Sun’s out, wind’s up, and you can just smell that vacation around the corner. You all know what that means - road trip time. Some people prefer to hit the road with nothing but the engine in front of them while others like to bring all the comforts of home along in a recreational vehicle. For the former, I’ve got nothing to say to you, you’re covered. But for the rest of you RV enthusiasts, there’s are literally hundreds of factors that need to be considered.
For starters, ask any veteran RV owner about rule numero Uno and they’ll give it to you straight; you never go RVing without pulling an auxiliary set of wheels behind you. A smaller tow car allows you to park the RV and explore hard to reach places, score easier parking opportunities as well as get better fuel economy. We’ll get into all the benefits of bringing an extra set of wheels while RVing another time. But for now, let’s look at how to get the best value in towing a car behind your RV.
Getting the Best Value from Your RV Tow Car
When it comes to value, you can never really tell someone what is valuable to them or not. Much like beauty, the value of something is also in the eyes of the beholder. That’s why this segment covers all the different value aspects there could possibly be. Whether you want to get more value in terms of money savings or are interested in making the most out of your RV tow, you’re in the right place.
1: Best Value in Terms of Long-Term Money Savings
Contrary to popular belief, there’s a very big difference between cost and value. While most people might view savings as cutting costs on the initial purchase, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The only way to get maximum value in towing a car behind you is to use a flatbed or enclosed trailer.
Use a Flat Bed Trailer to Tow your Car
While these are typically the most expensive types of towing equipment you could purchase, they more than pay for themselves in the long run. A trailer completely supports your vehicle, and since none of your car’s wheels are touching the ground, you’re not adding any unnecessary mileage to the vehicle.
This is a very huge plus if you will be covering hundreds or thousands of miles and don’t want to butcher the resale value of your buggy. Another way that trailers add value to the tow is by offering more safety and control. Trailers have their own reverse, brakes and lighting systems that make your drive a whole lot safer. Can’t put a price tag on the value of life now, can you?
2: Best Value for Instant Savings
If you’re short on cash and need something to tow your car, then you obviously won’t see the value in buying an entire trailer. Maybe you’re not really a serious RV driver or just want something for the occasional trip. If this sounds like you, then it’s safe to say that there’s value in something that you can actually afford. When it comes to towing, there’s nothing cheaper and more basic than a Tow Bar.
Use a Tow Bar
A tow bar primarily consists of two elements; the bar itself and the base plate where the tow vehicle’s chassis will be attached. Their basic construction allows them to be folded and safely tucked away when not in use. Unfortunately, all the four wheels of your vehicle will be touching the ground. This means more wear on the tires as well as some significant mileage accumulation. Also, it's impossible to reverse your RV while using a loaded tow bar.
3: Best Value in Terms of Flexibility
When you’re looking for a good compromise between performance and cost, then you’ll need a clever cross between both the above towing equipment. See, with a balance, you’ll get value from saving on the initial purchase as well as long-term benefits too. If you still haven’t caught on yet, I’m talking about getting a Tow Dolly.
Buy a Tow Dolly
A tow dolly is basically a short, two-wheeled trailer used to transport vehicles with the front wheels off the ground. The great thing about these is that they are universal and can be used to tow any type of vehicle. And that’s not all; they are also packed with a ton of features that make them quite the valuable tools. Depending on the manufacturer, your tow dolly can include a steering system that mimics the RV, surge brakes, and even electric brakes. You’ll save your front tires and suspension from wear, but backing up will still be impossible. At least you don’t have to worry about stressing your car’s steering components now.
There you have it; all the different ways that different RV towing equipment can prove their value. It’s all about identifying what features and elements are more valuable to you than the rest then making the decision to get one. But no matter which method you choose, remember to observe safety at all times. Also, regular cleaning and maintenance practices will see you get the best value from your equipment too.