Maximum MTPLM You Can Tow
We know from other discussions on this site (here) that the maximum weight of loaded (MTPLM) caravan we can tow, if we have the right car, is 1576kg.
If this changes through new cars or more research I will update this figure.
The car we can use to tow this weight is a Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI 6-speed manual (GVW:1924kg), although I would recommend the 2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Estate 4×4 (GVW:1970kg)
Here I’m going to look at family sized caravans that you can tow legally, and when loaded correctly – safely too.
Everywhere you look for caravans, either new or used, the MTPLM figure will be quoted,making it very easy to choose a caravan weighing the right amount. What’s not so easy is finding a model that has all the space and facilities you need (want!) for your family to be comfortable and catered for, many of the family sized caravans in higher specification models weigh too much to be able to tow.
I expected there to be no twin axle caravans that fit under the weight limit, but after doing some research it seems there are a couple. This is good news as a twin axle is generally more stable, less affected by cross-winds for example, but obviously weighs more due to the second axle and two extra wheels.
Lunar Quasar 674 (2017)
This is a large twin axle caravan with 4 berths and a fixed island bed and is perfect to give you lots of room for a family of 4. More details here.
*Note for 2018 the 674 has increased it’s MTPLM to 1560kg. This is due to Alde wet central heating being a standard fit item.
Venus 620/6 (2017)
A large twin axle caravan with 6 berths (two double beds, one fixed and 2 bunks) ideal for the larger family. More details here.
*Note for 2018 the 620/6 has decreased it’s MTPLM to 1480kg
Sprite Freedom FB (2017)
A large twin axle caravan with 6 berths (two double beds, one fixed and 2 bunks). More details here.
*Note for 2018 the Sprite range has undergone a review and the lightest twin axle is now the Sprite Quattro EW MTPLM 1605kg.
The twin-axle caravans above are the heaviest you can tow, and that’s only possible because they are the absolute lightest twin-axles available.
You are far more likely to tow a single axle caravan weighing 1500kg or less. There are many caravans weighing 1500kg or less but that is really the magic number.
When looking at caravans online their MTPLM is clearly stated, so choosing one under 1500kg is relatively easy.
When looking for a caravan to tow with a standard car licence obtained after 1997 the highest priority is to choose the right tow car – if you have one that weighs 2300kg Gross (laden), like a Mondeo Estate for example, then you have limited yourself to towing only 1200kg, which, as you can see from reading this site, will not get you anything more than a 2 berth model.
It’s a wiser option to choose your car first, by looking through the information on this site, and then you are free to choose a caravan up to the car’s limit.