RAC shares their guide to towing a caravan
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Caravan parks are warning it could be the busiest year on record as drivers avoid international trips in fears over quarantine rules. However, travelling with a caravan is no easy feat with new owners likely to struggle in their first year.
Drivers who passed their test before 1 January 1997 can tow a vehicle and trailer combination of 8,250kg.
However, those issued licence after this date will only be allowed to tow a maximum weight of 3,500kg.
Road users who wish to tow something heavier will then need to pass the car and trailer driving test.
Motorists who wish to drive a medium-sized lorry will need to take the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) test.
This allows road users to tow trailers with a combined vehicle weight of up to 12,000kg.
GOV.UK has warned drivers must make sure they are displaying the correct number plates on their caravan or trailer at all times.
These must have the same reg number as the vehicle towing the caravan or drivers could be hit with penalties.
Drivers who fail to display their number plates correctly could be hit with a £1,000 fine
GOV.UK said: “Your trailer must display the same number plate as the vehicle you’re towing it with.
“If you’re towing more than one trailer, the number plate must be fixed to the trailer at the back.”
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Experts at the Camping and Caravanning Club said drivers may need towing mirrors to legally drive with their caravan.
The law says road users must be able to see at least 20 meters behind them and four metres on either side of the trailer.
Camping and Caravanning Club said “almost all vehicles will need additional towing mirrors” to meet the requirements.
A survey from Club Care Insurance found 95 percent of caravan owners comply with the rule.
The five percent of remaining drivers may have mirrors that already meet the requirements but it is likely they are driving illegally.
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