Originally Posted by BobCooper
My wife and I are first time rv buyers and we were wondering what is the best way for us to haul our front wheel drive vehicle behind our motor home? Four down our a two wheel dolly?
All other tips would be greatly appreciated for us first time owners.
Thanks in advance.
Bob, what kind of car to you have, what engine, and what transmission? As others have said, not all (and if newish, not many) vehicles are flat towable. Ask your dealer and check your owner's manual to find whether yours is.
Also, you need to ensure your rig can tow something as heavy as your vehicle. The Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR) on your RV weights and measures tag will tell you the GCVWR. Also, find your hitch rating -- if it isn't on that tag, look in your RV owner's manual. Your towed vehicle must weigh less than the hitch rating and the sum of your RV weight and the towed vehicle weight must be less than the GCVWR.
You'll want to weigh your RV when typically loaded on truck scales -- it's the simplest and most accurate way to find your RV weight. Also, you can check that weight against the GVWR on that same tag to ensure you haven't overloaded your RV.
New or used, refer to Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing guides to guide you if you decide to purchase a vehicle that is flat towable. The guides for at least the last 10 years' models are downloadable for free here
. The guides are missing a few vehicles that are towable because the editors are conservative and only include cars the manufacturers said could be flat towed. A case in point is older Honda CR-Vs (before Honda started using continuously variable transmissions to improve mileage).
To my knowledge, no vehicle with a CVT can be flat towed. Does anyone know an exception?