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


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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2 months ago

Ii have travel trailer the weight is #6000 empty, I had a chevy silverado k1500, with the 5.3L,it didn’t have a lot of power pulling in hills or mountains, I traded it in and bought the new Duramax 3.0L with a 10 speed trans, you can’t believe the power you have. This is a mule of a truck.

4 months ago

We had a very nice Honda CR-V, 2014, but it could not tow our 20′ camper with
Honda weight restrictions limited to 1400 lbs. So, we eventually traded it and got a Chevy Trail Blazer which seemingly doesn’t even know it is towing our 1800 lb camper. All is good, it worked out just fine.

Stephen P Talaga
8 months ago

I bought a Smart for 2. Tow it behind my VIEW. Weighs less than a ton, does not even feel like there is anything behind me being towed except going up long grades.

9 months ago

Always had a truck, but upgraded to pull the 5th wheel.

Tom Kuhn
10 months ago

We bought a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel, which was one year old with very low mileage to tow our 30 ft trailer. This is the best buy we ever made, towing our trailer with ease on level or mountain roads.

Eldon Peterson
1 year ago

We just bought a 2020 Chevrolet 3500 HD 4 wheel drive, gas powered. Being it’s a 1 ton the license plates will only be 120.00 a year. Cheaper than a hd 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Eldon Peterson

Where do live?

Michele Beckler
2 years ago

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 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

Norman Knight
2 years ago

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

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Norman Knight

The farther East you the worse it gets, I was an over the road truck driver and hated to go east on a load. Once East of Ohio the roads get narrow and very crowded. In the upper NE it’s nice. Once you get within 200 miles of New York City there are tolls everywhere you go, roads, bridges, and parking. As I said I hated the NE. Enjoy your trip if that’s your cup of tea.

D Haley
7 months ago
Reply to  Norman Knight

There is plenty on the east coast. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. White National Forest, Green Mountains and the beautiful coast of Maine. If your pulling a toad up to the top of Mount Washington. Though toads are in places narrow like that of Enland and Australia they are all do able. I live in Blakehurst suburb or Sydney for some years. Camped on following and Jarvis point several times and up in Queensland. Miss the Aussies. So see what I have mentioned and take in the lakes. Boondocking is there but not as open as the West. So far East Coast of Maine all the way to South Carolina has much to offer and see besides rock and dirt. Only say that as I lived Arizona for 5 years and New Mexico for 7. And did extensive camping and hunting in both. Enjoy your travels be safe.

2 years ago

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.

Diane Mc
2 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

John B
2 years ago
Reply to  Layne

Good luck on the Liberty. Had one, POS. We bought a 2018 Jeep Trailhawk V6, 9 speed trans. WOW!! A dream to hook up. Love JEEPS.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Layne

As John B said you have bought the worst Jeep made. It is a fiat rebranded as a Jeep. They are real POS.

2 years ago

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.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob

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.

Emery Leraand
2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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!!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

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.

2 years ago

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.