How Do I Tow My Car Behind My RV?

How Do I Tow My Car Behind My RV?
Camping in an RV gives you the advantage of driving your accommodations, but some travelers prefer bringing along a secondary vehicle. This lets you cut down on gas costs by leaving behind your RV at a campground and driving your car to tourist attractions and anywhere else you want to visit. To tow your car behind your RV, you need a tow hitch.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tow hitch
  • Safety chains
  • Lights
Step 1
Attach a tow hitch to the back of your RV. A tow hitch is the basic tool needed for transporting a car with an RV and has a V-shape, with a ball that connects to your RV. The tow hitch keeps the car at a safe distance from the back of the RV and when used properly, ensures that your car won't come loose or fall off the back of the RV.
Step 2
Back up your RV slowly to the bumper of the car. Line up the back of your RV with the front of your car before you begin attaching them. Give yourself a space of 1 to 2 feet, to give yourself some working room. If you don't need the room, back up the RV completely.
Step 3
Run the safety chains from your RV to your car. The safety chains come with your tow hitch and while some people don't use them, the chains provide extra protection. Cross the chains in the middle to add more protection.
Step 4
Connect the lights from the tow hitch to your RV and then to your car. This ensures that when you step on the brakes in the RV, the brake lights on the car will also signal. This lets vehicles behind you know when you're planning on turning and when you're slowing down.
Step 5
Drive around the block before you head off on your trip, checking that the lights are working properly. This is optional, but it does help ensure that everything is working properly. Have someone stand behind the car and make sure the lights are working. Take a short drive to make sure the car isn't loose.

Tips & Warnings

Installing a tow hitch is best suited to professionals because it involves hooking into the existing wiring of your vehicle.
Consider investing in a car dolly if you plan on traveling frequently. A car dolly attaches to the back of your RV and keeps the front wheels of your car off the ground.
Another option for those with a tow hitch on their RV is a small trailer. The car drives right up into the trailer and it tows safely behind your RV.

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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