Here is a guide to some caravan Jargon you may have heard
- MTPLM – Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass – the maximum weight that the caravan must not exceed. These details will be found on the caravan’s weight plate usually found by the entrance door.
- MRO – Mass in Running Order – the weight of the caravan in standard specification and without any personal items loaded (formerly known as the ‘ex-works weight’)
- Payload – the difference between the MRO and the MTPLM. This is the maximum weight of items you can load in to the caravan
- Noseweight – this is not a term you’re likely to have come across before buying a caravan! It is the amount of downforce from the caravan’s hitch on the car’s towball. There will be a noseweight limit for your car quoted by the manufacturer which should not be exceeded. Noseweight gauges are available to measure this, or alternatively, try bathroom scales and a bit of wood under the caravan’s hitch. It’s best to have the caravan level while measuring this. Too little noseweight could adversely a
- Kerbweight – or MRO – the actual weight of the car when it’s empty. This normally includes an allowance for fuel, engine fluids and, usually, a driver.
- GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight – or MAM – Maximum Authorised Mass – the maximum permissible weight of the vehicle when loaded. This must not be exceeded.
- GTW – Gross Train Weight – the car manufacturer’s maximum combined weight of the car and any trailer/caravan. This must not be exceeded.