The Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) and National Caravan Council (NCC) are supporting the Driver and Vehicle Standard’s Agency’s (DVSA) new campaign for SAFE towing
Towing a Caravan
Towing a caravan can be a nerve-wracking experience for the first few occasions, however, once you have picked up the technique, you will be towing your caravan up and down the country without a worry.
Safe and responsible towing is a very important part of caravanning.
Here you’ll find advice on the practicalities of towing a caravan and how to accurately measure the weight of your caravan.
Keeping a close eye on the weight that your caravan carries is a very important part of your caravan’s care and maintenance. It is important that you do not overload your caravan and that you know what your caravan weighs. Car weight allowances The Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of a car is the heaviest load […]
Knowing (and having the ability to adjust) the nose weight of your caravan is very important. The nose weight is the weight (force) that is exerted on the car’s tow ball when your caravan is attached. The weight of the caravan should exert a slight downward force on the rear of the car. This helps […]
It’s very easy to overload your caravan with unnecessary weight, potentially making it unsafe or illegal to tow. Luckily, there are a number of weight-saving tips to shed a few extra kilograms. When loading your caravan you must be aware of its Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM). This is the maximum weight your caravan can […]
It can be tricky the first few times you reverse your caravan. By following a few simple steps you can learn to reverse a caravan safely and accurately. For those not used to reversing a caravan, it is important to note that initially, your caravan may provide some resistance and then start backing up with […]
Many modern cars come with reverse parking sensors as optional extras or included in the package. These are very useful when parallel parking in town or navigating car parks but are unfortunately useless and a distraction when trying to reverse with a caravan in tow. As you turn the caravan one of the corners will […]
Planning on driving in Europe? Speeding or driving without the proper equipment in some European countries can lead to hefty on-the-spot fines. Sometimes, if you can’t pay these fines and your car will be confiscated so it’s worth swotting up on the rules for driving in Europe. Carrying the proper equipment in Europe Firstly, it’s […]