Hi, we are buying a new car to enable us to tow an Un-braked trailer. (Max load weight 750kg) I have read about the 85% Kerb weight rule, and am confused! The maximum un-braked towing weight on the car we are looking at states 645kg.. The kerb weight is 1200kg. The car is a Citroen C4 1.6i VTI, VTR Plus. Does the 85% rule apply to un-braked trailers? Thankyou in advance. Tara R
Outfit: La Caravana Location: Costa del Essex Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts: 4221 Site Reviews:13 Gallery Images:0
It's not a rule it's a guidline. ie any trailer or caravan is best kept below 85% of car kerbweight for safe towing. As your loaded trailer will be well under that it need not concern you. The total weight of your loaded trailer should not exceed 645kg for your car which will be around 54% of kerbweight.
Outfit: Ford Ranger & Adria Adora 612DT Location: Near Belfast Joined: 19/2/2016
Posts: 259 Site Reviews:5 Tent Reviews:2 Gallery Images:3
The 85% "rule" is NOT a rule but an advisory guide for new or inexperienced people towing. Its with reference to the weight of the trailer to the towing vehicle. In your case this would be 85% of 1200, so well over the 750.
However in your case you have to follow the cars plate and if this is 645 then its 645 max for you.
------------- if your not living life on the edge your taking up tooo much room
Outfit: Skoda Yeti SE 4x4 Bailey Ranger 460-4 Location: Llanidloes Powys Joined: 28/6/2009
Posts: 1726 Site Reviews:11 Gallery Images:3
Quote: Originally posted by Tara R on 30/9/2017
Thankyou, your reply has helped to reasure us that we can tow our trailer. 😀🏕
I suggest that you carefully check the weight that you will be putting in there, since the maximum un-braked weight your car can tow is 645kg.
Check the unloaded weight of the trailer and take that into account when loading.