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Tow Safe

Caravan Towing Guides and Regulations

At Leisure World Group, we are always looking at ways to help and support you, even after you have purchased from us. Whether you are an experienced tower or this is your first time, it’s important that you know the regulations associated with towing. 

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Our Helpful Weights

Each of our caravans listed for sale show two of the essential weights on the listing page, ideal for your quick reference, (the caravans MTPLM and the ideal kerbside weight of the towing car). Further information about these two weights can be found by clicking on the information 'i' icon, which can be found next to each displayed weight.

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Know Your Limits

When towing a caravan speed limits can vary compared to normal driving. Unless signs show otherwise, a 30mph limit applies to all roads with street lighting, a 50mph limit applies on all single carriageways and a 60mph applies on dual carriageways and motorways. When towing, you must also remember that you cannot travel in the right-hand lane of a motorway with three lanes or more. 

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Know Your Vehicles’ Limits

Each vehicle has a maximum towing capacity, a guidance for this can be found in the owner’s handbook or on the manufacturer’s website, however these should only be taken as a guide. The exact towing capacity can be figured out using the Vehicle Identification Number Plate, stamped on the vehicle. 

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Practical Towing

When being towed, caravans should either be level or slightly nose down. Speed should gradually be built up and be dependent on road and weather conditions.

Hills can cause many problems when towing a caravan, when going uphill you should change into a lower gear in good time and keep to the nearside, especially if your car is running out of power or you are following a slow car. When going downhill take care not to gain speed by selecting a low gear early, this also takes the strain off the brakes. 

For more information visit the NCC website: 

The NCC guide
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Mirrors

Towing mirrors are not law but highly recommended by many leading bodies, and we certainly recommend them when used correctly.

If you decide to use towing mirrors, be aware that cars registered on or after 26th January 2010 can only use towing mirrors carrying an E marking.

The Camping and Caravanning Club also offer lots of advice on towing and mirrors, find it here: 

Camping & Caravanning Club guide
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We’re Here to Help

If you have any questions you can’t find the answers to here, or just want some friendly advice, feel free to ring or call in to talk to one of our members of staff. Many of us are caravanners ourselves and we’re always happy to advise and help where we can. 

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