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Towing a Car with Your RV
Towing a car behind your RV when you go camping can give you a more convenient way to leave the campground and explore other attractions nearby. However, there are a few things you will need to know before you tow your vehicle.
First of all, you must know your RV’s towing capacity. This should be mentioned in the owner's manual, but, if not, you should contact the manufacturer. This is important because exceeding your RV's towing capacity can cause mechanical damage, transmission damage, and stability issues. If the vehicle you want to tow exceeds your RV's towing capacity, you can always rent a vehicle at your destination.
Now you must decide how you want to tow your vehicle. Probably the two best methods are using a tow bar or a tow dolly. A tow bar simply pulls your car behind your RV on all four wheels. They are convenient, lightweight, don't take up much space, and are cheaper than tow dollies. However, not all cars can be safely towed with all four wheels on the ground, so check the owners manual to be sure. Also, it is impossible to move in reverse while towing a car with a tow bar because the front wheels of the car can turn the wrong way and damage your car's steering. If you decide on a tow bar, make sure to get one that has a system that utilizes your car's breaks. This is because it is safer, and because in many states it is required that if you are towing something 1000-1500 pounds that you have a separate system of breaking for it. When you hook up your tow bar to your car you should always criss cross your safety cables. For instance, hook one from the driver's side of the RV to the passenger's side of the car and vice versa. This is so that if the car somehow gets unhooked from the tow bar the car will remain centered behind the RV until you can stop. It also adds stability.
The other method is a tow dolly. A tow dolly is basically a small cart that you place your car's front wheels on. It allows you to pull your car by two wheels. They are more expensive than tow bars, but are also safer and more stable. They also have the added benefit of not adding mileage to your car. A downside is that for the most part you can only tow front wheel drive cars with a dolly. Many feature surge breaks or electric breaks for safety. They are still very hard to back up, but at least you won't stress your steering like you would with a tow bar.
Once you determine on your towing method, you are ready to go. Make sure that all your lights and breaks work and are in sync before leaving. Remember that you are towing a vehicle, so you should drive slower and allow for more stopping distance in general. You should stop and do a safety check every 50-100 miles on the road. Be sure to check all the connections and tires. It is a good idea to get some practice towing your vehicle before you head out on your trip. You should practice driving around, turning and breaking to get a feel for how the towed car changes the handling of your RV. An empty parking lot is probably the best place for this.
So there you have it, we hope this guide has given you some valuable information. If you want to know more you can find tons of great info on many RV sites on the web. Here is one site that is very helpful: //www.rv-adventuring.com/towing-a-car.html