What cars can be flat-towed behind an rv roaming times

We’ve just updated a previous and consistently popular and searched-for-article on favorite towable models, by model years that are still acceptable and safe to tow, so this is our version 2.0. Some models are great for towing but making a car model current, such as the years 2016-2018, does not make them more towable. Or, now towable at all. Transmissions change. Computer integrations under the hood (or boot), have changed and tech has evolved. Example, for a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition, the Roadmaster base plate kit you can use is part # 1444-3 which will fit your Hard Rock so long as you do NOT have the American Expedition Vehicles bumper. These base plates work with Roadmaster’s motorhome-mounted tow bars, such as the Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 or the all terrain version # RM-522.


Each model requires specific kits. JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited and 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition: All-time Favorites

Sometimes, you just have to have a truck. Several pickups, such as the 2015 Ford F-150 with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, can be flat towed. Most year’s models all work well as tows. Makes the choosing easier. Fiat 500 and the 2016 FIAT 500 Abarth, 2016 Scion iM, 2016 Toyota Corolla, 2016 Chevrolet Spark: Small and Towable

Just because it’s towed like a dinghy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to drive. When equipped with a manual transmission, the 2015 Fiat 500 is rated for flat towing and can provide a nice change of pace after hours behind the wheel of a motor home. Check new models for the manual transmission and current rating for flat-towing. Newer models are still applicable, but always check your owner manuals for specifics. You will hear that statement often throughout this article. Chevrolet Malibu: Automatic Transmission, but Ready to Tow and the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid

But things change when you need to run into town for groceries, or want to take a sightseeing trip after you’ve set up camp. Driving a huge rv along narrow, twisty roads, then navigating in urban traffic and next, trying to find parking spots and paying for the additional fuel it is consuming, can be anything but pleasant. This is not what we thought of when dreaming of the rvlife and road trips.

With a small car or truck available however, motor home travelers don’t have to stow all their gear and pull up the stakes every time they want to go somewhere. That’s why it is not uncommon to see big RVs pulling smaller vehicles behind them. That extra set of wheels, often in the form of a little SUV or subcompact car, makes it so much easier to get around. Sightsee as you like, shop for needed groceries, head to the movies, search out that beach or perfect sunset. All in your road and gas-friendly car or truck. If you’re not planning on staying in your motorhome for these off-the-cuff, spontaneous moments or day’s sudden inspiration, having a vehicle to indulge your off-itinerary adventure is just the thing. We love the idea of a towed vehicle with a motorhome.

First, there’s the expense of buying and maintaining a trailer or tow dolly. Then, there’s the storage space at home and at that campsite that those conveyances require when not in use, as well as the extra work needed to get the towed vehicle on and off of them. It’s quite a bit of work and feat of mobility to manage a trailer as your vehicle carrier.

The alternative is flat towing, also called four-down towing or dinghy towing. It involves attaching a tow bar to a suitable car, SUV or pickup and letting the vehicle roll along behind the motor home on its own four tires (thus “four-down” towing). It’s often called dinghy towing because the towed vehicle resembles a small dinghy being pulled along behind a large yacht at sea.

Toyota, for instance, makes several vehicles that would seem ideal for flat towing. For hearty off-road adventurers there are the Land Cruiser and the FJ Cruiser, the latter still popular although it’s not in current production. While they’re fine on their own on rough terrain, the company’s four-wheel-drive trucks don’t make the grade when it comes to flat towing.

No Toyota, Lexus or Scion (except now the 2016 Scion iM, which is towable), vehicle with an automatic transmission is suitable for dinghy towing, Lee says. And the company’s manual transmission vehicles aren’t all designed the same. Some require continuous operation of a pump inside the transmission to keep the moving parts lubricated, and those can’t be towed four-down.

• Some cars and SUVs that can be towed four-down require special stops to run the engine in order to lubricate the transmission. Some require removal of various fuses before starting off. There are a number of four-wheel-drive trucks with automatic transmissions that must be towed four-down with their transmissions in the “Park” position and their transfer cases in “Neutral.”

• Vehicles with steering locks triggered by the ignition switch, and that’s most of them these days, can’t be flat towed if the front wheels won’t turn. The key must be in the ignition and the ignition switched to the accessory position in order to unlock the steering.Don’t assume that because previous years’ models were towable, this year’s will be as well. The Ford Escape was a popular dinghy-tow vehicle with the RV crowd. But it was redesigned for 2013 and no longer is certified to be pulled along with all four wheels on the ground.

• Finally, all but eight states require most vehicles being flat-towed to be equipped with auxiliary brake systems that work in tandem with the motor home’s brakes. That’s because flat-towed vehicles almost always exceed the various states’ minimum towing weight requirements. Smart motor home owners who tow a car or truck know that even in those states that don’t require them, auxiliary brake kits should be considered essential.