Traveling in your motor home can be a great experience, however, towing a vehicle can improve that experience by allowing versatility. Whether you're exploring your desired vacationing spot or simply running errands, a towed vehicle allows for a convenient option.


Towing Options

If you decide to bring a vehicle along for the ride you have three choices. Below these options are discussed further; including which option may be most suitable for you.

Transport Trailer

Transport Units/Trailers
First up are trailers, these allow all wheel elevation of the towed vehicle from the ground. Generally, these are used for luxury sedans or show cars. Prices for transport units as these are usually seen between $1500 and $6000.
Tow Dollies

Tow Dolly

The next options are tow dollies which work to elevate the front of the vehicle, lifting only the front two wheels from the ground. Advantages to implementing this method: One advantage is eliminating the need for a lubrication pump if the vehicle is front wheel drive. Tow dollies also become useful if you simply would rather not or just can't tow 4 wheels down. Finally, tow dollies are a wonderful option if you need multiple vehicles or don't mind time-sharing with friends. Check the manufacturer to be certain that this is an available option for use immediately or possibly for the future if braking happens to be a concern.
Tow Bars

Tow Bar

Finally, the most popular option is to use a tow bar, also known as towing four wheels down. Convenience is a distinct attribute of towing 4 wheels down and this is why so many select this method of towing. A dilemma that typically arises is what to do with your tow dolly or trailer once you have reached your destination. Campgrounds being an example, many are unable to accommodate these plus your towed vehicle and motorhome, on site. Usually you'll have to relocate the trailer or dolly elsewhere, away from the campsite. Tow bars, being the convenience that they are, are capable of being detached and the equipment used with it will easily fold away for storage. Not to mention tow bars are also much lighter and costs are much lower than that of a dolly or trailer. Three tow bar types are available; Self-Aligning Motorhome Mounted, Rigid A-frame, and Self-Aligning Car Mounted. Some smaller companies don't have the resources necessary to assist you after your investment. Below are descriptions provided to aid you in determining which type of tow bar may be best for you.


Types of Tow Bars

Rigid A-Frame

rigid a-frame tow bar

When a tow bar is referred to as rigid its welded solid and isn't adjustable. When attaching the towed vehicle it must be aligned precisely in order to properly attach the tow bar's coupler to the tow vehicle's ball. It usually requires two individuals to make a secure and proper connection. Generally, these cost the least and are the lightest of the tow bars. If you're healthy and have assistance every time this may be a viable option. This may also be the useful to you if a tow bar is required occasionally. Typically, rigid tow bars need detached and stored while not in use.

self-aligning tow bar

Tow bars that act to self-align do NOT require two individuals to establish a connection; they allow a single person for operation. The feature enables positioning the vehicle behind the motorhome, which allows the tow bar to adjust accordingly for attaching. The tow bar extends to a rigid position as the motorhome pulls forward. Quite a few users claimed this type of tow bar to be a temper/marriage saver since it's much easier to attach than a rigid tow bar. The process goes deeper when having to select between vehicle mounted and motorhome mounted.
Vehicle Mounted

vehicle mountd tow bar

Self-aligning vehicle mounted tow bars weren't only the industry standard several years running but were also the first self-aligning and folding tow bars manufactured. These bars are capable of folding and being stored on the vehicle's front while not in use. Most models include a quick release system for easy detachment and storage. Commonly, damage to the tow bar and possibly even the vehicle's bumper occurs by hitting poles, parking lot walls, or others attempting to park in front of the vehicle. A disadvantage to vehicle mounted tow bars is they can easily be stolen while away. Another disadvantage is the front suspension can be negatively affected by the tow bar's weight. Also, aesthetically speaking, they aren't too pleasing.
Motorhome Mounted

Rv mounted tow bar

The latest in innovation and the most popular tow bars are motorohome mounted. The greatest advantage of these types of tow bars is the swivel joint in place of the traditional ball coupler. This means the tow bar can be utilized without a drop ball mount, which usually drags when a motorhome passes over a hollow or begins up an incline. Unlike others, locking the tow bar into the motorhome's receiver hitch can deter theft. Also, they are much lighter and much easier to use than their vehicle mounted counterparts. Besides, storing the tow bar on the motorhome leaves the front of your vehicle looking much neater while not in tow.

Base Plate

Base plate example When searching for the proper towing system, remember the base plate. Without this there wouldn't be anything to attach the tow bar to, establishing a connection. The base plate is bolted to the vehicle's framework and is customized to accommodate each unique vehicle. Varying base plates will be more evident than others; few require custom fitting for installation. Several newer models include a removable attachment tab that enables you to remove any exposed parts on the front of your vehicle. Occasionally, drilling holes may be needed to attach the base plate to the frame, but aside from that no special equipment is required.