Can My Car Tow A Go-Pod?

Vehicles with a braked towing capacity exceeding 500Kg can tow a Go-Pod.

One way to check if your vehicle can tow a Go-Pod is to refer to your V5 document which will normally state the maximum braked towing capacity.

 V5 showing if you can tow a Go-PodsExample V5 showing braked towing capacity figure.

However, not all V5's show this information so the Government's .gov website has this to say - 

Car towing weight and width limits:

Most cars have a maximum weight they can tow. It’s usually listed in the handbook or specification sheet. Alternatively the vehicle’s ‘gross train weight’ may be listed on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the car. This is normally under the bonnet or inside the driver’s door. The gross train weight is the weight of the fully-loaded car plus fully-loaded trailer and must not be exceeded. If your VIN plate doesn’t list a train weight, you should not use your vehicle for towing.

Each Go-Pods leaves our factory weighing a little under 480Kg on average. When they reach our UK workshop, we add the complimentary leisure battery and full size spare wheel, which adds around 20Kg. Additionally, each moulded shell is slightly different, (due to the nature of the manufacturing process), & the GRP thickness may vary a little having some affect on weight too. On top of this, each Go-Pod has it's own choice of accessories fitted, of course these are not specified within the basic weight as they are particular to each customer.

It's therefore a good idea to allow for some extra weight and many organisations recommend using up to 85% of your tow vehicles allowance - although this is not a legal requirement.

As long as the figure stated for a braked trailer exceeds the weight of your Go-Pod, then your vehicle can tow a Go-Pod.

Another option is to consult the owner's manual. In the Technical Section of the vehicles manual, you'll find the towing allowances stated in kilos and there should be two figures quoted.

One is for an unbraked trailer, (a trailer with no brakes), and is the lower of the two figures shown. This lower figure can be disregarded. The other value shown is for a braked trailer.

Go-Pods have their own built-in brake system, which automatically applies as you slow down when towing. Therefore the higher, braked trailer figure is the one that you need.

The next most reliable way to check your vehicles braked towing allowance is contact a main dealer and ask them to confirm the towing capacity.

Alternatively, many websites offer tables showing cars and their associated towing capacities, such as the one linked to from the button below.

However, although quick & convenient, this is an external resource and not data that has been compiled or confirmed by us. We therefore recommend that you verify it's results by one of the methods mentioned above.

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Licences:

All drivers with full UK licences can legally tow a Go-Pod. For more information on this please review the Blog entry at the following link - click here.

The standard driving licence issued if you pass your car driving test today covers category B. This means you can drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg and tow a trailer up to 750kg behind it. If you have a lighter car, you can tow a heavier caravan, but the weight of the whole outfit cannot be more than 3,500kg.

 

Towing Equipment:

Once you have checked your vehicle's towing capacity, you will need to arrange for a towbar & electrics.

You will require a standard 50mm diameter tow ball and 13 pin Euro socket electrics. This socket will accept the Go-Pods 13 pin plug which works the towing lights, charges the caravan's on-board battery and powers the fridge in transit. If you're tow vehicle has twin electrics you can buy an adaptor to convert the leads. If you have only 7 pin electrics on your car, you can still tow with an adaptor but it will only operate the driving lights & won't power anything else.

Regarding extension mirrors, the Law requires that drivers of the towing vehicles have adequate view to the rear. With the Go-Pod, most vehicles existing side mirrors allow for a good view along the entire side of the caravan and extension mirrors are not therefore required.