How To Safely (And Legally) Tow A Car Behind Your Motorhome

how-you-tow-a-car-safely-with-your-rv-by-tony-peters.jpg When you tow a car, there’s a lot more to consider than just dropping the tow bar hitch on the ball fastened at the rear of your motorhome.

You’re also accepting liability for whatever might go wrong, should something happen with that driverless vehicle that’s just a couple feet behind you.

  • Do you have proper safety equipment? (like safety cables)
  • Do you have proper lighting at the rear of your toad? (car in tow)
  • Do you have a method of applying the brakes on the car in tow? (It’s required in many states.)
  • Is your towed vehicle properly insured? (It’s the law.)
  • Do you have a way of monitoring your towed car? (such as a rear view camera)

Here are some of the best tips for towing a car or trailer behind an RV.


Of course, there’s more than one way to bring a car along on the trip.  You need to know how to pull a toad with your motorhome, including:

  • the proper use of a tow dolly
  • how to place your car on the trailer
  • how to provide braking for what you have hitched to your bumper without modifying the toad

If all this seems like a lot of bother, there are some advantages to renting a car when you get there instead of towing one everywhere you go.

This introductory video gives some insight as to what you need to know in order to safely tow a car behind your RV:

Curtis Carper

Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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