Learn How To Tow Your Caravan With Confidence
Whether you are going away for a short break or touring the UK, knowing the towing regulations and feeling confident in reversing and manoeuvring your caravan will enable you to arrive safely, relaxed and stress-free.
Towing caravans can be a stressful experience and it is our job to make your caravan holiday as easy and restful as possible. It is not just the manoeuvring and reversing of the caravan itself, but the experience of driving on motorways and main roads that can leave you stressed at the end of a journey. CRH Training’s job is ensure that you drive with confidence, competence and arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy your holiday.
Who Is Our Caravan Towing Training Course Aimed At?
All caravan owners would benefit from our training courses, whether you are new to caravanning or experienced in towing caravans. If you are new to caravanning then you will need to learn the practical and legal aspects of towing a caravan. We can also cater for those who are already experienced in towing caravans, but want to refresh your skills or focus on certain areas such as reversing and manoeuvring.
Where Do We Offer Our Caravan Towing Training Courses?
CRH Training are situated in West Bromwich in the Heart of The Black Country. We are ideally situated in the Midlands near major road networks and have a dedicated training facility. We have customers from across the across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and further afield. If you are looking for caravan training courses near West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Walsall, Dudley, Cannock, Tamworth, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Bilston, Wednesbury, Tipton or Oldbury then please get in touch.
Caravan Towing – Important Things To Consider
Before you buy a caravan or plan a touring holiday, however, there are certain things you should know about towing a caravan:
Do You Have The Correct Trailer Licence
Dependent on the weight of the load you are towing you might need to take an additional category driving test.
From 19 January 2013 drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:
- Small trailers weighing no more than 750kg
- A trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)
If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you’ll have to get B+E entitlement on your licence.
If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can:
- Drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
- Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg
For anything heavier you need to take a category B+E driving test.
If you passed your driving test before 1 January 1997 you’re generally allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM, but you should double check here what your licence allows you to tow.
How To Work Out Towing Capacity
The maximum weight your car can tow (fully loaded car + fully loaded caravan or trailer) is usually listed in the handbook. However, this is not always clear. The best thing to do is to contact us for help and advice for your particular situation.
Width & Length Regulations
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 3,500 kilograms.
Tips For Towing a Caravan
Here are a few top tips for towing a caravan to help keep you and your caravan safe.
- Tow bars must be ‘type approved’. This means it meets EU regulations and is designed for your car. This doesn’t apply to cars first used before 1 August 1998.
- Give yourself more time and space for everything, especially taking corners.
- Road safety group TyreSafe encourages caravan owners to check their vehicle's tyres before setting out on a trip.
- Never exceed 50mph on single carriageways or 60mph on dual carriageways.
- Never carry passengers in the caravan when you’re towing it.
- Your number plate must show your car’s registration number, conform to the relevant British Standard and be illuminated at night.
- Your rear light panel must always be working and visible so check before driving off and keep an eye out for any changes during your journey.
- Any trailer weighing over 750 kilograms,including its load, must have a working brake system.
- If your trailer is unbraked, the maximum you may tow is 750 kg or half the kerbside weight of the towing vehicle – whichever is the lower.
- Try to keep the caravan as light as possible with the heavier items low down and close to the axle.
- To prevent snaking and pitching make sure you have a well-matched car and caravan and try using stabilisers.
What Is The Next Step?
Please call CRH Training on 0121 553 3184 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our experienced team will be very happy to answer all of your questions and give you a quote for any of our driver training courses.
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