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    Thinking about taking the plunge and buying a caravan. I've bought practical caravan mag today and now trying to work out my max tow limit. I think it's 1600kg but not sure. On the ID plate I have taken the gross vehicle weight form the gross train weight. Is this right?? We have been looking at a Swift Charisma which has a MTPLM of 1475kg. Any thoughts from fellow caravanners??

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    if you are new to towing then 85% of the kerbweight is the general rule

    http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/kerbweights.htm

    http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/vandata.htm

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    Thanks for that. Looks like I was right about 1600kg for the towing weight. I know about the 85% rule but I was just concerned looking at thre legalities of towing. In the practical caravan mag it states that the MTPLM of caravan needs to be equal or less than the maximum tow limit of the car and I was unsure about the car's limits. From my workings out the swift is 96% of kerb weight of car. I like a challenge!!!

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    in the brochure it says 1600kg,the max nose weight should not exceed 78kg

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    I tow a Van weighing 1425 with my Sri 150 with no problems at all mate,In fact its the best tow car I have ever had. The way you load your van is more important in my opinion,Ive seen many a huge 4 wheel drive swaying all over the motorway with a tiny caravan on the back. Due to bad loading.

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    Yes getting the weight ratio is a must between car and caravan. Also as stated the correct loading, all heavy items over the axle and stuff like the awning and poles in the boot off the car. You need to make your car as heavy as possible compared to the caravan. I tow a 1250kg caravan with my 2.2 dti and its very easy to break the 70 mph speed on motorways, so you have to be strict with yourself and set the cruise control at a safe speed. I usually set mine at about 65mph ish.

    The 1.9 150bhp will be even better towing due to the increase in torque.

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    Thanks everyone!!! Been looking at vans again today. Want one,want one...but then again I want a white Insignia Sri to pull it but dream on!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    I tow a 1250kg caravan with my 2.2 dti and its very easy to break the 70 mph speed on motorways, so you have to be strict with yourself and set the cruise control at a safe speed. I usually set mine at about 65mph ish.
    But the towing speed limit on motorways is 60mph!

    To the OP as you seem to be new to caravanning have you actually checked to see if your licence covers you for towing?
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 21st June 2009 at 16:36.

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    [QUOTE=Inner Zone;994425]But the towing speed limit on motorways is 60mph!

    Yes it is 60mph, but all speedos read higher than the actual speed. So 65 is probably 62mph in real terms. But i also find if you stick at the indicated 60 mph on your speedo you are going at the same pace as lorries or slower.
    This i find worse because,they overtake you at a snail pace faster than you are doing then when you start going up an incline the lorry cant maintain its speed. Where as i can,and end up undertaking him while he is still trying to overtake. Hense why i travel that little bit faster to avoid the lorries overtaking.
    But ask yourself the same question do you never ever go over 70mph in your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inner Zone View Post
    But the towing speed limit on motorways is 60mph!

    To the OP as you seem to be new to caravanning have you actually checked to see if your licence covers you for towing?
    Yes my license covers me thanks

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