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I need to choose the right safari for myself and two children: 4 berth would most likely be best. My citroen TD is an excellent tow car, but I want to weigh it all up carefully. I imagine the 15/4 is the limit to my towing capacity, but I don't know the weight of that Safari.
Braked Towing Limit for my diesel is 1200kg, nose weight 85KG.
Q. Do you know where 5 can get the specs for weight for the various safaris - 12/2 15/4 and 17/4? I don't know the GVW for the 15/4 or the nose weights for any model
I have this info so far: -------------------------- Safari 17.4: Gross Vehicle Weight: 1,286 kg Safari 13/2: 2 berth - 1977: Gross Vehicle Weight: 833 kg
I can’t comment on the nose weights as this depends greatly on how you load the caravan. Gross weights can vary slightly depending on build year which appears very apparent in what Paul writes above. I can provide you with the following for 1980 build year.
12/2 948 kg Max 13/4 965 kg Max 14/2 1009 kg Max 15/4 1141 kg Max 17/2 1275 kg Max 17/4 1286 kg Max 17/S 1300 kg Max
As you can see the 15/4 onwards are quite heavy beasts for the average tow car. Car to caravan weights are usually based on the 85% rule (unofficial guide apparently) – basically the loaded caravan should not exceed 85% of the kerb weight of the towing car.