Caravan towing courses

Practical Caravanning Course

Ideal for first-time caravanners the course builds confidence and helps participants understand some of the more technical aspects of caravanning, as well as giving the skills to manoeuvre their caravan safely.

"Arrived apprehensive; left confident I had knowledge and belief that I shall be practising correctly."

Peter Bennett, Beverley

Caravan Manoeuvring Course

The Caravan Manoeuvring course is for the more experienced tower – it’s a fun way to increase your driving confidence and give your skills a boost too. This is not suitable for beginners.

"This is an excellent course, it takes away the mystic of reversing & replaces fear with the foundation for confidence. The stages are broken down providing a systematic approach."

Richard Brown-Jackson, member, Bath

What you'll need

What you'll need

  • A standard driver’s licence will be fine for the course, but check your license covers you to tow a large caravan on the road afterwards.
  • A car fitted with a towing bracket and functional 13 pin or 12N electric socket. It will also need a minimum of 70-80mm between the bumper and the centre of the towball to allow clearance of the caravan hitch (not applicable to courses at Elddis in Consett).
  • Cover for third party liability insurance on your towing vehicle. You may need to advise your insurer that you intend to tow a caravan.
  • 2 external mirrors 

What we provide

  • Use of one of a fleet of 50 Adria caravans.
  • A copy of the Essential Guide, with a programme and information sheet on the training centre, covering location, local accommodation and caravan sites. Plus your booking confirmation.
  • Free tea and coffee throughout the course.
  • A certificate that will be presented to you when you complete the course.

Hitching compatibility

To attend either the Practical Caravanning or Caravan Manoeuvring courses your towcar will need to have a minimum clearance of 70-80mm between the bumper and the centre of the towball, to allow clearance of the caravan hitch (not applicable to courses at Elddis in Consett).

Correct towball type

  • Your car’s towbar must have a standard 50mm towball - like most modern caravans, ours are fitted with stabilising hitches which require a minimum clearance around the towball.
  • If your towball is one which bolts on to the towbar it needs to be compatible with an AL-KO stabiliser. These have an extended neck cutaway which allows the stabiliser to articulate fully without fouling the towball.
  • If you have a fixed or detachable swan neck style towbar (where the towball is integral to the towbar) these will be compatible with the course caravans.

The clearance required between the towball and bumper

  • With all types of towbar, there must also be adequate clearance between the towball and the bumper of your car - for The Club’s course caravans this is 70-80mm.
  • Towbar legal regulations require there to be at least 65mm from the centre of the towball to the nearest vertical part of the bumper – don’t worry, most manufacturers provide more clearance than this which will minimise the risk that the caravan hitch will contact your bumper.
  • If the clearance is less generous on your car, you may wish to add a bumper protection device (either a metal plate or a stick-on plastic protector).

Getting your towball ready before the course

  • The towball must be clean of grease, rust or dirt. (Use brake cleaner if necessary, or a fine emery cloth on rust.)
  • If it is brand new, you’ll need to remove any protective paint finish from it. (Use a fine emery cloth to gently remove the paint, then wipe clean with brake cleaner.)

Locations

We offer courses at the following locations:

  • Askham Bryan College, York, North Yorkshire
  • Evesham College, Worcestershire
  • Diamond Driver Training, Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Carole's Driver Training, Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Elddis, Consett, County Durham
  • L-Busters Towing Training School, Hassocks, West Sussex
  • Myerscough College, Preston, Lancashire
  • Norfolk Training Services Ltd, Norwich, Norfolk
  • SRUC Oatridge Campus, Broxburn, West Lothian
  • Road Safe Wales, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
  • Sparsholt College, Winchester, Hampshire
  • The Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall
  • Tilston School of Motoring, Wrexham, Clwyd
  • Towing Solutions Ltd, Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • P Vowles Training, Devizes, Wiltshire

Any of the courses held at Elddis will include a factory visit.

You can download a course schedule or we can send it to you by post. Either call us on 01342 336 666 or email events@caravanclub.co.uk. Please include your membership number and address details on the email.

Important information

  • You don’t need to bring a caravan for either course. We’ll provide you with one to train with (maximum weight is 650kg).
  • If you are attending with a partner or friend, you only need to have one car between the two of you.
  • Only fee-paying attendees will be able to come into the training centre with you.
  • The theory instruction is by lecture, discussion and use of training aids in a classroom situation.
  • Participants will use their own car, which needs a minimum clearance of 70-80mm between the centre of the towball and bumper of the car.
  • the Practical Caravanning course comprises of 3 hours instruction and demonstration and 7 hours of practical work with trainee’s participation
  • the Caravan Manoeuvring course is 5½ hours of practical work and demonstration with one hour of theory instruction
  • there are caravan sites near all venues if you would like to pitch-up close to your course training centre – details of these will be provided to you once you’ve booked
  • If you have any special needs or requirement please book over the phone on 01342 336 666

Cancellation policy

Non-attendance - cancellation

  • If you’ve let us know you’re unable to attend 2 weeks or more before the course, the full fee will be refunded, less the course admin charge of £20.
  • If you’ve let us know less than 2 weeks before the course, a 50% refund, less the course admin charge of £20 will be given.
  • If you haven’t let us know more than 48 hours prior to the start of the course, we are unable to give you a refund.

If you’d like to cancel your course place, please contact the Events department at Club offices. If cancelling on the day of a course, please also get in touch with the Training Centre.

Transfer of booking

If you transfer your booking to another date or venue after enrolling, an admin charge of £20 will be made per person. If the transfer is made within 48 hours prior to the start of the original booking, there will be a further charge of 50% of the course fee.

Bookings cannot be transferred to the following year.

Cancellation of course

If, for any reason, a course is cancelled, those accepted on the course will be offered an alternative where possible, or refunded the full fee.

In normal circumstances, you’ll be notified of cancellation at least 10 days before the date the course is due to commence. No admin charge will be due in these circumstances.

 

Essential Guide to Touring

Free when you take one of our courses. This can also be purchased from our Club shop.

Jam-packed with heaps of useful information to get you started with touring.

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Save 5% on insurance

When you complete a training course you’ll receive a 5% discount if you insure your caravan, car or motorhome with us. For more information, call us on:

01342 336 610 - Caravan insurance

0345 504 0334 - Motorhome insurance

0345 504 0335 - Car insurance