Thinking of purchasing a Caravan?

Maybe it’s time to upgrade your tow car to stay safe on the road in all conditions. The problem to solve is what tow vehicle best suits you and your family. There are a lot of vehicle options to consider and without an overview it can be hard to know where to start.

We have received a lot of requests for information on good tow vehicles recently, so we have put together this list for you as to identify some of the options you should consider before making a commitment.

Please note that this list recommendation is a guide only and is based on vehicle tare weights, towing capacity, car reviews and personal experience. To make an informed decision ensure to do research yourself, test drive at car dealerships, read reviews and ask around to make a choice on what is best for you based on your individual needs. Always check with car dealerships in regards to a vehicle’s towing capacity and test drive to make sure it’s the right vehicle for you.

Before we start our recommendations for ‘Selecting a Tow Car’ there are a few need-to-know factors before you hit the open road with your Caravan in tow:

Knowing your weights and caravan towing capacity is essential for Safe Towing. The laws governing caravan towing capacity are in place to keep you, others and third parties safe. Please ensure before you tow that you are brushed up on your knowledge so that you can tow with ease of mind, safely.

Below we have provided a graphic of some of the terms to be familiar with.

More options to consider first before buying a tow car:

RELIABILITY

Consider how easy (or difficult) it would be to source parts and servicing for your chosen car should it break down or become damaged in a remote area or location.

SAFETY

Though towing drastically changes the handling characteristics of your car, aim for an ANCAP safety rating of five stars where possible.

MAKING A CHOICE

It is important when considering a tow vehicle, to factor in the wheelbase, engine type/capacity, transmission type, and brake towing capacity.

Under the hood an engine that should provide enough torque to easily pull a caravan, trailer, boat up hills with ease, and fuel economy so that a journey can be spent adventuring and creating memories whilst keeping away from the pump.

The wheelbase and weight of these mentioned vehicles, maintain a sure footed anchor for towing at 2 to 3 tons with 4 wheel drive systems that keep stability even in harsh conditions and under load.

It’s crucial to know the Tow-Ball Download Rating of your vehicle for towing (usually around 350kgs), so ensure you are familiar by checking your vehicle’s manual or with the dealership.

Keep in mind that the shorter the distance between the rear axle and the tow-ball on a vehicle the more stability it has in tow.

Vehicle spec sheets are available online through most dealers for all the vehicles listed, and there are many more great options of tow vehicle to select on the market.

Now here are 10 of the latest tow vehicles on the market that we recommend:

1. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series GXL 

2. Ford Ranger XLS

3. Mazda BT-50

4. Toyota Hilux SR5 

5. Nissan Patrol Ti 

6. Isuzu D-Max LS-M

7. Nissan Navara ST 

8. Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series 

9. Holden Colorado LTZ 

10. Mitsubishi Pajero GLS

Honourable Mentions

The Mitsubishi Triton GLS

Imported full-size US pickups by Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge Ram and others for those that have some seriously heavy things to tow like super-sized trailer boats, fifth-wheeler caravans and horse-floats. The quality of local RHD conversion, compliance and dealer support in this specialised market is improving all the time and the towing performance of these US giants is from a different planet.

SUBARU FORESTER 2.0D

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA DDIS

LAND ROVER FREELANDER2 TD4

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE