Let’s take a look at five versatile vehicles for towing behind an RV. These vehicles could be ideal for your next RV adventure.
Before you choose a tow vehicle for your RV adventures, it’s important to know the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) for your RV as well as for the hitch receiver. The weight of your tow vehicle and anything in it will have to be added when considering the GCWR of your RV.
The Honda CR-V is a great choice for towing behind an RV. It offers good gas mileage and plenty of room, plus it’s easy to maneuver in both on and off-road applications. However, it does come with the caveat that CR-V models after 2014 cannot be flat-towed. You can still tow newer ones with a tow-dolly, but since flat-towing is usually preferable, it’s good to keep this in mind when searching for a tow vehicle. A used CR-V is still a nice affordable option with strong reliability scores and surprisingly competent off-road ability.
The Wrangler just might be the single most popular vehicle for towing behind an RV. There are a few reasons for this. One is that the Wrangler is super easy to set up for towing and it doesn’t have any distance or speed limit restrictions. You can also tow a Wrangler with either type of transmission. Of course, one of the top reasons RV owners choose a Wrangler for their tow vehicle is simply because it can go just about anywhere once you remove it from the RV. If you’re considering a Wrangler, keep in mind that the four-door models will weigh more than the two-door models.
If you want to have a truck on your RV adventures, then the F-150 is a great choice. It’s the most popular truck in America for good reason. The F-150 offers plenty of comfort for everyday use as well as off-road ability. Plus, you can use the truck bed for extra storage. Only the 4WD models of the Ford F-150 can be flat-towed, but it also offers additional versatility if you decide to change your RV class to a fifth-wheel or travel trailer.
Even though a lot of RV owners buy tow vehicles with off-road ability, not everyone needs that feature. If you just want something that’s easy to drive and has great gas mileage, the Honda Civic is a nice choice. You can dolly-tow any Honda Civic as all models are FWD. Some models with a manual transmission can also be flat-towed, but you’ll need to check the manual for towing capability.
Like the civic, the Mini Cooper is a nice choice for people who aren’t looking for adventure vehicles to tow behind their RV. However, the Mini Cooper needs to be dolly-towed and no models are approved for flat-towing at this time. The good news is that the average curb weight of a Mini Cooper is only 2,700 pounds, so even adding a tow dolly won’t weigh you down too much.
For unconditional flat towing and adventuring, there’s no doubt that the Jeep Wrangler is the best choice for most people with RVs. However, it’s good to know if you want something different that there are several other options out there that can fit your needs.
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