How to correctly load your caravan for towing

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  1. Dave Sumpter says:

    I have just insured my new caravan with yourselves and I question your ruling about discounts for drivers who have proof of attending a towing coarse.
    Firstly, I was never asked this question?
    Secondly, I have been towing trailers for over 45 years, 18 years with a double axle and over 40cwt in tow when I was self employed.
    Why am I classed as un-experienced and not given the discount?

    • Thanks for getting in touch Dave . I have looked into this for you. A towing course is one of several ways of achieving a 10% introductory no claims discount, however looking at your record, you have received the full 3 years 20% no claims discount as a result of your claim free caravanning experience.
      As you initially went online to obtain a quote, the information about towing experience is found within the help section relating to the question “How many years have you held claim free caravan insurance?”. As you qualified for the full no claims discount online, the adviser would not have asked you about your towing experience.
      Thanks again for taking your caravan insurance with caravan Guard and if you have any other queries please give us a call.

  2. Hemming says:

    Talking to other caravaners, getting the nose weight down to 75Kg is a common problem. Loading the rear of the caravan can cause stability problems, even with IDC. I notice that some manufacturers have moved the fridge to alongside the cooker, perhaps causing heat transfer from the oven. Why do the manufacturers not move the body of the caravan rearwards on the chassis? An unloaded nose weight of approximately 60 Kg would solve the problem.

  3. scootercar says:

    noseweight is a legal requirement why is not stamped anywere on caravan or car

  4. Graeme Sherris says:

    Looking for reply to m glaser question 20th Feb please ? Thanks

  5. Michael Glaser says:

    I have a caravan with an mtplm of 1470kg and a car with a curb weight of 1475. However the manufacturers permiitted towing weight is 2000kg. Is thisd an exception. I dont understand the following. There is an exception to this rule. If your car’s recommended maximum towing weight (i.e. the amount it can pull safely as advised by the car manufacturer) is lower than 85%, you should stick to this lower amount as your upper limit for your loaded caravan’s weight.

    • Craig says:

      Hi Michael
      I ran your query past a leading caravan journalist.
      He said, “The towing limit as set by the towcar manufacturer is one which has been calculated under ‘laboratory’ conditions. If it is below the ‘van’s MTPLM we would strongly recommend that the owner consider changing the car. If it is above the MTPLM – the most likely case – we strongly recommend that the owner sticks to the 85 per cent rule, i.e the total weight of the caravan does not exceed 85 per cent of the car’s kerbweight.”
      I hope this helps but let us know if you’d like further clarification.
      Kind Regards
      Caravan Guard

  6. stanley battell says:

    why is there no mention about twin axle trailers when it comes to weights and nose weights ?

  7. Ian Ottley says:

    Your article is very comprehensive but it fails to mention probably the most effective way of reaching your destination safely and in one piece.Having loaded your car and caravan with great care, finally setting off on your journey, feeling safe and confident with the stabiliser fitted and ATC on,
    Remember that they are speed limits, not targets….

  8. Mr Robert Ramsden says:

    The best advice to give to anyone about to concider towing anything is to take a proper driving coarse to include reverseing proceedure, I have full HGV Class 1 and full PSV licences plus over 1,000,000 miles driving experience driving these classes of vehicle. My question is when is an insurance company going to take things like this into account when quoteing premiums.

    • Craig says:

      Hi Robert

      Sorry for the delay in responding. If a person is new to caravanning but has completed a towing course, we reward them with our 10% introductory no claims insurance discount.

      Kind regards
      Caravan Guard

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