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Advice from Tim Booth, the NCC’s Security Adviser, about towing combinations
Published on 10/05/2012

A touring caravan with:

  • a maximum laden weight not exceeding 3,500 kg
  • overall width not exceeding 2.55 metres
  • overall body length not exceeding 7 metres (excluding drawbar and coupling)

is the maximum size that can be legally towed by a motor vehicle whose maximum gross vehicle weight is less than 3,500 kg. So most 4x4s and even Transit type vans are not allowed to tow caravans that exceed these dimensions. Any caravan outside these dimensions can only be towed on the highway by a commercial vehicle that is plated in excess of 3.5 tonnes.

Care always needs to be taken to tow with the correct combination. An illegal combination is not an insured unit for the purposes of any road traffic act insurance and in the case of any ‘incident’ the driver would not be insured. In the case of a personal injury incident it is likely then that the driver would be personally liable for the personal injury claim.

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