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
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. 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 1000Kg all this jargon is of little concern...
Go-Pods have 750Kg / 1000Kg MTPLMs, offering generous user payloads.
For 750Kg plated models, 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 plated 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-2018 models 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.|
How to tow Go-Pods with cars that have less than a 1000Kg towing allowance.
Applicable to small cars only. If your cars maximum braked towing allowance is 1000Kg or over - this does not apply.
The Lower Chassis Plate 'LITE' Option:
All caravans legally require a chassis plate and on Go-Pods it is attached to the front draw bar. For 2018 models onwards the MTPLM is 750Kg / 1000Kg and the plate reflects this figure.
As mentioned, the plated figure should not exceed the tow vehicle's braked towing allowance.
We can provide a chassis plate options for some models with a lower 750Kg MTPLM allowing owners of smaller cars to display plate weights that are within their car's legal limit.
Remember, with the 'LITE' plate downgrade you also reduce the user payload that's available.
Carrying heavier items in the car is a good way reduce the required payload for Go-Pods with 750Kg MTPLMs.
For 'LITE' plate options, please select the checkbox when ordering your new Go-Pod online.
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.