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How to tow a caravan with your Subaru

There’s nothing like being on the open road with everything you could possibly want on your holiday in tow. Caravanning might be exciting, but towing a caravan can also be risky if you’re not fully prepared. With an extra tonne (or two) and double the length added to your vehicle’s behind, you’re far more vulnerable to accidents than if you were simply driving normally.

This blog is for you Subaru adventurers out there looking to step up your caravanning game and explore some of Australia’s most stunning and isolated locations with confidence.

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Get (very) familiar with your vehicle

Caravanning is an absolute must-do, especially if you’re a fan of road trips and exploring Australia’s wilderness. But as with any driving, it’s good to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. Even different Subaru models will have different weight limitations, and the way you drive might be slightly different depending on your rig, its braking systems, and the kind of cargo you’ve got in tow.

It’s a good idea to know everything there is to know about your weight limitations, like understanding what your vehicle’s braked capacity vs unbraked weight capacity is, its kerb weight and learning about what precautions you may need to consider if your weight is close to the limit. Let’s take a closer look at what these terms actually mean.

Understand the weights involved in towing a caravan

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Whether you’re driving a Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, or Crosstrek, it’s good to know how many kgs your towing vehicle is capable of pulling. Even within your vehicle model, numbers may vary, so consulting your vehicle’s manual is essential.

For those new to towing a caravan with a Subaru, it’s crucial to grasp these weight concepts.

As a rule, however, your vehicle’s braked towing capacity is the weight your vehicle can pull if the caravan has brakes linked up to your car – so when you brake – the brakes on both your vehicle and the caravan work in unison to bring your whole vehicle train to a safe stop.
Braked towing capacity is the aggregate trailer mass or ATM (the tare weight of your brake-equipped trailer plus its maximum payload when uncoupled from your car). Braked towing capacity is the key figure you’ll want to know when searching for a suitable camper or the right tow vehicle.

Unbraked towing capacity refers to the weight your vehicle is capable of towing if the trailer is not equipped with brakes. This figure is predictably quite lower (usually around 750kg for most Subaru vehicles).

Explore our related article : the ‘Ultimate Guide to Towing with Your Subaru Forester,‘ for comprehensive insights into towing capabilities and techniques specific to your vehicle.

Understand Gross combination mass and towing capacity

Before you hook up your caravan and set off, it’s important that you consider the interplay between your gross combination mass (your combined weight or GCM) and your Subaru’s towing capacity. Your vehicle’s GCM is the key figure to watch out for when combining both your vehicle and your caravan. You want to stay within your allowed GCM – within 20% of the maximum is ideal.

Understanding Weight Limits When Towing a Caravan

Let’s say that your GCM limit is 4000kg, your vehicle’s braked towing capacity is 2500kg, and your car’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is 1300kg. Initially, you’d be sitting safely with a GCM of 3800kg. However, adding accessories and extra gear can quickly increase your total weight. Here’s a breakdown:

Description Weight (kg)
Vehicle’s GVM (initial) 1300
Tow Ball 50
Gas Bottles 85
Roof Racks 45
Sporting Gear & Tent 360
Total GVM 1840
Braked Towing Capacity 2500
Total GCM (Calculated) 4340
GCM Limit 4000

As illustrated, the additional items like a tow ball, gas bottles, roof racks, and sporting gear, including your mate’s tent, increase the GVM to 1840kg. Consequently, this raises the GCM to 4340kg, surpassing the limit of 4000kg. This example highlights the importance of monitoring the cumulative weight to ensure you stay within legal and safe limits while towing.

It’s important that you stay within your GCM limit, and make sure that both vehicle and trailer are within their recommended maximum weight.

Draw up a pre-departure checklist

Draw up a pre-departure checklist - Perth City Subaru

Before you hit the open road towing a caravan, it’s crucial to cover all your bases with a comprehensive pre-departure checklist. Driving even short distances without the right setup can be dangerous, and even cause serious damage to your vehicle. Make sure you hit all the critical pre-departure points chores like:

  • Check your wheel bearings and brakes
  • Tighten wheel nuts
  • Check your tyre pressure is up to standard
  • Test your taillights
  • Close all caravan windows
  • Check annex poles and ropes

Stow away loose items

It’s a good habit to stow away loose and heavier items before you head off, and it’s good practice to do so once you park your caravan for extended periods of time. Leaving loose items lying around can put them at risk of falling and breaking while on the road, and can even cause damage to your interior – especially if you’re planning on driving on bumpy or windy roads.

How to tow a caravan safely

While it’s important to prepare for your drive in the right way, when it comes to actually driving around with larger caravans in tow, it’s critical that you follow key safety protocols on the road.

Here are essential safety tips for towing a caravan effectively and securely:

  • Stay under the Subaru recommended speed limit of 80km/hr and within the speed limit – whichever is lower.
  • Stay concentrated 100% of the time, with a caravan in tow, yo
  • -u need to be extra vigilant.
  • Check the rearview mirrors regularly.
  • Stay away from larger vehicles and trucks.
  • Steer clear of routes with known poor road conditions

Tow with confidence

Tow a Caravan with confidence - Perth City Subaru

Whether you’re starting out on your caravanning journey, or a seasoned expert, it never hurts to have an expert Subaru mechanic check over your vehicle and rig. With an extra four wheels on the road, there are double the risks and double the trouble if anything goes wrong.

Drive and tow your caravan with confidence this season by ensuring your Subaru Forester is serviced at City Subaru. Our team looks forward to welcoming you to our Vic Park dealership. Drop by, or book an appointment with our team on 08 9468 8491.

Further Reading

If you’re interested in diving deeper into what makes the Subaru Outback a versatile and capable vehicle, you may also like this related article: 2020 subaru outback towing capacity. Explore detailed technical specifications and learn about the impressive towing capabilities of the Subaru Outback, which can complement your decision-making process for selecting the right lift kit. This guide offers insights into how the Outback performs under various loads and conditions, helping you better understand how a lift kit could enhance these capabilities.