Best Tips For Towing A Car Or Trailer Behind An RV

towing-car-behind-rv.jpgOur article about towing a Jeep Wrangler behind an RV has been very popular.

With that in mind, there are probably lots of other questions that RV owners have about towing, as well.

So what follows are all the best resources I could find regarding towing with a motorhome.

 

RV Towing Tips

If you’ve got a question about towing another vehicle or a trailer behind your motorhome, chances are you’ll find the answer here:

U.S. Dept. of Transportation — tips for measuring the weight of a trailer and understanding manufacturers’ tow vehicle ratings.

Towing A Dinghy Behind A Motorhome: The Challenges — facts about “dinghy” towing, which is the act of towing a vehicle with all four of its wheels on the ground. Plus a video that shows what you should NEVER do while towing a vehicle behind your motorhome.

RV Towing Guide — everything from surge brake tips to towbar usage tips and other general towing tips.

Towing Behind A Motorhome: What You Should Know — tips including a-frames and dollies, braked versus unbraked trailers, and other UK regulations.

Driving Safely With RV Towing Brakes — Towing brakes are brakes that are created to assist with the brakes of a towing vehicle to accommodate those brakes that are on a motorhome.

RV & Tow Vehicle Weights — towing basics and definitions, how to calculate your tow vehicle and trailer weights, how to weigh your tow vehicle and trailer, plus tips for understanding weight differences.

RV Trailering Tips & Hints — tips for matching a tow vehicle to a trailer, info about tow ratings and gross vehicle weight ratings, and tips for loading your trailer.

An Introduction To Towing With An RV — information about transport trailers, tow dollies, tow bars, a-frames, car-mounted versus motorhome-mounted, baseplates, and other towing issues.

RV Tech Advice: Towing — a multi-page series of dinghy towing tips including: tow dolly, towing 4 wheels down, tow lights & wiring, tail light wiring, braking units, air brakes and more.

Annual Towing Guides — tow ratings by vehicle for vehicle model years 1999 to present.

Brake Laws For Motorhomes and Travel Trailers — reasons you must use a braking system when towing behind your RV.

 

Towing Laws By State:

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  • Interactive Map — click on the states that you are traveling through to find the minimum towing weight requirements. If what you are towing exceeds the weight, an auxiliary braking system is required.
  • Towing World — towing laws by state. (It’s hard to tell when this list was last updated. Perhaps it’s annually, I don’t know.)
  • State By State Towing Laws — search for your state in the dropdown box to view all of the state’s requirements. (Or click “view all states” for one big list.)
  • State Towing Laws — lots of detailed information here, but again it’s hard to tell when this listing was last updated.

 

Lynnette Walczak

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  • steve

    can I dinghy tow my 2006 honda element 4wd behind my motorhome ? My owner manual says no. Can I install a lube pump for this vehicle

    • Curtis

      Steve, here is a link to the Remco website. Click on their application chart and enter your vehicle information to find out if a lube pump is required. http://www.remcotowing.com/node/6

    • Curtis

      Steve, here is a link to the Remco website. Click on their application chart and enter your vehicle information to find out if a lube pump is required. http://www.remcotowing.com/node/6

  • steve

    can I dinghy tow my 2006 honda element 4wd behind my motorhome ? My owner manual says no. Can I install a lube pump for this vehicle

  • Cheryl

    We have a 32 ft Class C RV & we would like to know if we can tow our 2004 Pontiac Vibe, front wheel drive? Some people have said no we can’t & some people have said yes. We’re confused of what we can do.

    • Curtis

      Cheryl, Only Pontiac can tell you for sure if you can tow it with all 4 wheels on the ground. If you tow it on a tow dolly with the front wheels being carried off the road you should have no problem.

  • Patti and Mark Burnett

    We have a 32′ 5th wheel which we tow with our 2004 Chevy Silverado, my question is can we tow a boat behind the 5th wheel.  So it would be the truck, the camper and the boat all being towed together.  We would be traveling from Ohio thru Pennsylvania to northern NY.

    • Curtis

      Patti & Mark, check out this article on triple towing:   http://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/07/triple_towing.php    It appears your route would take you through multiple states that don’t allow triple towing. 

  • Lcovebourne

    I have a 2003 monaco coach and am towing a 2007 haulmark cargo trailer (12′ long) . I bought an adapter to take the wiring to a 4 wire system on the trailer. Running lights work and so do the turn signals, however the brake lights do not. All functions on the coach work fine. Is there a different adapter I need / or do I need to change wiring on coach?   Bill & Rosey

    • Curtis

      Lcovebourne, I bet your Monaco uses amber lights for turn signals on the back and separate red brake lights.  Cargo trailers are wired to use the same bulb and filament for both functions.  You will need to add some more lights on your cargo trailer and run wiring to the coach for the separate brake circuit.  Another way is to install a wiring converter that will allow the two to be matched up.  Here’s an example: http://www.etrailer.com/p-118158.html