Towing a travel trailer, fifth-wheel or toy hauler can be daunting for a first-time RVer. If you have a motorhome, should you “flat-tow” a car behind—or put it on a tow dolly? Experienced and helpful RVillage members have plenty of helpful tips for you!
Note: You will need to be logged in to RVillage and join discussion groups to add your comments & tips. It's a great way to meet lots of new RVing friends!
This is not meant to be a comprehensive all-inclusive guide to towing. Please do your research for the vehicle(s) you own or plan to own; and the regulations of the states and provinces that you live in and/or plan to travel in—to tow safely and legally.
What is recreational towing? It differs from emergency towing.
As an RVer, your setup could either be a motorhome with tow a vehicle behind it (also referred to as a "toad" for towed vehicle or "dingy"); or a truck (or large SUV) pulling a travel trailer, fifth-wheel or toy hauler. If you haven't made that decision yet, check out the following article: Which type of RV is right for YOU?
To get started, see an overview of some basic towing tips, especially backing up!
Towing behind a motorhome
Are there any convenient alternatives to towing?
Bikes, bus or Uber? Depends on how far you are from town and what needs to be transported! See RVillager's thoughts on the various alternatives and why they may or may not work for you.
Newbie with motorhome asks for basic towing advice
“Flat-tow” that car or put it on a trailer?
How do you know if you can flat-tow your car “4-down”?
RVillagers have great information to offer.
If you had the choice, could you use a tow dolly? Would you want to?
Can you back up with a flat-towed dingy?
Answers from RVillagers are unanimous: Don't do it!
Any tire issues with towing a vehicle 4-down?
That “toad" WILL need a supplemental braking system!
LOTS of helpful tips and information to digest on this topic!
Additional resources for flat-towing behind a motorhome
- Motorhome magazine's free downloadable Dinghy Towing Guides
- RVIBrake's guide to State-by-State towing laws
Towing a travel trailer, 5th wheel, or toy-hauler
What type of truck is used to tow a 5-er (5th wheel)?
Can an SUV safely pull a travel trailer?
Learn why sway control bars are very important when towing a TT (travel trailer)
...and the conversation continues...
How about towing a travel trailer down those boondocking roads?
...or down steep mountain inclines?
Additional resources for towing a travel trailer, 5th wheel, or toy-hauler
- Trailer Life magazine's free downloadable Trailer Towing Guides
- Trailer.com's Trailer Laws & Regulations by State
Is triple towing legal?
Join these RVillage groups to ask questions and learn from experienced, friendly and helpful RVillagers!
- Toads - RV Towable Vehicles
- HDT (Heavy Duty Truck) Owners & Enthusiasts
- RV Education 101
- Why Didn't I Think of That? Tips and Tricks
- Handy RV Tools and tips
- Full Time RVers
You can find many helpful educational videos for all kinds of towing equipment at eTrailer (scroll down to “Towing Information” & “Trailer Information”).
Disclaimer: The information gathered here is compiled from the posts and opinions of RVillagers, and not of RVillage itself. RVillage assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions.
Never miss a new RVoices blog post ➞ Get alerts!
Not a member of RVillage yet? Join the community today. It's FREE.