Towing a caravan: dispelling the myths
Unless you have a static caravan, towing your unit to the desired destination is a key part of any caravan holiday. There are lots of myths floating about as to how difficult it is to tow a caravan; these are often enough to completely put people off the idea of caravanning. We would like to set the record straight about what is and isn’t involved in towing a caravan. It really is much easier than you think!
In order to tow safely and confidently, our advice to anyone new to towing is:
• Be confident and keep a positive attitude
• Drive it like a car
• Be respectful and mindful of your vehicle plus other road users at all times
• Remember that your car will handle differently than normal, especially when braking, accelerating and cornering
• Allow extra space around you
• Allow more time for manoeuvres
• Know how to handle snaking and pitching (see 'How to tow')
• Be familiar with the towing speed limits and stick to them
• Remember that it is illegal – and potentially dangerous – for anyone to sit inside a caravan whilst in transit
Which caravans are easiest to tow?
Caravans come in all shapes and sizes, so it goes without saying that some types are easier to tow and manoeuvre than others.
The larger and heavier twin axle caravans are more stable and easier to tow than conventional single axle caravans, but more difficult to manoeuvre when pitching on site or returning to storage. Tiny teardrop trailers are popular with people who want to tow with a small vehicle, such as a classic or sports car. Pop top caravans have a small frontal area, so have less drag when towing and better fuel consumption. As you would expect, folding caravans with low trailers are easy to tow, whereas the distinctive fifth wheelers can only be towed by a pickup truck.
For some practical and legal advice about towing please see our 'how to tow a caravan' article.
If you still have any questions or doubts about towing a caravan, please contact us and we will do our utmost to help. We will even be happy to take you out for a test tow to allay your concerns once and for all.