Towing Options for the RV Owner

After parking the RV and settling into a new campground, many RV owners like to take off and explore the area in a smaller vehicle. This, of course, requires that they travel with a smaller vehicle in tow. There are several ways to tow a vehicle behind an RV.

Use an enclosed trailer. This option allows you to bring along other items in the trailer including bicycles or ATVs. It also provides the benefit of having the ability to lock these items up and/or keep them out of the weather. The downside to this is you may need to have a second space in your campsite to house the trailer. This is the most expensive towing option.

Use a tow bar. This is the most common method selected. The tow bar itself can be folded up and stored in the RV when not in use. This method is very inexpensive, but does bring wear and tear on the towed vehicle’s tires.

Use a car dolly. A dolly attaches to the back of the RV and lifts the front wheels of the vehicle being towed off the ground. The downside of this is that the car’s tires will wear unevenly as the front wheels will not be in use during towing. A dolly is cheaper than a trailer but more expensive than a tow bar.

Regardless of the towing method chosen, you’ll need to run through some important check points before driving. Check the tire conditions and air pressure in the towed vehicle. Make sure that your vehicle is either loaded or connected correctly and that signals and brake lights are working well.

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