Call the accelerating force (the force between the driving wheels and the road) F

(a) Use F = Ma where M is the total mass; in other words the mass of the car and the caravan because both are being accelerated.

Acceleration = 1 ms

Therefore: F = (1500 + 1000) x 1 = 2500 N

However the caravan must have the same acceleration as the car otherwise they would separate or squash together.

(b) So accelerating force in the caravan alone (this is the tension in the coupling) = T

T = ma = 1000x 1 = 1000 N

(c) By Newton's third law when two bodies are in equilibrium (in this case the car and the caravan) when a force acts on one body an equal and opposite force acts on the other body.

Therefore: Force on the car = tension in the coupling = 1000 N

See also: Newton's third law