The Tow Vehicle
Modern vehicles, being either four wheel drive or two wheel drive (as in most sedans) make excellent towing vehicles. You may have heard a saying in the vehicle industry that "there's no such thing as a bad tow vehicle". This statement is generally correct, although the problems that can occur from time to time is a bad tow vehicle choice!
Caravanners need to be aware that various tow vehicle and caravan combinations can behave in slightly different ways and certainly different from just driving the tow vehicle itself. Today's caravans have all the creature comforts desired and those comforts all add weight, which does affect towing. To ensure safe journeys therefore, it is necessary to have a tow vehicle and caravan that are compatible and use the best towing equipment.
One of the most important aspects of ensuring total enjoyment of the caravanning lifestyle is having the right tow vehicle. Whilst this article title generally refers to choosing a new tow vehicle, it can apply equally to ensuring a vehicle already owned is suitable for the proposed towing task.
In days of yore, that is, before the Holden Kingswood, the only consideration with a tow vehicle was the size of the engine - basically the more "cubes" the better! However, with the advent of things like coil spring rear suspension
, front wheel drive and monocoque vehicle structure, factors like the engineering strength of the rear end became equally important.
If purchasing a new vehicle, then give some thought to what is planned to be towed. Neither a 5.0 litre V8 sedan nor a Toyota Land Cruiser is needed in every towing situation but a tow vehicle that is working well within it's power and engineering limits is going to be a more comfortable drive, than one that is being worked hard. There are many other factors to consider before hastily choosing & setting up a tow vehicle, so it's a good idea to take your time and learn as much as you.