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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Miscellaneous Informational Topics

Informational Topic:

Towing a four-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive car/vehicle behind an RV, how to do it correctly.

The Information You Need:

Simply, properly towing a car or other vehicle behind your RV or mobile home is important for two reasons: 1) To ensure the safety of and prevent unnecessary damage to your vehicles; and 2) To stay in compliance with the law, since many states have laws that prevent a certain method of towing that is detrimental to the vehicle being towed.

 

The improper way of towing, which is prohibited by practically all states and vehicle manufacturers, is the towing of a vehicle with all four of its wheels on the ground behind the RV or mobile home that is doing the towing.  For front-wheel-drive vehicles, this type of towing causes undue and harmful stress on the gears because the gears in the area of the differential will inevitably rotate with all four wheels on the ground during the towing process, consequently creating the premature failure of such gears.  To avoid this and other similar premature damage to four-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, you should tow as shown below.

For a front-wheel-drive vehicle being towed by an RV/mobile home, buy or rent a tow dolly (AKA, car carrier).  This would resolve the undue vehicle-gear stress that would otherwise be the result of having all four wheels on the ground.  With the tow dolly attached to the back of your RV/mobile home, have the front wheels of your front-wheel-drive vehicle placed and secured on the tow dolly, allowing the rear wheels to be the only wheels to roll on the ground. 

For a rear-wheel-drive vehicle being towed by an RV/mobile home, also buy or rent a tow dolly (or, again, a car carrier).  With the tow dolly attached to the back of your RV/mobile home, back up your rear-wheel-drive vehicle to the dolly so that the rear wheels of this vehicle are placed and secured on the dolly, allowing the front wheels to be the only wheels to roll on the ground.

For a four-wheel-drive vehicle being towed by an RV/mobile home, also buy or rent a tow dolly (or, again, a car carrier).  As with towing a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with the tow dolly attached to the back of your RV/mobile home, back up your four-wheel-drive vehicle to the dolly so that the rear wheels of this vehicle are placed and secured on the dolly, allowing the front wheels to be the only wheels to roll on the ground.  Also, make sure that you then shift the drive train of this vehicle from four-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.

As shown above, using a tow dolly (or car carrier) will allow you to tow your vehicle for as far as you want without incurring unnecessary damage to it.

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