Are you going on a holiday but aren't fond of hotels, apartments and other closed spaces? Does your idea of vacation consist of breathing fresh air, and being one with nature? If you like camping, are an adventurous type, and a true fan of the great outdoors, then this one is for you. Let's leave the TV at home, tow the caravan and go camping.
So, you've decided to hire a car, and want to tow your caravan, bike carrier or boat trailer, but aren't quite sure how to hire a car with a towbar or even if your rental car agency offers this car hire option. Here is our advice.
Towing caravans and trailers
First things first – before you hire a car it is wise to check with the car hire agency if you are allowed to towbar your caravan. If you get a green light at the rent a car agency to tow your caravan or trailer, you will probably go with a detachable towbar. Some car rental agencies will allow you to attach the tow bar to their vehicle, while others will not allow towing of any kind with the hired car. Or maybe you'll find a vehicle at the rent a car agency that already has a tow bar attached – there are car hire agencies that offer vehicles already equipped with tow bars. In many cases, 4x4 vehicles are suitable for use with most of the conventional towing equipment.
Better safe than sorry
Enjoy your break, but stay safe on the road:
- Watch out when taking corners
- Never exceed 60 mph on dual carriageways, and 50 mph on single carriage roads
- Do not carry passengers in the caravan while towing it
- Towbar has to be »type approved« – it has to meet EU regulations
- Keep your caravan as light as possible
- If the trailer that you are towing is wider than the car, you will need towing mirrors
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