Hi and apologies to a question which i will know has been asked many times but want to check, with it being more specific to my own situation
I'm thinking of purchasing a caravan soon - 2016 ELDDIS XPLORE 586, which has the following spec;
Mass in Running Order (Kg) - 1155
Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass (Kg) - 1350
Internal Length (metres) - 5. 7
Shipping Length (metres) - 7. 29
Width (metres) - 2. 18
My towcar is a 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate SE Technology 2. 0 TDi (150ps), with the following spec;
Max Permissable Mass 1924kg
Mass in service (kerbweight) 1354kg
Max Technically permissable towed Mass (braked) 1600kg
My question is, I'm aware there is a ADVISED GUIDELINE that newbie's should try not to exceed 85% of the kerbweight of the car for the caravan's MTPLM (1151kg, in this case). ..BUT, skoda's kerbweight includes 75kg for the driver - I will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids (both under 5) with a combined weight of 93kg. ..i will also generally be fully laden with luggage in the boot and luggage in the top-box. ..all-in, i'd guesstimate i'll have an additional 300kg (including the passengers and luggage) each time. ..this brings the car's gross weight to 1654kg and 85% of this now becomes 1406kg. ..with he caravan MTPLM being 1350kg, this would give me a new ratio of 82% car grossweight:caravan MTPLM. ..is this now more advisable/safer for me, or are the guidelines based strictly on the original kerbweight, without any additional weights added? I also understand that weight displacement within the caravan is of paramount importance (i. e placing heavier weight low down and over axle area etc).
I'm likely complicating things but the caravan is definitely the model we want and i was hoping to avoid having to change my car, as I only recently purchased it (without any future thoughts of towing caravans!)...above all and especially with travelling with my family, I just want to ensure i'm doing things as safely as reasonably practicable and thought this was the best place to get answers, from experienced caravanners.
I thank you in advance