Types of Tows:
- Tow Bar: Pros: The most common and most affordable. Perfect to pull a light-weight vehicle behind you when Rving. Fold up and compact for storage. Cons: Difficult to back up in a RV with this type of tow. Having all four wheels on ground will add miles to your vehicle (consider when you have a lease car). Some base plates are unique to a vehicle- you may need custom installations for a particular car. Exposes car to road debris and the elements. Also need a tow light kit!
- Tow Dolly: Pros: Keeps the front two wheels off the ground which keeps mileage off your vehicle. This type of tow is universal to most vehicles. Easy storage and typically have a better brake system which can allow you to tow larger vehicles. Also, comes with a lighting system that plugs in to the motorhome. Cons: Slightly more costly than a tow bar. Not easy to back up and most tow dolly’s need to be licensed by the state. Also, like the tow bar, exposes car to road debris and the elements.
- Trailer: Pros: Keeps your vehicle completely off the road. Some trailers are enclosed thereby keeping your car safe from elements and debris. Keeps mileage off the vehicle and offers preferred backing up advantages as they often offer a braking system. Cons: Very costly. Loading and unloading can be difficult and storage of trailer can be an issue.
In all of our research, the one issue that keeps coming up is to ensure that the hitch of the RV is appropriate for the weight of the tow vehicle. Also remember to keep into account that the weight of the tow adds to what you are pulling!
At this time for us, all arrows are pointing in the direction of a Tow Dolly due to its low cost, storage availability and ability to keep the travel mileage off our vehicle. We will keep you posted on our final decision, but we are definitely looking into a model that, for storage purposes, is collapsible! We would love to hear from you below with any advice!!
Glamp on Friends!