Motorhomes are great for some things: sleeping, eating, drinking and living, but nobody can pretend they’re the most mobile of beasts. Because of the difficulties involved in driving and parking motorhomes, there are now a lot of people who are choosing to tow a car behind a motorhome to give extra flexibility and to save a bit of money when camping. What do you need to know about towing safely and smartly?
Choosing a Car
For most of us it’s not really a case of ‘choosing’ a car to tow, it’s about just towing the one that’s sat on the drive! However, there are some cautions to heed: towing large, 4×4 vehicles is not a wise idea with a relatively small motorhome as you may lack the power to get up hills efficiently. Think of your tow-car as a dead-weight that will just drag your motorhome down so, really, the lighter you can go the better.
Connectors and Extras
Most motorhomes will have a rear tow-ball to which you can affix your car, but you may need to add a tow bar to the front of your car. This can be pretty cheap to do but absolutely needs to be tested and secure. Once you’re fixed up, you’ll need to wire up your lights from your motorhome to your tow car using a 7-pin plug and finally fix on a number plate and a set of warning triangles.
You will need to check that your motorhome insurance covers you when towing, and also check whether your car insurance is valid while your car is on tow. Beware, also, that some campsites will charge you more for taking a tow car – you may even have to pay for two pitches, depending on the time of year.
Towing is a great convenience to many campers and definitely worth investigating if you’re someone who craves a little extra flexibility when on the road. Don’t take anything too heavy, make sure your connectors are properly fixed up every time and be prepared to pay, although you might find that your costs are outweighed by the efficiency of taking your car rather than your motorhome.