what you want to do in your tourer...
First match the caravan to the car you will use to tow it. Check
out practical things like storage space for sports equipment
especially if you are going to use it mainly in support of a
hobby or activity.
many people, how many berths?
Even if there is only two of you, you may decide the additional
space in a 4/5 berth caravan suits your needs better. The size
of your car may limit the size of caravan you can tow – some
people choose a smaller caravan but supplement it with an awning
or tent. Practical Caravan magazine gives awards for the best
caravans for small families, large families and couples – check
out their online magazine at: www.practicalcaravan.co.uk
matching and loading
Here’s some good advice from Andrew Ditton of Caravan Magazine:
‘Loading and car matching are key. Place heavy items over
the axle, and try to attain the recommended noseweight for the
van. Seven per cent of the MTPLM is a good figure. The bigger
your car compared to your caravan, the more confident you will
be. Try not to tow a caravan that weighs in excess of 85 per
cent of your car's kerbweight, I'd recommend a single-axle and
not a twin. Single-axles are easier to manoeuvre, and more
manageable on the road. These days there is no such thing as a
correctly-loaded caravan that tows badly.’
Caravan shows are great places to see lots of different makes
and models and compare and contrast them. For a list of shows,
from a reputable source
Your local dealer is your best place to buy – just go along and
talk to him. He can give advice on handling, servicing, finance
and warranties.click here for more information.
security make sure the caravan is registered with CRiS
CRiS is the NCC’s caravan registration and identification
scheme. All caravans manufactured (from 1992 on) by NCC members
have a unique 17 digit ‘VIN’ number. When a caravan is sold, the
new owner’s details are sent to CRiS. Since 1997, new touring
caravans have been electronically tagged as additional security - from 2016 with Vin Chip.
for more information.
hand tourers can offer excellent value
If you are considering buying a pre-owned caravan, download the
National Caravan Council's Top Tips
for buying a second hand tourer - download the PDF.
safety, make sure your tourer is NCC Approved
The NCC Approved badge is the sign that when the tourer was
built, it complied with all relevant European and UK health and
safety standards, industry Codes of Practice and UK regulations.
Some of these are not required in countries outside the UK, so
you need to be sure that your tourer is safe – look for the
badge. Click here
for more information.
Your tourer should be regularly serviced to ensure it is
properly roadworthy. New tourers under warranty require this to
be done but for your safety you should always ensure it. Many
dealers offer Approved Workshops for quality tourer servicing.
Another reason why your dealer is important to you. Click here
to find Approved Workshops near you.
…and put a bit aside for extras - a caravan mover or awning,
water carrier or barbeque. Maybe a flat screen TV, DVD player or
even folding satellite dish... (Remembers, these may restrict
the weight of personal effects you can place in your tourer when
For tourer parks, travel, information and technical advice, it's
worth joining one of the clubs serving those who own tourers –
The Caravan Club or The Camping and Caravanning Club.