Originally Posted by TGA2016
Hi, we've had experience RVing quite locally...Florida in a gentle 35ft gasser but now we're going out full time with our shiny new Tiffin DP. I have no intention of towing anything until I'm very familiar with driving the 38 ft coach. We will want to have a vehicle with us in time though. I've seen front wheels up, all 4 down and the car on a trailer, I just have no idea which is the way to go,I'm sure there are pros and cons on all options, perhaps you Gurus would care to share your thoughts. It would be much appreciated.
Barry and Pat, RVM114
Let's look at it this way. Of the three methods of towing or, bringing along a vehicle (aka "Toad"), what do you THINK would be the least hassle, most problem free, least amount of logistics and, the least HASSLE of all three?
Of course the answer is: All four wheels on the ground or, otherwise known as "FLAT TOWING". Now, if you don't already have a particular vehicle in mind or, already own one that you might plan on towing, then the SMARTEST thing you can do is, look in the Motor Home magazines "Dinghy Towing Guide" for the make/model/year of vehicle you're thinking about.
Every year, that magazine comes out with a list, typically acquired from the factories of all the vehicles listed, on which ones of a brand/make/model/transmission/etc. that can or cannot be flat towed. And, they will also put in that list, any restrictions or cautions for said vehicles.
If you think about the other two ways you listed of bringing along a toad, which are the full trailer or, tow-dolly, here's the MAIN issue you'll have with those. Once you've off loaded your toad, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT THEN?? Especially in tight camping areas with very limited space?
Then, there's storing it at home too, unless you're going full time but, unless you've mapped out, each and every stop/campsite for your entire travels and, have found out which ones have EXTRA SPACE , FOREVER, you'll have to deal with, where to put either one of them, each time you stop/camp.
Now, to be sure, it will take a bit to set up an intended "Flat tow" vehicle. You'll need a base plate that will permenantly attach to the front end of said vehicle. Most of the time, you don't know they're installed because the designers have done a great job of building them so they're concealed.
Then, you'll need a good tow bar. There are basically two types. One, stays on the coach, when disconnected from the toad. The other, stays on the toad, when disconnected from the coach. There's actually a third type too. It's the old style that is basically bolted to the front of a vehicle (usually an old Jeep type vehicle ) that sticks up in front of the hood, and looks really dumb now days, especially in light of the nice cars that can be towed.
You'll need to wire that toad, for tail lights so that when you're towing it, it gives notice to folks following you. There's several ways of accomplishing this.
And, although somewhat of an argument as to whether it's actually required in some or most states, you'll be well advised to setup a braking system in that toad to, for activation when you're towing it. Again, there are several on the market out there.
Now, once all this is said and done, and you've chosen to "Flat tow", you'll get that system of hook-up and, disconnect down to a science and, you'll be done in a matter of a minute or two, in either hooking up in prep for towing or, disconnecting in prep for pulling into a campsite or, sending the DW out for scouting out a campsite while you stay in contact with her on your phone or, FS radios or, whatever method you'd choose.
But, all in all, by far, flat towing is the easiest and most efficient in towing methods.
Two of the most common TOADs out in RV land are, the Honda CRV and, the Jeep Wrangler. Some tout the Wrangler as the most towed while others, stand up for the CRV. I will say at this point though, Honda, in it's infinite wisdom, re-designed the CRV for 2015 and, it IS NOT TOWABLE.
But, all years under that model are. So, hope this info helps some. Good luck.