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How to Tow a Vehicle Behind Your RV

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How to Tow a Vehicle Behind Your RV
By Lydia Berg


How to Tow a Vehicle Behind Your RV

Many RV owners choose to tow a vehicle behind their rig for a variety of reasons. Having a smaller tow vehicle gives RVers the freedom to explore cities, go off road, and just be more flexible while travelling. However, towing a vehicle behind an RV does have some downsides and complications. This article will tell you how to tow a vehicle behind your RV.

Touring the country in an RV is a great way to travel. You can drive across the country from the California coast to Manhattan Island in New York City while sleeping in your own bed in air conditioned comfort the entire time. However, a giant RV is not always easy to maneuver, especially on city streets and in traffic. This is why pulling a tow vehicle behind an RV is so appealing. The tow vehicle can be disconnected and RVers can leave their rig behind as they go shopping, run errands, and go sightseeing, all with greater flexibility and far better gas mileage.

Of course the benefits of a towed vehicle may be obvious, but what are the drawbacks? Towing a vehicle will reduce your gas mileage a bit, and it will make your RV a bit harder to control. It can also make backing up a huge pain. None of these things is likely a deal breaker, but they should be noted and expected for those who decide to go the towing route. 

Now that you know what you are getting into, we can get to the how to portion. There are three ways to tow a vehicle behind an RV. They are four wheel down (or dinghy towing), two wheels down (using a tow dolly), and four wheels up (towing on a trailer). Each of these have their advantages and disadvantages. 

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Four Wheel Down

This is the most convenient type of towing because the vehicle can be unhooked quickly and has minimal effect on gas mileage and handling. The downsides are that you will need a vehicle that supports this type of towing. This type of towing also puts wear on the tires, suspension, and other parts of the tow vehicle. For a vehicle to be towed four wheels down, it must have a manual transmission or the driveshaft must be able to disengage.

Two Wheels Down

This method of towing is less convenient than four wheel down as the front two wheels of the vehicle are secured into a tow dolly. It can be difficult to align the wheels into the dolly and it must be removed from the dolly each time you want to use it.

Four Wheels Up

This is towing your vehicle on a trailer the same way you would tow an ATV.  This is a good way to tow a vehicle that was not made to be towed. This keeps all wheels off the ground and saves wear and tear on the vehicle. Of course the vehicle must be carefully driven off and on the trailer before you can move on, which can be a hassle. 

Once you have chosen a tow method just remember to account for the extra length when driving and changing lanes. Also be aware of changes in vehicle handling and turning radiuses. It is also a good idea to use tow chains, hazard lights, and any other safety gear required where you will be travelling. 

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