Motorhome Towing

Motorhome towing is important for RV owners to think about, whether it pertains to safety measures when towing a vehicle or what to do if you need a tow. As an RV driver or tower, you should learn the proper way to tow and research various insurance companies to learn which ones cover RV's in the event of an emergency. In either case, it is responsible to prepare for the worst so you can avoid unfortunate situations.

Towing a Vehicle

RV's are much larger than cars, so they tow items differently and require you to use extra precautions. These big vehicles make sharper, wider turns, sway more, take longer to stop and have more blind spots than a regular auto. For these reasons, motorhome towing demands that you practice safe driving techniques, such as checking the tow vehicle to determine how you have to tow it.

  • Can you tow the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground or do you need a tow dolly?

  • Do you have the right ball and hitch?

  • Is your specific RV strong enough to tow the vehicle you want towed?

You have to know the answers to these questions before you can consider towing anything.


Safety First

Before embarking on your journey, you have to check the brake and taillights, as well as the turn signals on the RV and tow vehicle. Ensure that all of the safety chains are secure, that the tires have air and check the tow bars to make sure nothing is loose. It's also a good idea to add reflectors to the sides and back of the tow vehicle as an added precaution.

Once you begin your trip, take notice of your speed, follow state driving laws and try to stay out of the left lane unless you want to pass another car. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to stop suddenly; the Motorhome Towing Guide recommends a five-second stopping distance. You should also avoid tight turns, as they may damage the hitch or tow bars.

Avoid Dead Ends When Motorhome Towing

I'd been a full-time RVer for all of 48 hours and was heading to the Albuquerque Flea Market to set up on Saturday morning. It was barely light and I was trying to find the entrance to the flea market. I turned down a side street, then turned right onto another street, only to realize too late, that it was a dead end!

I quickly learned a valuable lesson...avoid dead ends because you cannot back up when you are towing a vehicle.

I got out, unhooked my Nissan wagon, turned it around. Then got back in the motorhome, managed to get it turned around and headed in the right direction, before getting out and reattaching the car.

Took about 20 minutes altogether, but probably saved me hours over the next 10 years, as I would drive out of my way to make sure I always had a way to pull through if I was towing.

RV Emergency Road Tow Service

Motorhome towing is not something that anyone can do, as you need special equipment and tow trucks to lift and pull an RV. One of the most reputable RV emergency road tow services is Good Sam, a company that offers insurance and assistance to travelers across the United States. Get NO LIMIT towing to the nearest service center with Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Learn More! They pay all of your tow expenses, regardless of the distance to the nearest authorized repair facility.

The company also covers any vehicle that your RV is towing, your spouse and children and pays up to $1200 for trip interruption. They change tires, perform lockouts and deliver fuel to you free as additional benefits provided under your affordable annual premium. With the special equipment needed to tow RV's and over 25 years of experience, it is no wonder Good Sam has more than a million members.

If for some reason, you prefer not to take out insurance with Good Sam, that's okay because coverage is also available through companies such as Allstate, Progressive, AAA and RV US. These companies have tow plans similar to that of Good Sam, each with their own unique benefits and different prices. For recommendations, you can look to KOA, or Kampgrounds of America, read travel blogs and forums, or ask fellow RVers, as well as the dealership from which you purchased your RV.

Whether you need motorhome towing or your motorhome is doing the towing, you should always prepare yourself by taking precautions and learning safety measures. Make a checklist, take your vehicles in for inspection and don't wait until the last minute to arrange for your trip as rushing always leads to mistakes.