Approved Tourer Dealerships
scheme launched in October 2012 to enable NCC
Dealers to provide even greater protection for consumers. Click
on the weblink to see the dealers already approved.
All new tourers approved under the NCC
Product Approval scheme are safe and legal for use on UK
roads. The NCC scheme is the only one in Europe which verifies
complete product compliance with the comprehensive health and
safety standards set by the British Standards Institution (BSI)
and European Standards body CEN.
If the vehicle is NCC approved, it will have an NCC Approved
badge near the main entrance door. The NCC Approved badge is:
To achieve approval, the model will have
undergone over 600 checks covering all aspects of the motorhome,
- Gas and electrical installations
- Tyres, road lights, reflectors
- Weights and dimensions
- Fridge, heater and water systems
- Ventilation and emergency exits
For peace of mind - Check out the list of NCC Approved Tourers
at the bottom of this webpage = NCC Approved Tourers and look
for the badge on
a tourer before you buy.
do I know what my car can tow?
Caravan weight is a major factor when
choosing a touring caravan. But your local dealer will have a
computerized caravan matching system to take away the
complexity - talk to them.
Check out the NCC
pdf booklet to find out all about towing, hitching up etc.
there caravans that can be towed by an average sized saloon
Most major manufacturers offer light-weight caravans that
provide the perfect mobile base for touring holidays. The 85%
guide match is generally recommended for beginners i.e.
restricting the laden weight of the caravan to 85% of the
towcar's kerbweight. For more information on payloads see: www.tourerinfo.co.uk/payloads
there caravans that can be towed safely by small cars?
There are folding and slimline caravans such as those made by
Gobur Caravans - see www.goburcaravans.co.uk/slimline.htm
- that can be towed by smaller cars.
large a caravan can I tow legally in the UK?
A touring caravan with:
» with a maximum laden weight not
exceeding 3,500 kg
» overall width not exceeding 2.55
» 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 the above dimensions). There are very few
such large caravans in the UK, but it is as well to be aware of
driving licence do I need to tow?
All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain
their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence
expires. This means they are generally entitled to drive a
vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250 kg Gross Train
Car licences gained since 1 January 1997: >
Category B: Vehicles up to 3,500 kg MPW and with up to
eight passenger seats (including driver) Category B vehicles
may be coupled with:
» a caravan up to 750 kg MTPLM*
(allowing a combined weight up to 4,250 kg GTW)
» or a caravan over 750 kg MTPLM
provided the MTPLM of the caravan does not exceed the unladen
weight of the car and the combination does not exceed 3,500 kg
If you passed your test after 1st January 1997 you will need
to take an additional driving test in order to gain
entitlement to Category B+E and all larger vehicles. For
more information on changes to driving licences from 2013,
see driving licence categories.
* MTPLM = Maximum Technically Permissible
Laden Mass, sometimes shown as MAM = Maximum Authorised Mass
am moving to mainland Europe and would like to re-register
my touring caravan in my new country, what paperwork will I
The majority of European countries require component
certificates to prove that the caravan is roadworthy.
To obtain these documents, you need to contact
the chassis manufacturer of your caravan (usually AL-KO or BPW)
with the unique chassis details. If you are not sure of the
chassis manufacturer or details they can be found on the axle
plate. You need to ask the chassis manufacturer for component
certificates for the; chassis, coupling head, overrun device and
wheelbrake type (there may be a charge for these documents).
Read Taking a Tourer Overseas.