There are many ways to tow your vehicle behind your RV. Some people do not like the idea of using a tow dolly and in some states double towing is not allowed. Finding the right towing method for you can take a little research to make sure you are doing it safely.
Roadmaster has put out several dinghy towing guides over the past few years. If you go to this link, you will find the list. It starts in 2012 and ends in 2022. It will cover all the vehicles that can be dinghy towed. There will be other lists or guides you can turn to if your vehicle is not covered in this one.
To learn more about this topic, just continue to read our article. It has the information you want to know about so you can check to see if your current vehicle can be dinghy towed. Keep reading to get that important information.
Many RV and car owners may not have heard of this term before. Or they may confuse it with towing a little boat called a dinghy. It is easy to confuse when you are new to towing a vehicle behind an RV.
In the RV industry, dinghy towing is when you attach your car to a hitch and connect it to your RV. Then the car is towed like you would tow a regular trailer.
The difference between flat towing and dinghy towing is that the latter term is the umbrella category that covers all towing methods. The former term is one of those specific towing methods you can use.
The term dinghy towing also refers to tow dolly use. That is where the front tires are off the ground as you travel. Flat towing requires fewer pieces of equipment and is easier to do. But not all cars can be flat towed anymore.
There are two good ways to learn this information and asking your dealer Is not one of them. The best place to look will be your owner’s manuals. The manufacturers of the vehicles will place the correct information in these booklets.
You should check the owner’s manual first as some trims of the same model and year can be dinghy towed and others cannot not. The second way to learn if your vehicle can be dinghy towed is by looking at some dinghy tow guides.
These guides will provide you with the most up-to-date information that they can get. Some will talk directly to the manufacturers to make sure they provide you with the best information possible.
The major drawback to these guides is that the information is usually preliminary and can change without notice after the guides go to press.
There are some of these guides on the internet and they should not be hard to find. We have one that we will link to but be forewarned it was only recently uploaded. We cannot guarantee that all the information in this guide, although dated to this year, is going to be accurate.
To get this guide you will have to create an account but that is free. Click here to access the guide and the instructions you need to follow. You can also try this link but it did not work for us when we tried it.
When you go to these links look at the information and then double-check with your owner’s manual. If you do not have that booklet, then contact your closest dealer to get one or talk to them about dinghy towing.
Even dealers may not have the most accurate information on this topic.
One of the more frustrating problems with towing guides is that they may not be for the year you want to read about. One RV owner got frustrated as the closest he could come to his 2022 model year was 2020.
When we checked the Motorhome Magazine list, it stopped in 2019. But here is a link to that list anyways just in case you can use it. This link will take you to a similar website to get the Sam’s dinghy towing guide. It was uploaded this month and you will need to create an account to get access to it.
We will not guarantee any information contained in those links.
These are around and many just provide information on what equipment you need, what to watch for when you do this and how to set up the equipment. They do not get into the specifics of which cars can or cannot be dinghy towed.
The FMCA is a different story and it provides guides on its website for the years 1999 to 2022. You just need to click on the year of the car you own to see if you can dinghy tow or not. Click here to get to that website.
Between this guide and the Roadmaster one, you probably have the best two guides to use. We won’t guarantee any of the information that it is accurate or correct but these two guides should get you on the right path to dinghy towing.
If these guides do not help you, then you should continue on and conduct your own search for your specific car model or trim. Remember not all trims in the same model year can be dinghy towed.
When it comes to getting your vehicle to your next destination, you can have your spouse drive the car, hire a driver, or dinghy tow it. The last is the best option only if it can be dinghy towed.
If it can’t then you will have to spring for a tow dolly or use one of the tow methods we just mentioned. Always double-check with the manual to make sure it is okay.