How to Tow a Car Behind a 5th Wheel RV

How to Tow a Car Behind a 5th Wheel RV
Towing a vehicle behind your fifth-wheel is also known as triple towing, which refers to the vehicle being the third in line. You may want to tow an extra car for a variety of reasons, including having separate cars for multiple people in your party or towing home a car you purchased. As long as you have a hitch on your RV, it's possible to tow a car behind a 5th wheel.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tow hitch
  • Safety chains
  • Lights
Step 1
Attach a tow hitch style support system onto the back of your fifth-wheel RV. A tow hitch is a method of transporting cars, using a V-shaped device that attaches to the hitch and ball on the back of your RV. The car slides into this device, letting you safely and easily tow a car.
Step 2
Check the weight limits of your hitch and ball with the combined weight of the fifth-wheel and the vehicle you plan to tow. The hitch on your primary vehicle should be strong enough to carry both the weight of the RV and the weight of the secondary car. If you're unsure of the weight limit, contact the manufacturer.
Step 3
Line up your primary vehicle with the 5th wheel and your secondary vehicle. Make sure that the secondary vehicle is in line with your 5th wheel and then back up your primary car. You'll want to connect your primary car to the 5th wheel in the same way you would if you weren't towing a second car.
Step 4
Connect safety chains to the back of your 5th wheel, attaching the chains from the RV to the car and back again. The safety chains keep the car in place, even if it slips off the hitch and provides an additional level of protection. Then connect the car itself onto the tow hitch.
Step 5
Plug the lights from the tow hitch into the lighting system on your RV and do the same thing on the back, which connects the lights of the towed vehicle to the lighting on the RV. Check to ensure that all the lights are working by pushing down on your brakes and checking the lights.

Tips & Warnings

 
Stay at the minimum speed limit when towing your car behind the RV.
 
Make sure you check the rules of your state before you attempt to tow a vehicle behind your fifth-wheel. Connecticut and Delaware are two of the 20 states that prohibit this practice.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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