One other option not mentioned here is towing 4 wheels UP ... on a flatbed or enclosed trailer. We tow on an open, flatbed trailer. I don't see too many of us out there, but there are a few of us that I have seen in our travels
We're towing this way mostly out of necessity as our 4 wheel drive VW can't be towed 4 down or on a dolly. It wasn't practical for us to trade in our VW when we bought our motorhome, so a trailer was a necessity, as was a motorhome that had sufficient towing capacity. At the end of the day, we are pulling an extra ~1700lbs for the trailer alone, but we can backup when we need to - and yes, we've had a few times where we have HAD to backup
, and I also use the trailer to tow things with our VW, so it is a dual-purpose trailer.
From a cost perspective, we spent about $2,000 on the trailer, taxes, registration and property taxes. It seems like that's about the average of what some spend to purchase the parts to tow their "specific" vehicle 4 down.
When we looked at it from that perspective, we were still in the camp of towing on a trailer. I certainly feel that the trailer gives us more flexibility and more positives than negatives ...
- if we need to backup while connected to the motorhome, it's a matter of space, not ability to backup. This has been beneficial to us a few times in the last year.
- behind the motorhome, we can tow anything under 3,300 pounds that fits on the trailer. If we want a new car, there's no new hardware to buy. We just drive it up on the trailer and strap it down.
- I have the load or unload down to an easy 10-15 minutes. If it's raining, yes it still stinks, but there's no getting on the ground and good raingear keeps me relatively dry.
- if it gets too tight, we can take the car off the trailer, and tow the trailer with the car.
- we can use the trailer with our VW for trips to big box stores, the lumberyard and more
- using a larger tow vehicle, we can tow about 7,000 pounds on the trailer.
On the downside, I will agree that with the vehicle we are towing, we pay a price for towing an extra 1,700 pounds for the trailer ... but if we were towing a bigger, heavier truck or SUV 4 down, we might be near the same weight anyway. So at the end of the day, that variable depends on what you're towing.
The other factor that might need to be weighed in is accessability of campsites and parking the RV, trailer and car. For us, in 4,000 miles of travelling, we've only had one instance where the site was not large enough and that was dry camping at Richmond Raceway for the NASCAR weekend. We knew ahead of time that we would be too long for the spot, so we just bought two campsite tickets and used the space next to us to park the VW and trailer. We ended up having a huge campsite!
During our travels last summer we visited KOA's, private campgrounds,friends, family, State Parks, NASCAR tracks and never had a problem finding a place to park the car and trailer ... bumper to bumper we are about 53 feet long.
While it's not an option for everyone, it is a cost effective and easy to manage option to consider.