RV Safety Towing Tips
Safety is the utmost importance when towing a vehicle behind an RV. Let’s take a look at safety tips to consider when towing a vehicle.
According to an article at edmunds.com, “RV’s and Towing a Vehicle”
“Motor homes can be a pleasant way to travel, letting you stay at a campsite, alongside a picturesque stream or even on the street at Aunt Matilda’s for the annual family get-together.
But things change when you need to run into town for groceries, or want to take a sightseeing trip after you’ve set up camp. Driving that beast along narrow twisty roads, navigating in urban traffic, trying to find parking spots and paying for the additional fuel it’s consuming can be anything but pleasant.
With a small car or truck available, however, motor home travelers don’t have to stow all their gear and pull up the stakes every time they want to go somewhere. That’s why it is not uncommon to see big RVs pulling smaller vehicles behind them. That extra set of wheels, usually in the form of a little SUV or subcompact car, makes it so much easier to get around once the majestic motor home has been parked and hooked up to the various utility lines that keep the lights on, water flowing and AC pumping out that nice cold air.
Trailering Is Not Best
With two-wheeled dollies and four-wheeled trailers, almost any vehicle can be towed behind an RV, provided that the weight of the car or truck and whatever is being used to facilitate the tow doesn’t exceed the motor home’s recommended towing capacity. But that kind of towing isn’t all that popular, for good reason.
First there’s the expense of buying and maintaining a trailer or tow dolly. Then there’s the storage space at home and in the campsite that those conveyances require when not in use, as well as the extra work needed to get the towed vehicle on and off of them.
The Dinghy’s the Thing
The alternative is flat towing, also called four-down towing or dinghy towing. It involves attaching a tow bar to a suitable car, SUV or pickup and letting the vehicle roll along behind the motor home on its own four tires (thus “four-down” towing). It’s often called dinghy towing because the towed vehicle resembles a small dinghy being pulled along behind a large yacht at sea.
Years ago, finding cars suitable for flat towing wasn’t all that hard. Most cars and trucks with manual transmissions could be pulled four-down, as could most four-wheel-drive SUVs with manual transfer cases.
But things change. Today the plethora of electronic transmissions and front-wheel and full- and part-time four-wheel-drive systems requires a bit of advance planning when selecting flat-towed cars and trucks.” To read the entire article click here.