Best car to tow 16 foot caravan

Sarah asks us what car is best to tow a 16 ft caravan?

Best car to tow 16 foot caravan - Joel Helmes reckons a dual-cab ute is the way to go.

Hey Peter and Chris, I listen to your show with my husband each week via 2LT. Next year we are packing up and hitting the road for 12 months and are thinking of getting a 16 foot, single axle caravan and need a vehicle to tow it.

We have budget $20,000 for a van and about the same for a vehicle to tow it. What do you recommend? My preference is an automatic and something not too big.

Peter Hitchener – You know what I’d recommend Sarah, the Ford Territory. The Duratorq diesel engine is a real winner and offers 140kW and 440Nm, this should be more than enough for a 16 foot caravan. The Territory is also roomy and comfortable and you should be able to find a nice one under your $20,000 budget.

Chris Miller – I think the trick is to buy the caravan first. Sometimes people buy cars and then find the caravan they want and the car they have aren’t a good match. In saying that, a 16 ft caravan isn’t huge and that means there’s a wide selection of vehicles available. How about a Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon? Maybe even a V8 Caprice.

Joel Helmes – I’d be going for a dual-cab ute personally, one with a hard canopy on the back. I reckon you want as much grunt up front as possible and I’d be looking for a Nissan Navara ST-X 550. This model had a whopping 550Nm and it would pull a 16 foot caravan up anything! Another option could be the 3.2 litre five-cylinder Ford Ranger.

We hope that helps.

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Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.