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Thinking about purchasing a new car that's good for towing? Here’s a guide to the best cars on sale today to tow a caravan or boat.
While most cars are rated to tow at least a box trailer, towing heavy caravans and boats requires something better suited to the task.
That typically means a ute or SUV.
It’s crucial that you crunch some numbers before deciding on a tow vehicle to buy, as there are various limits you can’t breach from a legal or safety perspective.
The first is the tow capacity, which determines how much weight the car can tow. That tow capacity includes not only the caravan or boat, but everything in it, from dinnerware to water.
You also need to consider the gross combination mass, which is the weight of the car and trailer and everything in each.
Then there’s the GVM, or gross vehicle mass. It’s important because you need to consider how much weight from the trailer is pushing down on the tow ball of the car; it’s usually around 10 per cent of the overall weight of the trailer and that figure needs to be considered as part of the overall load of the vehicle.