Our Caravan Familiarisation course has been specifically tailored towards those of you who are new to towing a caravan or for those who have not towed a caravan in a while and require some refresher training. This course will help build confidence for drivers when towing a caravan and will practice reversing manoeuvres and safe driving.
In order to complete this course, you will need to hold the correct licence that you need to tow a caravan or for the caravan that you intend to tow.
It is important that before buying and/or towing a caravan that you have the correct licence to do so. Furthermore, you will also need to have a valid MOT, Tax and insurance for your vehicle, although, you do not need to have an MOT for your caravan.
For more information on caravan towing and the questions raised below read the articles below.
It is common that in order to tow a caravan you will need either a B or B+E licence, however, if the towing vehicle is over 3,500kgs, you will need a C1+E licence.
The date of which you passed your car driving test (B) will affect the vehicle weight and caravan that you are able to tow. The combinations are set out below:
A B+E licence will allow you to drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kgs with a trailer. The weight of the trailer you can tow is dependent on the B+E ‘valid from’ date on the back of your licence. If the date it:
The maximum weight that you are legally allowed to tow is indicated by the towing capacity of your vehicle. Although the towing capacity may be legally viable to tow, it may not be safe or comfortable to tow at this weight, especially if you are new to caravanning.
The towing capacity will be shown in the handbook of the vehicle or on the VIN plate which can be visible in a number of places on the towing vehicle. To work out the towing weight using the VIN plate, you need to take deduct line one from line two and this will give you the towing limit.
The MTPLM stands for Maximum Technically Permitted Laden Mass and is typically listed on a plate near the door frame of the caravan. It can also be found in the owner’s manual.
It is recommended that you should place heavier items such as water and tinned food over the axel. Medium items such as luggage on either end of the caravan and lighter items on the top of the caravan such as blankets and cushions.
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