If you’re living nomadically or taking an extended road trip in a motorhome, you may want to also tow a car behind your RV. While your RV is your primary mode of transportation, as well as your accommodation, having a smaller vehicle is also handy.
You can park your motorhome at the campsite, or wherever you plan to stay, and use the car for day-to-day activities. A car can be more suitable for smaller roads, thus allowing you to access more places with greater ease. It can be more efficient with fuel. You don’t need to pack everything up each time you want to go out for the day. It can give you more storage space for all your road trip essentials.
Having what’s commonly referred to as “a toad” has many advantages. It’s vital, however, that you check the necessary rules related to towing vehicles in the country or state you’re visiting before setting off. You also need to make sure that you have all the necessary towing equipment, keeping safety, legalities, practicalities and convenience in mind.
1. Use a Tow Bar
A tow bar means that all four of the car’s wheels remain on the ground while it is being towed behind your RV. The electrics can be linked so that blinkers and brake lights illuminate on your car as well as on your motorhome. Safety cables add to your peace of mind while using a rigid tow bar. A major disadvantage of using a tow bar is, however, that you are unable to reverse your RV with the car still hooked up. Do note also that some cars are not suitable for being towed.
2. Use a Flatbed Trailer
A flatbed trailer means that your smaller vehicle is entirely off the ground when you are driving your RV. The trailer has its own built-in lighting and braking system. For those who live permanently in their motorhome, this can be a good investment. The trailers can be expensive to buy, though. Additionally, the weight and the fact that some motorhomes cannot pull trailers with cars, however, makes this solution impractical for most travelers.
3. Use a Tow Dolly
Using a tow dolly to tow a car behind your RV is the middle ground when considering the two previous options. Your smaller vehicle does, however, need to be an automatic front-wheel drive. Essentially, the front wheels do not move and sit on a platform. The back wheels of the car are in contact with the road. Braking systems are in place. As with a tow bar, you cannot perform reserve maneuvers with a tow dolly attached to your larger vehicle. A major benefit of using a tow dolly is when your “small” vehicle is fairly large or heavy.
Of course, another option still remains if you don’t want to always rely on your RV for local transportation: bicycles. You can store these inside the RV when driving or affix them to the back. If you love cycling vacations, taking your bikes away is ideal. You are, however, a lot more limited by the distances that you can cover on a bicycle as compared with a car. They’re also often not so practical for families that are traveling with small children.
Have you ever considered the benefits of traveling with a smaller vehicle in addition to your motorhome? Tow a car behind your RV for your next trip and see what a difference it can make to your feelings of freedom, convenience and enjoyment.