New to Caravanning?
Whether you are a first time buyer or simply want some advice this page may help you:
If you are new to caravanning, the experience of selecting the correct vehicle to suit your needs can be very daunting, you might find that the more you research the more questions you have. We hope that the information provided on this page may answer some of these questions for you. If you still feel lost then please visit us and discuss your questions with one of our specially trained team.
Single or Twin Axle?
- Two wheels on one axle
- Lighter than a twin axle so can be towed by smaller cars
- Easier to manoeuvre onsite, which is especially beneficial whilst learning to tow
- Four wheels on two axles
- Tend to be heavier requiring a larger tow vehicle
- On the road have benefit of extra grip and stability
- Offer more space
- More expensive
Caravan Layout Design
If you do not have the space to store your new vehicle at home, there are many locations locally which could store your vehicle for you. The easiest place to look is http://www.cassoa.co.uk/
What Can You Tow?
In order to be able to tow a caravan a driver must hold at least a Category B on your driving licence. If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (MAM).
If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B 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 it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total)
Your Tow Vehicle
The weight of your caravan should never exceed the weight of your car and your car handbook will give you the maximum weight your car can tow. However to be able to safely tow up hills and stop it is advised that the weight of the caravan with its contents should not exceed 85% of the car’s kerb, or unladen, weight – this is known as ‘Outfit matching’. It is very important to find a good match between car and caravan. Some people work with their existing car, and some people might time buying a new car and caravan at the same time.