Is towing capacity a weight on your mind?
Maybe you’ve been thinking about investing in a custom trailer for some time now, but you’ve never been 100% sure about what your car or van can accommodate. If that’s the case, it’s essential to learn as much as you can about your car’s capacity before you go shopping. After all, the last thing you want is to buy a trailer that’s going to harm the performance of your vehicle.
Unfortunately, a lot people have no idea how to calculate the trailer towing capacity of a vehicle. This isn’t something you’re taught in school after all, and you might not be able to find any advice in your vehicle’s manufacturer guide either. The good news is that Trailer’s Only is here to help. As specialists in the world of trailers, we can help you figure out the ultimate towing capacity for your car so that you can make the most of a fantastic custom trailer.
Understanding your Trailer Towing Capacity
A trailer towing capacity is a maximum weight that your car can reasonably tow, both legally and safely. To work this number out, you’ll need to know a couple of key facts – including the “Kerb weight” of the car, and the maximum mass of the trailer that you’re going to be towing.
If the mass of the trailer that you want to use, including any equipment stored in that trailer exceeds 85% of the car’s kerb weight, then you might have a problem. On the other hand, if you’re under 85% of the car’s kerb weight, then you should be able to pull your trailer with ease.
To find these two crucial weight figures and start your calculations, check out the owner’s manual for your car. If you don’t have it with you, then you can look at the V5 registration document, or search for details about your vehicle online. Your trailer expert will be able to give you an insight into the maximum mass of the kind of trailer you’re looking into.
Is There an Easy Way to Understand Car Towing Capacity?
For basic rule of thumb guidance, the easiest thing you can do is look at the car handbook and see if there’s a maximum towing capacity listed. You’ll need to search for something called the “braked trailer” figure. For instance, a Skoda Octavia will generally come with a 1,600kg braked trailer limit. However, this only applies if you have a 2 litre model.
Remember, it’s not just your towing capacity that you’ll need to think about to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your new trailer. You’ll also need to make sure that the maximum length of the car doesn’t exceed a certain limit, and that you won’t be making it difficult for you to manoeuvre the vehicle when driving it.
If you’re concerned that you’re not sure how to shop for a trailer that meets your needs, speak to the experts at Trailers Only today. We’ll help to guide you through the process of building the perfect towing experience.