5 Best Cars for Towing in 2021

 

If you are considering buying a caravan and are wondering which car to buy to allow you to tow it, or you are ready to upgrade your existing car, there are a large number of great new models of cars for towing.

 

Whether you are looking for a vehicle with lots of storage space, a luxury car or something on the lower end of the budget range, we have some top recommendations for towing:

 

1. Land Rover Discovery

 

The Land Rover Discovery models have been a firm favourite for owners who tow caravans or horse trailers, due to the reliable and stable performance. However, they now back up their reliable reputation with smart technology to make them even more suitable for towing.

 

The Advanced Tow Assist System has been designed to make reversing a caravan much easier, which most caravan owners will tell you is one of the most difficult parts of towing. The Discovery can tow weights of up to three tonnes, has a 3-litre diesel engine and has great off-road ability, making it the perfect vehicle for towing, although it is at the higher end of the price range, starting at £47,745 for a new model.

2. SKODA Kodiaq

 

For a more budget-friendly option, the Skoda Kodiaq starts from £25,775 and has a towing capacity of 2000kg. One of the great features of this vehicle is that it can be changed from five-seat mode to seven-seat and has a massive boot for storage on your caravan trips.

 

Other features include heated front seats, perfect for a winter getaway, as well as sat nav and wireless phone charging. If you want something a bit more sporty, you can choose the SportLine model for an extra £10,000.

 

3. BMW 520d Touring

The BMW 520d Touring model is built for safe and steady towing and handles very well on the motorway, maintaining a solid, straight line even in high winds. It is very roomy, so it is ideal for family trips with lots of luggage.

 

Towing capacity is 1,700kg to 2,000kg and the BMW 520d Touring xDrive M Sport won the 2018 Tow Car Awards, so this model is very popular with caravan owners. Price starts from £39,890, although the xDrive M Sport will cost you more.

4. Nissan Qashqai

If affordability is one of your main priorities, then the Nissan Qashqai is definitely worth taking for a test drive. Starting from £20,195, the maximum towing capacity is 1,800kg and you might be surprised at the modern technology features that come with this vehicle.

 

3D maps, smartphone integration and drive assist features are some of the impressive advantages that come with the Qashqai.

5. Jaguar F-Pace

 

The F-Pace is both powerful and stable, with sporty handling and a really smooth acceleration. While it does not perform as well as the Discovery in terms of off-road ability, if you like luxury motors then this is one of the best towing vehicles to suit your taste, with a stunning, luxurious interior one of the main draws.

 

Towing capacity is 2,400kg and you can choose between diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid. Prices for the F-Pace start from £40,860.

 

If you are thinking about planning a trip for later in the year, make sure you buy your towing jacket from Pro-Tec covers for using on your journey.

 

 

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Caravan Sites with the Best Indoor Pools

 

 

If you are a keen swimmer, or a family with kids who love to play in the swimming pool, choosing a caravan site with a really good indoor pool will ensure you have everything you need for a great break. Many different sites across the UK have indoor pools, but our top four favourites are:

 

Lizard Point Holiday Park

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

 

Boasting a heated indoor pool, as well as a heated outdoor pool, this is the perfect caravan site for families and anyone who likes to get some lengths in for some exercise. The facilities include a water activity shipwreck, inflatable kayaks and there is a paddling pool for the little ones as well as a splash play zone.

 

The site has a huge range of activities and things to do, so it is very popular with families, with a big emphasis on making your holiday as fun as possible for the younger guests and there is an adventure playground, as well as plenty of other entertainment for kids.

 

Craig Tara Caravan Holiday Park

Ayrshire, Scotland

 

Craig Tara is jam-packed with water fun and the onsite Splashaway Bay is a huge multi-level pool complex with water flumes, slides, a lazy river and much more. There is also a paddling pool for smaller children and the whole complex is bursting with fun leisure facilities such as soft play, adventure trail, play village and mini aerial adventure.

 

You won’t have to worry about getting bad weather because there is so much for families to do indoors at Craig Tara, it could keep everyone entertained for weeks!

 

 

Summerfields Holiday Park

Scratby, Norfolk

 

You get the best of both worlds at Summerfields, if you fancy a dip in the sea, you are just a five-minute walk from the beach. Or if you prefer a nice warm swim, you can enjoy the indoor pool. There are several aquatic activities available for kids, while there is also a spa bath for any adults who want to take the opportunity to unwind for a while.

 

Other activities and facilities include crazy golf, an adventure playground, an outdoor play park and there are sports fields to play football and cricket or other sports on.

 

 

Hafan y Mor Holiday Park

Pwllheli, Wales

 

Situated close to Snowdonia National Park, Hafan y Mor has some amazing facilities for a fun holiday. The indoor pool has slides, flumes and a wave machine, for hours of splashing around.

 

The fun doesn’t stop there because the site also has an aerial adventure area, SportsDrome, adventure golf, access to a boating lake, family entertainment and a games room. The site is also a short distance from the beach, so there are plenty of places to explore and adventures awaiting you at Hafan y Mor.

 

Once lockdown restrictions start to lift, these sites are ideal for letting the kids (and the adults!) have some long-awaited fun. Make sure you are ready to go, by ordering your towing jacket now to avoid the rush when everyone starts planning their first caravan trip.

 

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Tranquil UK Caravan Sites to Escape To

If your idea of the perfect holiday break is to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in peaceful tranquillity, with only the sound of wildlife to distract you, these caravan sites are just for you. We’re all looking forward to getting back out on the road again, so if you are planning your next trip and want to find somewhere nicely remote and quiet, take a look at our top recommendations:

 

Killiwerris Touring Park - Truro, Cornwall

 

This is a beautiful, adults-only sheltered site located close enough to the coast to enjoy the beach and coastal paths but far away enough to be away from the throngs of tourists that head to Cornwall. Limited to 17 hard standing pitches, the owners are keen to ensure this site offers campers an undisturbed stay.

 

Blue Rose Country Caravan Park - Brandesburton, East Yorkshire

 

Situated in the picturesque East Riding countryside, Blue Rose Country Caravan Park is a haven for anyone who prefers peaceful locations to busier places. The site is positioned between two very small villages and has beautiful gardens and larger than average luxury pitches, to provide more privacy and space to relax in. The site is adults-only and there is local fishing, golf and birdwatching.

 

Gadfa Touring Park- Isle of Anglesey, Wales

 

This adults-only site is ideal if you like to explore the coast but stay away from busier areas. It is a very small site with wonderful countryside views and it never gets busy or noisy, so you know that you are in for a tranquil break where you can recharge your batteries.

 

Greendale Farm Caravan and Camping - Oakham, Rutland

 

Another adults-only site located just outside of Leicester, set in a beautifully landscaped, quiet part of the countryside. The site is a favourite with walkers, cyclists, and birdwatchers, with numerous natures reserves nearby and a short distance to Rutland Water where there are water sports if you fancy sailing away into even more tranquillity.

 

Two Mills Touring Park - North Walsham, Norfolk

 

 

The ideal site for exploring the coastline and Norfolk Broads before heading back to a peaceful retreat. The site is adults-only and dog friendly, with a designated exercise area for your furry companions. Having recently won the AA Campsite of the Year Award, Two Mills has plenty to offer, location-wise and in terms of quality of facilities.

 

Woodlands Gardens - Fife, Scotland

 

This small caravan park has lovely views and is as remote as you can get. The site is for adults only and is close to the Fife Coastal Path, with many walking trails to choose from. You will pass through quaint fishing villages, with no McDonalds, busy supermarkets or noisy children in sight! Golfers can enjoy one of the local golf courses just a short drive away from this peaceful area of Scotland.

 

If you are planning your first post-lockdown trip, make sure you choose the perfect caravan site to suit your needs, you have waited long enough to get away!

 

Don’t forget to beat the rush by ordering your towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers today.

 

 

A Guide to Static Caravans

 

When you are deciding whether to buy a second home to holiday in, there are plenty of different choices. Caravans provide a holiday option closer to home so that you can get regular use, even while working in the week. You also have a choice between a static caravan that stays at the same park, or a motorhome or trailer caravan, if you prefer to have the option to move around on holidays.

 

In the last decade, static caravan designs have massively improved and most of them are like a second home, with all modern fixtures and fittings including kitchen appliances and showers. Here are some of the key benefits of choosing a static caravan:

 

No towing required

 

If you do not feel confident towing a caravan or do not want the effort of getting it set up each time you want to holiday, a static caravan is a better option. Also, you need to have a vehicle that has the towing capacity to tow a caravan, so you would also need to consider that when you buy a touring caravan.

 

More space

 

Static caravans come in a range of different sizes and most come with at least two bedrooms, which means there is more room and more privacy for you and your family or guests. With a motorhome or touring caravan, you generally need to convert living space into beds each night, so it is not as convenient or comfortable.

 

Less travel time

 

When you choose a static caravan, if you are planning to visit it at weekends, you can choose a fairly close caravan park, while still being far enough away to give you a change of scenery. If you are going to be travelling to your caravan at weekends, finding a park that is under two hours’ drive will make sure you get to enjoy your home away from home without spending too long on the motorway. You get to spend the whole weekend there, rather than rushing home on Sunday morning to get back.

 

Take a look at sites like this to find a static caravan site that is within the ideal travelling time from your home.

 

Caravan park facilities

 

You have a great selection of caravan parks to choose from for a static caravan, so you can choose priorities such as children’s entertainment, to onsite spa and heated outdoor pool. Facilities will be managed and maintained by the park staff, so you know any issues will be quickly dealt with. Some caravan park managers will also manage lettings for you if that is something you might consider in the future.

 

Part of the community

 

Another key benefit of choosing a static caravan is that you will become part of the community and will get to know other people who have caravans on the park. Children often make lots of new friends and adults get to know each other in a bar, or at an arranged event. You will also get to know the local area, so you know exactly where to go exploring and where all the local amenities are.

 

Pro-Tec Covers is a company run by a team of caravan enthusiasts and experts in all things to do with caravanning. We’re the leading supplier for touring and motorhome caravan covers and we have lots of great tips and advice to help you to make the most of your caravanning life.

 

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Everything you need for a caravan trip

Whether you're going on a caravan holiday for the first time or you're a seasoned caravan holiday veteran, a packing checklist is the best way to ensure your trip goes smoothly.

A great way to make sure you've got everything covered is to go "room by room" in your vehicle; that way everywhere in your caravan or motorhome is going to be kitted out, ready for your caravan or motorhome trip.

There’s no packing checklist that’s perfect for everyone as it’ll depend on a lot of things such as your own individual needs, where you’re taking your holiday and what time of year it is. However, we think this list should cover everything you need to consider and may jog your mind to think of a few other things that might not have occurred to you yet!

Living Room Area

 

When it comes to the living room area of your vehicle, it's important to consider who's coming with you on this trip as that'll determine what you need. For this blog, we'll assume you're taking kids and list what they're going to need too.

 

  • Electronic devices (i.e. tablets, phones)
  • Chargers for your devices
  • Notepads and pens
  • DVDs for the TV (if you have one)
  • Toys, Colouring Books, etc.
  • Books
  • Board Games

Kitchen Area

The kitchen area is where you're going to prepare your food, so here are some things you should consider packing.

  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Sponges/Brushes
  • Tea Towels
  • Bin Bags
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Tubs and Plates/Cutlery for Picnics etc.
  • Staple Foods (such as bread, milk, cereal, tea bags, tinned food and butter)

Bedroom

Again, it's important to consider who's on the trip and what their individual needs are when it comes to sleeping.

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pyjamas
  • Teddy Bears or Other Sleeping Aids for Kids

Bathroom

Different people are going to need different things when it comes to the bathroom so make sure everyone's covered.

  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Toilet Roll
  • Shampoo, Shower Gel etc.
  • Towels (make sure you have spares too, just in case)

Pack For The Weather

You must always consider the weather when you're going on a caravan or motorhome trip. Of course, it depends on the seasons, but we all know that in the UK it's best to have all the bases covered. One minute it’s raining, the next minute the sun is beaming down on you, then it’ll start raining again!

Warm Weather

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hats
  • Swimming Costumes
  • Sandals or Flip-Flops
  • Sun Cream

Wet Weather

  • Waterproof Jackets and Trousers
  • Wellies
  • Gloves
  • Hats

Cold Weather

  • Warm Coat
  • Wellies or Warm Boots
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Sleeping Socks

Other Necessities

This section is more dependent on you as an individual and what you're planning to do on your caravan holiday so it's worth giving it a read through and making note of anything you think you're going to need to pack:

  • Medication
  • Earplugs (if someone in the caravan is a snorer)
  • Powerbanks (if you need to give your devices an extra charge while you're out)
  • Camera
  • Maps and Guidebooks

Of course, if you haven't got one already, one more essential is a Pro-Tec Towing Jacket or Full Cover! These are vital to ensuring your vehicle stays protected on the road and when it’s parked up. You can shop all of our products on our site by clicking here.