“What does the 85% rule mean?”

Practical Caravan - - Caravan Basics -

In line with the ma­jor car­a­van­ning clubs, Prac­ti­cal Caravan rec­om­mends us­ing the ‘85% rule’ when cal­cu­lat­ing a suitable car-and-caravan match. It states that a caravan should weigh no more than 85% of the car’s kerb­weight. To cal­cu­late the 85% fig­ure, di­vide your car’s kerb­weight by 100 and then mul­ti­ply it by 85.

For ex­am­ple, if a car has a kerb­weight of 1500kg, di­vide it by 100; the re­sult in this ex­am­ple is 15kg. Mul­ti­ply­ing this num­ber by 85 gives a fig­ure of 1275kg. This is the 85% fig­ure.

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