Car towing weight limits - explained:
Not all cars can tow but those that can have a maximum weight limit.
Each car is manufactured & configured differently, so it's not as easy as asking 'What is the smallest car that can tow a Go-Pod?" Click here for how & what to check for - or for a more detailed explanation, please read on.
If a trailer is braked, then it doesn't rely on the tow vehicle to slow it down and so a heavier braked than unbraked trailer is permitted. Go-Pods are braked by an AL-KO braking system making them even better for small cars.
The best place to find your vehicles 'braked towing allowance' is to check your V5 document.
However, it's not always on the V5 & 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. You're interested in the 'braked' value.
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.
The Technical Stuff
Each Go-Pods leaves our Portuguese factory weighing 490Kg. This is the official MiRO which forms part of the Type Approval Certification for this caravan.
On reaching our UK workshops, we upgrade Go-Pods to British style electrics and add certain other parts, thus increasing the weight to what's known as the Actual Mass and this is the ‘on the road’ weight, not including any accessories that you have added.
This figure has changed over the years, due to constant improvements to the Go-Pods spec. Please refer to the model pages for the latest figures.
Due to the manufacturing process, some variation in weight is inevitable and should be allowed for by the customer.
For most people, their car's capacity is more than ample and so all this is of little concern.
If your towing capacity is low, you can calculate the approximate Actual Mass by using the weights information displayed on each accessory's product page - as you build your order and we recommend checking your Go-Pods' total weight in this way, prior to placing your order.
Owners of pre-2018 models might prefer to visit a public weighbridge but should be aware that these are often less accurate than we'd hope. Many report tolerances of up to 60Kg & can be further affected by rain, maintenance schedules etc.
Once you know your Go-Pods approximate weight you can also calculate it's remaining load capacity. The 2018 Go-Pod should be kept below 1000Kg, (750Kg for pre 2018 models), which is referred to as the MTPLM. Include all the items you pack inside within your calculations. Remember, everything has a weight even your food, personal affects & the liquid in the toilet.
However even our heaviest model, the Platinum, has around 300Kg of load capacity remaining, so you'd need to pack a considerable amount of camping equipment before it becomes a concern. But be mindful of your capacities, (as it is your responsibility), and spread the load between your Go-Pod & car.
It's a good idea to allow a margin and many organisations recommend using up to 85% of your tow vehicles total allowance - so if your car has a 900Kg braked towing allowance for example, you could still fill your Go-Pod to 750Kg in total.
This 85% rule is however considered a guide & not a legal requirement but even taking this in to consideration, a car with just a 700Kg braked towing limit, could still pull an unladen Standard Go-Pod.
As long as the vehicle's braked trailer allowance exceeds the total Actual Mass of the trailer, then your vehicle can legally tow it.
Measurements and weights shown are intended as a guide and may vary, be approximated or estimated where necessary. Weights may change without notice and we recommend allowing a suitable margin. If your car's towing allowance is low, please remember that adding accessories will increase the overall weight & you may wish to carry more of your load in the tow vehicle. Roof boxes are a popular solution too. Actual Mass figures are offered as a guide only and we recommend working to the maximum MTPLM of 1000Kg, (750Kg for pre 2018 models), which must not be exceeded. Towing using a car with a low braked capacity is possible based on the above but should be done so at the owners responsibility.