Originally Posted by dvmweb
We are looking at new pick up trucks. Closing in on a new Dodge. I use my truck for everything. Hauling, towing, snowplowimg, hunting, some travel, daily driver. Considering it for a dinghy too. Does anyone else do this? I think you could put the base plate on it too. I see a few pick ups being used as toads. The new Dodges can be used as dinghies per the OM.
You don't say what your RV is, type, size, engine, trans, etc. so, I don't know if you done all the homework or not in terms of just what it can tow or not but, if not, I'd surely start there. Now, with that being said, the Dodge, Chevy and GMC full sized trucks, in the 1500 4x4 versions, have been flat towable for quite some time now, years in fact. But, Ford, in its infinite wisdom, had its head in the sand in terms of allowing it's F-150 4x4 series being flat towed for years and years.
Now, in the year 2012, Ford finally turned the light on, DING! Let's make ours flat towable! So, now you've got a full range of flat towable, full sized trucks. We tow an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab. And, much of the time, that truck, when being towed, also has a "Rampage" lift/carrier in the bed, holding a 2008 Honda GL 1800 Goldwing. The truck was very easy to install base plate(s), yes I said "PLATES".
There is no connecting arm between the tow bar attachment points so, there's two, independent base plates. They work flawless. Now, if you're intending on the new Dodge, do not, I REPEAT DO NOT, BELIEVE ANYTHING THE SALES PERSON SAYS in terms of being flat towable or not. Go directly to the owners manual of the model you plan on towing. Make sure you read it thoroughly. Make sure it states that it IS FLAT TOWABLE behind a motor home and, what, if any, restrictions in speed etc. there might be.
Then and only then, you are sure that it's flat towable. Also, do not, depend on the Dinghy Towing guides "estimate" or, printing of the weight of the truck you intend on purchasing. Get it weighed yourself. I've proved that Dinghy Towing guide wrong way more than once. This way you'll know exactly what it weighs which, will help you with future decisions on type, size, and brand of tow bar etc. Good luck.