Tips for Towing a Caravan

  • Make sure your legal! If you passed your driving licence after 1997 you may need to take a B+E test. To find out call 01625 433251 or visit

  • Make sure your trailer is regularly serviced and maintained. It is not wise to leave your caravan, horse box or trailer unused for the majority of the year before taking it out on the road without checking it for serviceability, brakes and tyres in particular.

  • When towing larger trailers that have brakes fitted, the weight of the vehicle should not (as a rule of thumb) exceed 85% of the kerb weight of the towing vehicle.

  • Check the condition of tyres and tyre pressures regularly.

  • If you are towing a large high sided trailer or caravan you may require extended door mirrors. These will help visibility along both sides of your vehicle and trailer.

  • You will need to be aware that the vehicle and caravan will take longer to stop, accelerate and turn than a vehicle on its own.

  • Try to put all heavy items over the axle and make sure they are secured to prevent movement when cornering or braking.

  • To check your nose weight place a flat piece of wood on your bathroom scales (to spread the load and prevent damage to the scales).

  • Check the weight shown on the scales and compare with your car / trailer requirements.

  • It is helpful to have a companion to guide you when reversing your vehicle, so that the ball is underneath the coupling head of the trailer.

  • If the back of the car is too low and the nose weight is correct and the car tow ball is the correct height, then you have either have got too much weight in the back of the car or the car springs need strengthening with spring assistors.

  • Remember to allow for the extra length and width of your vehicle and trailer when taking corners or manoeuvring in a confined space.

  • When reversing into a space, turn the steering wheel the opposite way to normal to start the trailer turning, then slacken off and turn the normal way to enable the car to follow the trailer.

  • As long as the trailer is evenly loaded, nose weight is correct and the whole outfit sits level on the road you are unlikely to experience a problem with snaking, except for high sided trailers/caravans where side winds or passing HGVs can unrest the trailer.

  • You may need a stabiliser. These reduce snaking by increasing the turning friction between towing vehicle and trailer. However a stabiliser will not compensate for bad loading, weight distribution.

  • It would be useful to practise in a large open space before you are competent enough to go out on the road.

  • Don't give up, keep practising.

  • And finally if you need further advice on towing your caravan or want to book a lesson please call our office on 01625 433251 and we will be happy to help you

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