Ensure that your towing vehicle is capable of towing your caravan. Check the manufacturer’s book on the maximum weight that is recommended and ensure you stay within this limit. It is an essential part of planning a caravan holiday to make sure your towing vehicle is safe, well maintained and well equipped.
The majority of travellers do not have the luxury of choosing a special towing vehicle to suit their new van; in most cases it is a matter of finding a van that will suit your existing vehicle.
Car manufactures stipulate a safe towing weight for each vehicle and Australia’s national regulations are built around these specifications. As a general rule, the most suitable towing vehicle is one that is heavier than the caravan it is towing. This will then allow for the fully loaded weight of the caravan that is to be towed. Small cars are usually limited to towing camper-trailers, folding caravans, and small caravans or pop-tops. Bigger cars can manage caravans and pop-tops at the larger end of the market. In addition to weight, it is important to take into account the overall measurements of the unit you intend to tow. If your caravan is very high or wide then extra power is needed to overcome wind resistance.
Off Road Vehicles
Four-wheel drives have become very popular towing vehicles and are extremely capable. They are able to tow large vans, and manage the boat and a few other items as well. Many travellers use off-road vehicles without ever venturing off the main road. Others travel extensively in the outback, unhitching the van when the terrain gets too rough and either taking a tent or swag with them, or sleeping in the back of the car.