There are a few different methods for towing a car behind an RV. One of the more common ones is discussed below.
Whichever method you choose, make sure you are fully knowledgeable about towing your car and that your car can in fact be towed without damaging it.
RVs can feel like a home away from home as you travel cross country for a camping trip or vacation. These wonderful vehicles usually are equipped with beds, bathrooms, televisions and even kitchen appliances already installed.
But RVs usually are not very easy to maneuver. So, so that they can get where they want to go in a moment’s notice, many families think it’s useful to tow a car behind their RV.
Among the list of easiest and most convenient ways of towing is known as “Dinghy” towing, the act of towing a vehicle with all four of its wheels on the ground.
However, some auto makers including Isuzu, make four-wheel towing possible for all of their four-wheel-drive vehicles, without mileage or speed restrictions, dinghy towing may very well damage the drivetrain of other manufacturers’ models. For instance, no 2007 Toyota pickup truck or SUV may be dinghy towed and similar goes for all 2007 SUVs by Land Rover, Lexus and Acura.
* Confirm the vehicle that will be towed is approved by its manufacturer for four-wheel towing. This information can often be found in your car’s manual or online.
* Prior to a start on a trip, check both your RV and dinghy for correct functioning tail lights, brake lights and turn signals. If you pull over for a break, check the lights again.
* Observe the speed limits and towing laws of each state that you travel through. For instance, California requires that you drive in your right-hand lane or one specially marked for slower vehicles, if you are towing . Certain states may require a shorter two-vehicle length than others.
* Maintain a secure stopping distance with the vehicle before you. It will be tougher to break quickly because you’re hauling more weight. A stopping distance of at the very least five seconds is recommended from the Motorhome Towing Guide.
* Tight turns place high levels of pressure to the tow bars and may even damage your hitch, so do what you can to avoid them. [Source: New RVer]
If you are unsure about towing a car behind your RV, come by and talk to the guys in the service department. And if you just really don’t want to tow a car after all and would like to trade in for an RV trailer, we can take care of that too!