It seems to be a minefield out there, with nowhere clarifying 100% on what you can tow.
The car, a Meriva 1.7CDTi, which weighs 1400kg, so the 85% rule says 1200kg. However, the maximum towing weight is 1000kg. If the maximum laden mass is 1180kg on the caravan, would it still be safe and legal to tow, as long as the laden weight was kept below 1000kg?
Or does the maximum towing weight refer to the maximum laden mass?