Did you buy a special vehicle to tow your RV or to tow behind it?

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Did you buy a special vehicle to tow your towable RV? Or did you buy a special vehicle (a dinghy) to tow behind your motorhome or truck camper?

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38 COMMENTS

  1. We bought a Ford F-150 to tow our travel trailer. After selling the trailer and getting a 31′ motor home we bought a Jeep Wrangler Sahara to tow behind the motor home. BTW, I get to drive the jeep everyday and I think I lucked out pretty good on this deal!!!

  2. I bought a Kenworth cab over to be able to load three that is three atv , and pull my 32 foot camper. The cost of a toy hauler was twice (2X) as much. The saving will off set the fuel!

  3. We flat tow a 1998 Saturn w/auto tranny, weighs 2500 lbs. Just purchased a 2012 Cadillac SRX to flat tow. Still have to set it up to tow & it weighs 4500 lbs so that part I’m not looking forward to. I am looking forward to more comfort and room as we get older though.

  4. We have a 2018 Freedom Elite 26HE and tow a 2016 Chevy Sonic LTZ hatchback. The Sonic was purchased specifically as a toad and is large enough for our golden retriever. Camping World installed the towing package which is integrated behind the front bumper. The Sonic is practical and fun to drive and one of cheapest cars out there. It is has a super charger and has plenty of power.

  5. It is always amusing to me when I read and see the American version of mobiles. We Australian and have done two trips to North America. First 5 weeks Canada and 3 weeks Alaska. Second was 90 days (limited by our visa) of almost all National Parks in western USA. On both trips we hired a 25′ gas guzzling motorhome from Cruise America.
    In Australia we have a 17.5′ full off road caravan towed by a 2.8lt turbo diesel Holden Colorado.
    The motorhome returned approx. 11gallons per 100 miles.
    The Colorado towing returns 13.5 ltrs per 100km or 3.56gal per 62miles. Yes we do do long trips in this size van doing Australia for a 7mths trip from May this year.
    Back to the states in 2020 to hire Motorhome for 3 mths to do Eastern USA (if we can find anything interesting to do as we were spoilt by the NP in the west)
    Side note Bryce Canyon was up amongst the top 5 five sights that we have seen, followed by (not in order Puerto Marino Glacier, Iguazzi Falls, animals of Masai Mara, waterfall in Luang Prabang and the rapidly diminishing bison of Yellowstone, Cutler State Pk and Antelope Island.

    To the editor, not sure if I have answered question but cut and paste if needed.

    You can contact us if you want any articles on our travels through the States and Canada

  6. We bought a 2001 Sportsman Ultralite 5th wheel. We had a 78 c20 single cab but needed more room for the cat and dog. So we bought a 92 cheve 1500 extended cab with 305 V8 it did ok on the flat but wasn’t good on hills. So we bought a 2007 cheve 2500 HD crew cab with the 6.6 turbo diesel with the Allison transmission and now we don’t have any trouble pulling it on any hill and plenty of room for the dog and cat.

  7. We towed a Suzuki Sidekick for a year. Then purchased a 2002 Mini Cooper S 6 speed which can be flat towed behind our 2002 Newmar Dutchstar. Fun car. In 2017 we were taking our MH, from California, to the factory in Indiana (via Flroida on way out) for an upgrade so would be driving tow vehicle home and then back to pick up coach. We put a tow package on our Jeep Grand Cherokee along with a Brake Buddy. Easier to tow the Cooper. So we are taking it when we leave for Florida tomorrow morning!

  8. I had one (used) suburban for about 12 years. I knew I wanted to eventually have an RV (bumper pull) so when it died (at 25 years) I bought another (used) one. I was camping in them before I bought the TT and they hauled a lot of home DIY supplies.

  9. We purchased a used 2004 Liberty to tow behind. Love it. However, it’s getting well used. We purchased a 2015 Jeep Cherokee to replace it – eventually – but it required a special tow package install to keep it from swaying behind the RV and we need to remove a fuse. I’m hoping the Liberty lasts a good long time – it’s a no-fuss toad.

  10. Didn’t buy a truck, but bought a special hitch called the Automated Safety Hitch that attaches to the back of a truck or van or suburban or a service truck that allows you to tow a fiver without having to have a hitch in the back of your truck. Just google the name and it pulls up their web site. Greatest thing since pockets on a shirt!!!! And no, I am not affiliated with them, just a very satisfied customer.

    • Rob, I’ve looked at these before. We tow a travel trailer but if we ever wanted to switch to a 5’er this is the way we’d go. Wouldn’t have to give up all the space we have in our pickup bed. Nice to hear from a real owner.

  11. We “sort of” bought a truck as a toad. A close friend is restoring the cab and box from a 1957 GMC pick-up to install on a 1998 Chev S10 chassis. Have had the Chev since new and it has only 82,000 km on it. It should be an interesting combo with our 60 year old MCI bus conversion.

  12. I told my husband to upgrade our truck. We used a 2015 Silverado 1500 Z71 last year. It did okay, but did have some issues on steeper grades. We just traded it in for a 2018 Silverado 2500 HD diesel.

    We are looking forward to getting on the road this Friday to see the difference in pulling our 30’ Coachman to AZ.

  13. I was directed by my spouse to upgrade our TV when we bought our new fifth wheel. Old truck had part-time A/C. I felt honored to be “ordered” or given “permission” to buy a new truck. We traded a 1999 F350 7.3 diesel Crew SRW 4×4 and got a 2012 F350 6.7 diesel crew DRW 4×4. New truck only had 45k miles when purchased. Happy wife, Happy life!!

    • Found myself in the same position, Kevin. Wifey “told” me it was time to give up on my beloved 1997 F-350 crew cab long wheelbase, long utility bed 4×4 7.3. So we went on the hunt at Carmax, found a 2016 F-350 Crew Cab long wheelbase, long bed 4×4 6.7 diesel with 8k miles on it. Had it shipped from Texas to Reno. It took a while for me to switch my ‘love’ from the old faithful that we had for 20 years to the new truck, but now I absolutely LOVE the new one. That’s right – happy wife, happy life. Ha.

  14. I have driven Ford Explorers for years, since they came out, for two purposes. One, I can tow it behind my motorhome and secondly because it has 4 wheel drive, I don’t have to put on chains in the winter.

  15. We decided not to tow at all. Instead we rent a car when we are camping if we need to get around – like last summer we camped in Flagstaff then rented a car to go to the Grand Canyon

  16. Got the truck I wanted before deciding what 5th wheel to buy so I could pull whatever rig I bought. Got a Ford F-350 dually 7.3 diesel w/engine brake and 6-speed manual transmission. They are difficult to find but can tow just about anything.

  17. Technically we bought the 1 ton diesel before the 5er. We knew we would be upgrading from a light TT and the truck would have to be the first purchase. We had the truck a full year before the 5er and I will admit it was fun pulling a light 5000 lb TT with it.

  18. I had to buy a tow dolly for my car. I tow it behind my Motorhome. Later on, I will buy a small truck to tow four down.

  19. We had to upgrade our truck to tow our 35′, 10k.travel trailer. Our previous truck, a ’98 Ram Cummins 2wd with 276,000 miles on it, didn’t have the power to pull the trailer through any kind of mountains and I WON’T intentionally break my truck. So we bought a ’15 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4wd with over 21k gcwr. As much as I loved my ’98, this ’15 is absolutely fantastic. And barring a major accident or it getting stolen, this will be my last truck.

    • When I bought my 35′ trailer from Camping World (Hi, Marcus!), the sales manager insisted that my 20 year old K1500 Suburban (7500lb tow rating, I think?) could safely tow my new trailer (10,000lbs before loading, maybe 12K after?). Yep, my bad for thinking a professional nationwide trailer seller might know what they were doing.

      I did in fact tow this trailer a single loop through the Northeast with that K1500… it was slugging but I could chug minor hills in 1st gear, and the trailer has electric brakes, so “totally acceptable safety” (I’m SO SO morbidly kidding there… don’t do this). After 800 miles in this setup, my truck brakes had blown their lines, calipers were seized and destroyed, general MESS. So, right on the tail of purchasing a trailer, I had to purchase an unplanned new TRUCK at twice the MSRP (not even my) cost of the cheap travel trailer. I really DO think the Camping World staff created a serious danger KNOWINGLY selling their customer an incompatible trailer, and NO DOUBT I would have been suing them had anything happened. Yes, I think customers should educate themselves on trailer towing safety (thanks RVT!), but I don’t think trailer dealers should get a free pass when customers DO rely on their expertise.

      I too got a RAM 2500HD which actually DOES have the tow rating (engine power and brakes, but I think MOST importantly the truck/trailer weight ratio for this trailer to follow the truck through turns instead of trying to throw the truck around like a toy). It’s a night and day difference in safety and “squirreliness.”

      • Camping World should be avoided at all costs. They are horrible!!! I read the reviews that were very bad about CW and ended up buying from them anyway, what a huge mistake, they are crooks and liars!

  20. We found both our RV and toad on Craigslist, The Class C was a 2004 Fleetwood Tioga XL with a verified 10,000 miles on it (purchased Sept 2017). Searched long and hard for a 4WD Tracker with automatic transmission, which we finally found in July 2018. It was an 03 Chevy Tracker which had 128,000 miles, one original owner, a high end aluminum tow bar, unblemished fabric interior and shiny original paint. I was gone 1 hour to get the cash. In that time, the seller had ten more calls. Lessons learned: Know what you want. Search diligently every day. Make decisions quickly.

  21. Purchased our used motor home in 2010 and also found a used 2002 Honda CRV to tow which is what I like since it could be towed flat footed with auto trans and it is AWD. It had 80K on it and now has 229K so I think we got our money’s worth! 49 states & Wash DC, 9 Canadian provinces so far and counting.

  22. We towed our 24 foot travel trailer with our Chevy Tahoe. When we upgraded to a 26 ft TT we also upgraded to a new 2011 Ford F-150 4×4 with the 6.2 L V8, with the tow package and every heavy duty option available and low ratio rear end. With this combination the truck pulls our RV with ease. Have 85,000 miles on the truck and 70 percent of that is pulling our RV our boat. I wish Ford still offered the 6.2 in the F150. That engine is a work horse in the F150 size truck , with excellent engine breaking on steep down hill grades of 7 to 10 percent with little or no foot braking and plenty of power to pull up those same grades.

  23. We just purchased a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee to tow behind our “new” (new to us only) 2004 American Tradition 40′ Class “A”! Coach is in great condition and we got a fantastic deal! Always wanted a Class A but the new ones are too expensive and seem to have lots of problems! Sold our 2017 Montana 5th wheel and just about paid for the Class A! We will be leaving Alaska in April for a 3 month trip “outside” too visit friends and family across the lower 48. Will know by the time we get back if we made a good decision! The new (to us) coach should be wonderful pulling our toys around Alaska too!

  24. We bought a ‘17 Equinox to flat tow behind our motorhome as my wife didn’t like the idea of dolly towing our KIA Soul. We definitely miss the maneuvering capability of the Kia, the difference between driving a small boat compared to a cabin cruiser.

  25. Our pickup trucks have always been our tow vehicles, so the two times we upgraded it was with towing in mind. All our pickups have been previously ‘loved’. We just look and look until the perfect upgrade shows up. Our last purchase was made through Carmax, which made searching easy.

  26. We bought a travel trailer and used it as a reason to upgrade our aging Nissan Armada to a Chevy Silverado

    • I have a Winnebago View 2009 and would like to buy a Jeep Wrangler Sport as a toad, but worry it is a bit too heavy (about 3800#) . You don’t say what model Winnebago you have–but hoping it is a View.

  27. We bought a 2010 F-150 with a 5.4L in anticipation of our upcoming TT purchase. When we took our first big trip from AL. to ME. in 2015, we figured out that it was just enough, but not enough. In late 2015 we purchased the F-250 with the 6.7L diesel and it’s absolutely incredible. We spent, but we’ve got the right tool for the job now. All of our “little” trips are easy. Our trip from AL. to Newfoundland this past year went without a hitch. This truck is a draft horse that begs for more!

  28. When it became tine to purchase a vehicle for my wife we made sure it fit all our needs, especially being able to be flat towed…

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