Can My Car Tow A Go-Pod?
This basically depends on how much weight your car is legally allowed to pull and the weight of the Go-Pod that you are considering.
Even vehicles with a minimal braked towing capacity of 650Kg can tow a Go-Pod but it's important to check the Actual Mass of the model you choose, as this varies according to contents.
One way to check if your vehicle's allowance is to refer to your V5 document which will normally state the maximum braked towing capacity.
Example V5 showing where to find your car's braked towing capacity figure.
However, not all V5's show this information, (including V5's of older vehicles), so you may need to look elsewhere such is in the car's owner's manual.
In the Technical Section of the vehicle's manual, you'll find the towing allowances stated in Kg and there should be two figures quoted.
The lower figure is for an unbraked trailer, (a trailer with no brakes), and can be disregarded as Go-Pods have independent brakes. The other value shown is for a braked trailer. The Go-Pods do have a braking system that automatically applies itself as you slow down and the higher 'braked trailer' figure is what you need. This figure must exceed the Actual Mass of your trailer.
Car main dealers may be able to help confirm your vehicle's towing capacity, however in our experience, many sales staff are unfamiliar with being asked this question relating to smaller cars in their range and can often give incorrect advice.
Alternatively, many websites offer charts showing cars and their associated towing capacities, such as the one linked to from the button below.
Please note this is an external resource and the data compiled has not been confirmed by us. We therefore recommend that you verify results by one of the methods mentioned above.
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Car towing weight limits:
Most cars have a maximum weight they can tow. It’s usually listed on the V5, handbook or a 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.
Models vary but the Standard version has an Actual Mass of 575Kg on average. This figure used to be lower but as the Standard spec has improved, (we now add shelf packs, folding table, steel sink, porch light, spotlight plinth etc as standard), the MiRO has increased a little accordingly.
Adding accessories adds wieght too, so watch out for this with smaller cars. The approximate weight of each accessories can be found on it's product page.
"For many people the weight of their Go-Pod isn't of great concern as most cars have ample capacity. But if your car is small then you should ensure you stay within your car's towing allowance when ordering."
Many organisations recommend using up to 85% of your tow vehicles allowance - although this is not a legal requirement.
As long as the vehicles stated braked trailer allowance exceeds the Actual Mass of your Go-Pod, then your vehicle can tow it legally.
For more info on weights click here.
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.
Once you have checked your vehicle's towing capacity, you will need to arrange for a towbar & electrics.
We don't provide this service as it is specialist work.
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.