The Caravan Guard guide to safe towing

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  1. MR B SCANE/ MR M LOUTH says:

    BE AWARE OF HAVEING THE 12S WIRED INTO A CAN BUS (LIKE I DID) IT COSTED ME A LOT. THE AUTO ELECTRICIAN FITTED IT IN THE CANBUS. I HAD TO HAVE IT REWIRED AS IT SHOULD HAVE GONE DIRECT TO THE CARS BATTERY. (I HAD THIS DONE NOW.)

  2. Robert Farley says:

    great reading pleased to see that the caravan community are up on the law of pulling any thing on motorways, as a hgv driver now part time as I am retied I see to often some one pulling a trailer in the 3rd lane just to get past me the lorry is restricted to 56mph so if I am empty I will be pulling up a hill faster than the lorry loaded that I am over taking, a little patience goes a long way and seeing more up front before you get there. Rob.

  3. Gary Morris says:

    You will find that any goods vehicle weighing more than 3.5 ton is not allowed the the outside lane of a three lane motorway as they are governed to a maximum speed of 56 mph (90 kmph) as set by EU law.

  4. David G Jones says:

    I find these Top Tips very interesting & helpful, We all need reminding from time to time but also it helps to see if there have been any changes that we have overlooked. We use Landrover Freelander 2 2007 with a Lunar Quasar 524 / 2007 & find these a joy as the tow car hardly knows the caravan is there & the caravan is light for a 4 berth ( removed bunk bed & fitted light matress for my wife/ now 20 kg lighter.

  5. John says:

    You stated that it is not recommended to tow in 3rd or outside lane where there are more than 3 lanes on a motorway. You are not allowed to tow anything in the right-hand lane of a motorway which has 3 or more lanes in each carriageway. Goods vehicles with a maximum gross weight in excess of 7500kgs are also banned from this lane, as are coaches which have more than 8 seats, apart from the driver’s, and have a maximum gross weight in excess of 7500kgs.

  6. Graham Jacobs says:

    My caravan is insured with you but does not have the Atc built-in.
    My towing vehicle has a built-in trailer anti snaking electronic system which becomes live when a trailer/caravan is being towed – it works in a similar way to the Atc but on the vehicle and is very effective.
    My vehicle is a BMW X5 3.0D with a car to caravan weight ratio of 67%
    Not many vehicles have this feature but BMW highlight this in their technical specs and info. Is readily available if you look.
    Would you consider offering a discount to owners of these vehicles with this safety feature.
    I have been towing for over 40 years
    Regards

    • Hi Graham,

      I’m afraid we wouldn’t be able to offer you a discount on this occasion. The anti-snaking device discount is offered on caravans fitted with either a AL-KO ATC or BPW iDC only. I will certainly look into this to see whether it’s something we’re looking to introduce in the future.

      Apologies I can’t be of more help.

      Thanks

      Lucie

  7. Arthur Branthwaite says:

    Useful and informative article on safer towing .

  8. neil larkin says:

    This is a cracking little read and look forward to each issue, it’s free and I find it better than most Caravan mags for sale, We all should now the safety precautions when caravaning but it’s also nice to be reminded, only been caravaning for 18 months, the wife,kids and I haven’t looked back. Just purchased a 2013 Sprtie Musketeer TD SR. Roll on the weekend.
    Keep up the good work.
    The Larkins on tour.

    • Hi Neil,

      We’re glad you find the e-magazine useful and enjoyable to read. Whilst we appreciate that we are usually talking to caravan & motorhome owners who know their stuff, we like to cater for those who are just getting started too 🙂

      Have fun this weekend!

      Lucie
      Caravan Guard

  9. John Davies says:

    Very worthwhile and informative. Thank you.

  10. Roy Ripley says:

    I was under the impression that under the Highway Code, you are not allowed to travel in the right hand lane of a three lane motorway when towing a trailer. Your article suggests that it is at the drivers discretion which is probably untrue.


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