caravan must be in good working order.


Check Your Car And Caravan Match
You can get a good idea of the compatibility of your car and caravan or a car and caravan you are considering buying by checking it out on the What Tow Car Site.
Check your Car And Caravan Match At What Tow Car

What Other Considerations?
85% Rule
The above sets out the legal limits but the AA and Camping And Caravan Club and many others also recommend an additional rule they call the 85% rule. It goes like this "Unless you're very experienced and confident, experts recommend that the weight of the loaded caravan should not be more than 85% of the car's Kerb Weight."  You can read more about this here 85% Rule

Speed Limits
The maximum speed that a car towing a caravan or trailer can legaly do is 60mph on UK motorways and dual carriageways, 50mph on single carageways and 30mph in built up areas providing there are  no lower speed limits in force at the time. Towing vehicles are not allowed to use the right-hand, overtaking lane of a three lane carriageway.




You may be interested in towbars and towing related products from the following companies

Witter Towbars

Anker Towbars Ltd

Towtrust Towbars


PF Jones Towbars
A comprehensive range of towbars from all the top quality
manufacturers, over 2500 tow bars ready for next day delivery.

supply quality tow bars at competitive prices for all makes of cars and  they are delivered to your door complete with tow ball, single pre-wired electrics and full fitting instructions


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