Sometimes the convenience of a car can’t be ignored. It can be a hassle to park your RV at the grocery store, for example, or if you’re driving winding mountain roads you might not even be able to take your rig. If you want to go exploring the area outside the RV park or campground, you’ll want to have a car. Well, we’re here to give you some tips on towing your car so you can enjoy all the amazing scenery and activities the U.S. has to offer! Let’s get started…
First of all, what kind of vehicles can be towed?
Luckily for us, any, so long as the vehicle doesn’t exceed the weight limit of the towing method you’re using. Any RV bigger than a Class C motorhome can tow jeeps, pickups and SUVs. The trick is knowing your weight capacity and finding the most efficient method. Read on…
The preferred method: 4 wheels down
Also known as dinghy towing or flat towing, 4 wheels down has many advantages and has become a preferred option for many RVers. 4 wheels down will have little to no impact on gas mileage, handling or wear and tear on your rig. All you do is attach a tow bar to the RV and let the vehicle roll behind on all four tires.
There are caveats, however. Manual transmissions have become less and less popular, but unfortunately it is much easier to use 4 wheels down towing with a manual. You need to make sure the vehicle you’re towing has the mechanical capabilities to be towed 4 wheels down. Oftentimes the manufacturer’s warranty won’t cover the severe transmission problems that can occur due to this method, so be sure to use your research.
If you can’t tow 4 wheels down…
There are plenty of other options. A flatbed or enclosed trailer has many benefits, offering a large space to bring any vehicle(s) you choose and sometimes even more storage space. You’ll get full support for your vehicle along with brake and light systems for safety. You can also get many other uses out of a trailer when you’re not on the road (i.e. helping a friend move).
The drawback is mainly financial. Trailers can be expensive, and gas mileage can go down significantly depending on what you’re towing.
If you don’t want to invest in a trailer…
You can also use a tow dolly. A tow dolly puts two wheels of the car on the ground and the other two wheels on the dolly. This is beneficial for those who can’t use a tow bar and don’t want to spend a bunch on a trailer, but there are drawbacks.
A tow dolly will not be able to carry a heavy vehicle. If you have a small, lightweight car, the tow dolly is an excellent inexpensive option, but be sure to check just how much weight your tow dolly can handle.
If you’re not used to towing a car behind your rig, practice first. You might not be used to the extra length on making a tight turn, for example. It’s a good idea to get a feel for how towing a vehicle changes your RV driving.
The best thing to do is weigh all your options, decide exactly what types of vehicle(s) you’ll be towing and talk to an expert. There are pros and cons to each method, but the convenience of having a car with you on your trip can’t be denied.
As always, give us a call at (800) 231-0425 or visit MidwestOutdoorResorts.com and we’ll be happy to help plan your next RV adventure. Happy exploring!