Because of the weight of some caravans, there's a perception that only 4WD's can be used for towing. However, this is not true at all. Four wheel drives are often only necessary for venturing off road or towing heavy trailers. As long as manufacturer's towing recommendations are not exceeded, modern 2WD sedan vehicles, including those with front wheel drive, are just as capable of towing a caravan or camper trailer as a four-wheel drive. Front wheel drive vehicles are often looked at with doubt but as long as a weight distribution system is used, there should not be problems.
To achieve maximum towing weight capabilities, some manufacturers require additional features like auto transmission coolers and suspension
and brake modifications. When comparing vehicles, have a good look at the towing specifications - in addition to the above, some manufacturers have items like speed restrictions above certain weights.
If you do feel that a four wheel drive is the right choice for you then you'll quickly discover this is a large market that requires a different set of purchase criteria than with buying a sedan. It's wise to do your research before you head out to the car yards and its particularly important to understand which features makes one 4WD vehicle better for towing than another. Thankfully such answers are clarified in our range of 4WDing topics, in particular the following article...
|This article focuses on the major considerations when choosing a 4WD vehicle for the purpose of travelling and camping. We give some brief definations of the various terms used to categorise 4WDs, and discuss various features and their practicality in the outback. See Buying a 4WD.|