If you own a motorhome, there’s a good chance you’ve learned that bringing a car along on your journey provides a convenient method of transportation. Whether it’s to use the car to go shopping when parked at a campground or a way to take side trips, having a car at your access is a good thing. Not only is having a car a great convenience, should the motorhome experience a mechanical issue, a car in tow provides an alternate and immediate method of transportation.
While there’s various methods of towing a car behind a motorhome such as using a tow dolly or trailer, I’ve found the most convenient method is to flat tow the vehicle. Not every car can be safely flat towed and if you’re shopping for a tow car it’s best to do your homework before getting to far into the purchase process. The owner’s manual should contain information in its towing or recreational towing section that states whether or not a specific vehicle can be flat towed and the necessary steps for setup. Another useful tool is the dinghy towing guides found online at FMCA.com and Motorhome.com that assist in the selection process.
In the video located below, you’ll see that after a bit of practice, a tow bar can be attached between a motorhome and a car in less than three minutes.
In this video you’ll see that after a bit of practice, a tow bar can be attached between a motorhome and a car in less than three minutes. Yes, you’ll still need to perform some additional safety tasks, but it’s a fairly easy process. It’s important to add that to safely flat tow a car, the vehicle needs to have an auxiliary braking system that provides additional safety measures while slowing and can stop the car should it become detached from the vehicle. And, having a connection that synchronizes the car’s brake and turn lamps is a requirement as it allows other vehicles to easily see when the motorhome is slowing or turning.
Here’s the video:
Here’s a brief video with my friend Siren showing out technique for attaching a 2017 Jeep Wrangler to a 2014 Prevost using a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar:
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