Your tow vehicle’s engine works harder when it is towing a heavy load. The chances are, you already know that, but do you realise the true effects it is having on the engine? Whatever your tow vehicle is, or the engine it has, when it’s towing a heavy load, it is being put under immense pressure, especially the engine and transmission.
Currently, the average weight of a caravan on the UK’s roads is typically between 1000kg and 1650kg. In old money, that is roughly between 1 and 1.6 tonnes. To those of you that already tow a caravan or large trailer on a regular basis, these figures would seem perfectly normal and acceptable. As long as you are towing a load that is within your vehicle’s capabilities, you should never have a problem with safety and the boys in blue! (Always check your vehicles handbook!)
However, from our point of view, as a supplier of engine care products, we have serious doubts over engine load issues. What we mean is, put simply, although a vehicle is capable of towing the extra weight and is theoretically designed to do just that, was it designed to do it often? Plus, on top of that, was it designed to last on cheap fuel?
Injection Correction deals primarily with the issues concerning engines that are used every day for everyday-type driving - the sort of activities that the engine, as well as the rest of the vehicle, was specifically designed for. Increasingly we are now seeing issues with hard-worked engines that are often used to pull the extra weight of either a trailer or a caravan. After all, have you ever seen an advert for a car that is made specifically for towing?
Carbon build-up, oil degradation, and simple wear and tear are the main killers of any vehicle’s engine, and when towing the effects are a lot greater! So, if you tow extra weight often, give your engine some extra attention. We highly recommend using a can of injector cleaner at the end of each season just to keep the engine clean and efficient and to blow away any extra build-ups as a result of towing.
At Injection Correction, we love motorhomes and everything about them, but they have one of the most neglected engines out there! The reason is that people don’t always realise what a motorhome essentially is – most are a standard commercial van chassis with a caravan bolted on top of it. This means that you have an engine that is sometimes underpowered simply because of the weight it has to drag around.
Now, for those of us who have deeper pockets, there are bigger-engined variants available. However, they are mainly supplied on the bigger 6-berth motorhomes or as an expensive upgrade option on the smaller variants. Even then, these engines still work extremely hard!
When it comes to motorhomes, servicing is usually very basic, mainly because the mileage is often very low and constitutes an oil change just once a year. The oil change is often considered one of the most important servicing requirements of any engine, but this is even more crucial for a motorhome.
The motorhome’s engine is under extreme pressure every time it is driven, simply because of the weight it is carrying. Keeping these engines clean and efficient is paramount to maintaining good fuel consumption and performance, not to mention decreasing engine repair costs in the future.
Your motorhome is meant to be a leisure vehicle and not a burden, so for the sake of a few extra quid, treat it at least once a year with a can of our injector cleaner and a can of engine flush at every oil change. Towing makes your engine work harder; Injection Correction keeps it running keener!