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About_My_CarRV road trips are great for traveling the open road and highways, but if you plan on staying anywhere for an extended period of time you will need another car. Towing a car behind a RV is called a dinghy. Towing a car will increase the freedom that you have to explore and the convenience of the RV. There are three ways that you can tow your car behind your RV.

The first way of towing you car behind your RV is with all 4 wheels on the ground. Towing a car with all four wheels on the ground is more convenient if you plan on unhitching several times through out your trip. The first step in towing in this manner is to insure that your car is designed to be towed with all four wheels on the ground. Not all makes and models of cars are capable of being towed in this manner. Some cars with transmissions are equipped with front wheel drive or automatic transmissions and these cars can be damaged by towing them with all four wheels on the ground. There are solutions to this problem, however, including kits that allow vehicles with four-wheel drive or automatic transmission cars to be towed without harming them. There are also transmission lubrication systems that will keep the transmission lubricated while towing. Other devices include lockout devices that will allow the cars wheels to move freely. There are also transmission uncouplers that will allow your wheels to disconnect from the drive shaft and wheel freely. Rear-wheel drive vehicles work well with the uncouplers and all you have to do is move a lever to disconnect and reconnect.

The next step in towing your vehicle is to take it to a professional hitch-shop. They will rewire your lights so that they will work with your RV lights. They will also attach a permanent base plate for the tow bar on the front of the car. If you choose not to rewire your car, you may purchase lights that attach to the car and the RV. You will also need to insure that your RV is suitable for towing your car. You will need to check your RV's brakes or have a product installed that will use both your RV's brakes and your car's brakes when you apply the RV brakes.

Hitching the car to the RV is simple. You will need to align your car's tow bar with the RV's hitch. This is generally a two-person job, but one person will be able to do it with a little practice. Once the car is hooked to the RV, you will need to turn the car key to allow the steering wheel to unlock. Unlocking the steering wheel will allow you car to turn and make corners behind the RV. The main disadvantage to towing with all four wheels on the ground is that you are unable to back-up without causing damage to the wheels on the car as they will lock up.

The next method of towing your car includes the use of a dolly. The advantages to the dolly are that you will not have to have any adjustments made to your car. Dollies will often have their own brakes as well, which will make towing easier on your RV. The hitching procedure is a little more difficult as the dolly must first be attached to the RV and the car has to be driven up on to the dolly. You then attach the wheels to the dolly and secure the car. You will also have to use a light bar with brake and taillights attached. Depending on your car, you may be able to have your lights synchronized with the RV instead of using the light bar. The main disadvantage to the dolly is that they add to the weight of your RV and can be awkward at campsites.

Towing a car on a trailer has advantages as well. The trailer itself will have brakes and you will have the ability to back-up. Enclosed trailers offer security and protection to your car as well. The disadvantage of a trailer is that campsites are not generally large enough to accommodate a large RV, trailer and car. The trailer will also add to the weight that your RV can carry.

Another option is to buy a car that is specifically made to be compatible with towing. Depending on your finances, you may or may not be able to accommodate this method. If you intend to RV full-time or part of the year, you may want to invest in a small car that has a transmission compatible with towing. The car should also be able to have a tow plate attached and the lights should be synchronized with your RV.

There are many advantages to being able to tow your car along. You will be able to go into town easier without having to break down your campsite and you will also be able to visit bigger and busier cities without having to navigate a large RV.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you are a business owner get listed at Best Travel Site, part of Localwin Network.
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