I understand that the recommended tow ratio for a car and caravan is that the caravan weight should ideally be 85% or less of the cars kerb weight.
Ok. Legally what’s the deal? I understand that you can go to 100%.
My car is a ford focus which has a kerb weight of 1200kg and a max tow to match.
If I purchase a caravan with a MTPLM weight of 1400kg but when unloaded only weighs lets say 1150kg would it be legal to tow using my ford focus although I do understand that its not recommended.
Sorry i should add that i intend on towing the caravan empty with no extra payload.
I have to keep saying that because I have asked this question in other places and all I ever get back is the 85% recommendation over and over without any real explanation of the MTPLM part of my question.
The reason I is that I wish to purchase a larger caravan and temporarily use my ford focus until I purchase a ford Modeo which I’m hoping to get soon after.
The figures I have used are purely for example.
Thanks in advance.
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Edited Wednesday, 15 June 2005