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 so click here for advice on other places to look.
The Technical Stuff
The 2019 model 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 540Kg - the ‘on the road’ weight, not including any accessories that you have added. No allowance for any water that you may add to the toilet is included either.
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 people with ample towing allowances of over 885Kg all this jargon is of little concern...
Go-Pods have a 750Kg MTPLM, offering generous user payloads.
It's good practice to calculate the approximate Actual Mass by using the weights information displayed on each accessory's product page. As you build your order online, we recommend checking your Go-Pods' total weight in this way - so that you don't exceed the 750Kg MTPLM.
Once you know your Go-Pods approximate weight you can also calculate it's remaining user payload and stay safely within your towing limits. Remember, everything has a weight even your food, personal effects & the liquid in the toilet!
Owners of pre-2019models wishing to check weights, 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.
Be mindful of your car's capacity, (as it is your responsibility), and spread the load between your Go-Pod & car if required.
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 at least a 880Kg braked towing allowance for example, you could tow a 750Kg plated Go-Pod. The 85% rule is however considered a guide & not a legal requirement.
|The car's towing allowance MUST exceed the Go-Pods plated MTPLM.|
|The loaded Go-Pods weight MUST stay under the plated MPTLM.|
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 which must not be exceeded and it is the owners responsibility to ensure this.