Please check country-specific rules here, as they may vary.
If you want the start of your caravan holiday to be smooth sailing, you should get 100 km/h approval for your vehicle and trailer combination. This will allow you to hurtle at speeds of 100 km/h instead of the usual 80 km/h on German motorways and high-speed roads.
As a basic rule, the speed limit for towing vehicles there is 80 km/h. But if you wanted to drive faster while towing a caravan, you can have this certified at an authorised test centre (TÜV, Dekra). Once you receive this certification, you will get the required “Tempo 100” permit from your vehicle licensing authority.
This 100 km/h speed limit rule applies to:
- cars and
- other multi-lane motor vehicles (e.g. motorhomes) with a maximum authorised mass of up to 3.5 t
The technical prerequisites are:
- Your car is fitted with ABS brakes
- The trailer is suitable for a top speed of 100 km/h
- The trailer’s tyres are designed for 120 km/h and have a speed rating of at least L
- The tyres are younger than six years old
Certain mass ratios between the trailer and towing vehicle must also be observed. Calculating the legal maximum authorised mass of the trailer is a little complicated. If you are finding this legal regulation difficult, please contact an authorised test centre (TÜV, Dekra, etc.). They will definitely be able to advise you.
You can find confirmation from chassis manufacturers AL-KO and BPW stating all components are designed for 100 km/h approval on the website’s Downloads page.