Saturday, September 25, 2021


Ten most popular vehicles towed behind motorhomes

By Chuck Woodbury
With so many towed vehicle options, it helps to know what other RVers are choosing. Picking the right vehicle for your needs can be the difference between an “okay” trip and a great one. The customers of recently told the company their towed vehicle model, which the company then put into a top ten list based on popularity.

It turned out that my “towed vehicle,” a Honda Fit (manual transmission) comes in tenth on the popularity list. Various models of Jeeps were the most popular overall.

Here are the most popular, in order:

• Jeep Wrangler
• Honda CR-V
• Jeep Grand Cherokee
• Jeep Cherokee
• Chevy Equinox
• Chevy Colorado
• Jeep Liberty
• Ford F-150
• Ford Edge
• Honda Fit

The unknowns of towing a car or other vehicle behind your RV and getting the right gear for the adventure can be daunting. RVibrake provides information here about flat towing, plus videos, that will answer some of your concerns and help you choose what’s right for you.

Please leave a comment about your towed vehicle and why you chose it.



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Judy Castle
3 months ago

We flat tow a 2017 Ford Fiesta. Never know it is there.

Rowena T Lucian
5 months ago

Our list of flat tow vehicles over the years is long, including an Isuzu trooper and Dodge Dakota p/u, our faves have been our Honda CR-Vs, a ’98, an ’05 and now a 2013. If you need AWD or 4×4 capability (we like beach driving and goat paths) then the CR-V is it. Lighter weight, good gas mileage and the least towing restrictions.

Roger Wies
7 months ago

Electrical the plugs seem to turn brown. They work but seem to blow the breaker. Any ideas? Changed outlet 10 monthes ago. Plug in heater for 110. Now part of plug top or bottom turns brown. Help is it still safe to use?

Julie Winkelman
7 months ago

1998 Tracker with a roof rack, halogen off road lights, a 3″ lift package, aggressive off road tires and a sticker that says “Red Hot Toad”. Love the little booger. Goes anywhere and everywhere, light to tow and inexpensive to maintain. Parts are getting harder to find but I take especially good care of it.

7 months ago

We tow our 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4×4 crew cab behind our Newmar mountain aire 4347 DP. It weighs about 5800 lbs. We use a Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar rated at 8000 lbs. When I’m driving the motorhome I cant even tell it’s back there. It tows beautifully and I have zero issues with it. We also use the RVi brake system in the towed vehicle.

Maurice Benazeraf
11 months ago

Mine is a Honda Fit 2013 Automatic transmission. I flat tow my Fit. The 2013 Fit automatic is the only year they made it to be flat towed. There is a 3 minutes prep to start towing and you’re good for about 600 miles, after that well…another 3 minutes.
Honda Fit 2013 owner’s manual page 159.

Mark O.
7 months ago

ANY Honda Fit automatic can be flat towed by following the procedure in the manual. That is until they switched over to the CVT transmission which I believe was in 2014. Then it has to be towed on a dolly. All the manual tranny models have no issues at all.

11 months ago

‘17 Honda HRV, 6spd manual trans, economical, relatively light and enough capacity..

Joan Richardson
11 months ago

I tow my 2009 Smart car on a lightweight aluminum trailer. Works great. Very light.

Larry Hayes
1 year ago

I dingy tow a 2009 smart car. Perfect tow vehicle. Only weighs 1800 pounds

rick kanatzar
1 year ago

we have flat towed a 2009 and a 2018 jeep grand cherokee. both are great cars and easy to tow. however, they tip the scales at 4500 lbs. ,which is close to max for most hitches, let alone the gcvw. now we have a 2012 chev colorado- although we did install a remco drive line, even tho the colorado is a manual transmission. remco can make a drive line for almost any vehicle. i have a few friends that have used the remco driveline for many miles with no issues.

Kenneth Fuller
1 year ago

We flat tow a 2006 Jeep Wrangler 4WD with automatic transmission. My wife doesn’t drive a standard, so we gave the Jeep Wrangler a chance. Soooo easy to pull. No pumps needed for transmission lubrication, no stopping to run through gears, no dead batteries, no fuses to pull, no limited speed for towing. Just put the transfer case in neutral while leaving the gear shifter in PARK, turn ignition key to unlock steering wheel, hook up and pull. Tracks like a dream.

Diane Mc
1 year ago

Flat tow a Mini Cooper S. We also have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that we have towed once. We were going from CA to FL for our annual trip in Jan/Feb/Mar and then dropping off motorhome at Newmar for upgrades that would take 3 to 4 month. We didn’t want to drive back from Nappanee in the Cooper. Not enough room and too little for a 5000 mile round trip! Wise decision.

Dave R
1 year ago

We tow a 2015 Kia Soul with a standard transmission. It weighs 2,800 lbs and you just put it into neutral with the key to the off position. Soul’s have a lot of room inside and sit up higher so they are easy to get in and out of unlike some other smaller vehicles. Most of the vehicles on the list are much too heavy for my Sprinter based Isata 3 to tow.

Tom Smythe
1 year ago

We pull our Yukon XL 4WD just fine. Makes for a really comfortable daily driver, very safe for anyone in the vehicle, and can go lots of places off-road. Plus, if we need extra cargo space, it serves nicely as an added “garage”.

Ray Evans
1 year ago

We flat tow our automatic 2014 Ford Fiesta. It’s so light that we don’t know it’s back there. We do not have or need an auxiliary braking system (I realize they are required in certain states). The only drawback is the back seat is a bit cozy for 2 adults!

Vern James
1 year ago

We have a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick with 4WD that we tow behind our 1998 Safari Trek. It’s been a perfect companion to take on our RV adventures. It can go just about anywhere and is very easy to flat tow.

1 year ago

We flat tow a 2012 Cadillac SRX with auto transmission, which we upgraded to from a 1998 Saturn SL2. We chose it because it was designed to be towed with the simple push of a button (located under the shift boot). We upgraded because, as we get older, we want more comfort. The Saturn is a low slung car and getting more difficult to exit. The SRX, up to 2016, can be flat towed and we get about 22 mpg versus 30 for the Saturn.

Dean Yoesting
1 year ago

My first toad was a stick shift, 2003 Ford focus. It was a great car. Just put it in neutral and off we went. Our second toad was a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid. We traded because my wife no longer wanted a stick. The Hybrid was a great car for towing and we towed it for over 60,000 miles. We have sold the RV, but still own the hybrid. We liked it because it was easy to hook up, put it in Neutral and put the key in the ignition and turned the key one notch to release the steering wheel. That was it. Great car, easy to set up and easy to tow.

Ron L
1 year ago

We previously towed a 2011 GMC Terrain (sister to the Chevy Equinox) and it was an excellent toad. We now have a 3-row GMC Acadia that is only slightly larger overall but has much more room inside, twice the horsepower (with almost the same mpg) and is 10 times more comfortable. To tow, I just put the trans in neutral (via a special button) and go. So for those like Sobokea below looking for a replacement for the Grand Cherokee, check out the Acadia (2019 and below).

J Conner
1 year ago

I tow a 2016 chev Malibu lt in neutral that’s it to and from Arizona no problem no fuse pulling.
I wanted to tow my 2015 Honda Crv but Honda changed the transmission Blah!

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