Tips When Caravaning or Towing

Here is some helpful advice to ensure that your caravan or trailer is safe on the road.

Top 10 Caravanning and Towing Tips


Although you might be tempted, carrying passengers in your trailer or caravan is actually illegal. Although it is not illegal to carry animals in your caravan it is not recommended.

Weight Restrictions and Trailer Size

The maximum overall length of a caravan or trailer should not exceed 7m, that is excluding A-frame and hitch. The width of your trailer or caravan must be no more than 2.3m.

The maximum gross (fully laden) weight of an unbraked trailer is 750kg, or half the vehicles kerb weight – whichever is less. The gross weight of a caravan or trailer should not exceed 85% of the tow car’s kerb weight. To find out your tow car’s kerb weight refer to your manufacturer’s manual.


It is important to frequently check your tyre pressure whilst towing, as speed limits vary. Your tyres must be capable of supporting the maximum laden weight of the caravan at the highest speed limit.


All trailers or caravans travelling in the dark must ensure they have the following;

All these tips should ensure you’re safety whilst towing a caravan or trailer, but if you’re caravan does come to any harm, just come and see us at Bodyguard we specialise in motor home and caravan body repairs, including dents, plastic welding, paintwork, fibreglass and aluminium repairs.

The information on this Site is provided on the understanding that Body Guard is not rendering legal or other advice. You should consult your own professional advisers as to legal or other advice relevant to any action you wish to take in connection with this website.

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