How to Tow a Car Behind Your RV


When it comes to summer vacations, there’s nothing more liberating than hitting the open road in your RV. However, as many RV vacation spots offer hiking, boating, and the like, it can be difficult to access different activities without a smaller vehicle. Perhaps this issue sounds familiar—the RV is set up and ready, but now you have to walk miles just to get to the hiking trail. In situations like these, many RVers opt to tow a car behind their motorhome.

Whatever your reason is for needing an additional vehicle, the fact remains that towing a car can be challenging. The last thing you want is hours spent fumbling with a tow bar or, worse yet, dealing with a highway accident. At Kirkland RV, we know how important it is for a vacation to go smoothly from start to finish. This is your time to escape, explore, and relax in the great outdoors. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of ways you can tow your car with ease and safety.

Tow Bar

The most common option for towing a car behind your RV is a tow bar. This option is popular when towing lightweight cars, and it is relatively affordable. Stowmaster and Roadmaster are two of the most reliable tow brands if you go with this option.

Before investing in a tow bar, check with your car’s manufacturer or manual to make sure it is able to be towed with all four wheels on the ground. Some cars, both manual and automatic, can handle this with no problem, but others may require special provisions or are simply not compatible with a tow bar. Click here for a list of cars that can be towed with all four wheels on the ground.

Flatbed Trailer

While it is the most expensive towing option, a trailer will accommodate any type of vehicle. It also includes a full brake light system, which makes it legal to operate in every state. Whether you want to bring your offroading jeep, a couple of canoes, or a fleet of dirt bikes, a flatbed trailer will carry any additional vehicle you need. In addition, using a trailer won’t add mileage to the car you’re towing. So although trailers may not be practical for every RV owner, those who plan a lengthy RV vacation may want to keep them in mind.

Tow Dolly

A tow dolly serves as a compromise between towbars and trailers. Lifting the front wheels of the car off the road ensures that you can take any make or model of vehicle on your road trip. The various brands available provide you with options of different styles depending on the size of the car you’re towing, and some even have built-in brakes to help with towing larger vehicles. Just like using a trailer, using a tow dolly will ensure that you’re not racking up extra miles on your car.

Make Your RV Vacation One to Remember!

RV vacations are as unique as the family or friend group behind the wheel. It’s important to know what type of towing assistance fits your unique situation. And remember, whatever solution you choose, safety should be the highest priority. Make sure the brake lights are connected properly, double check the tow hitch for weakness, and invest in some safety cables as a precaution.

For more information on RV travel, contact Kirkland RV today. We offer competitive used and new RV sales from Class C to Class A diesels, and our team is equipped to service any RV or fifth wheel. Your summer should be a time of fun and relaxation, and we are dedicated to helping you hit the road with confidence. Call (425)409-2920 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page. Happy trails!