An Introduction to Towing with an RV
Towing a vehicle behind your motorhome can be a pleasant experience and allow you the flexibility to enjoy your lifestyle to its fullest. When it comes to seeing the sights, running to town for supplies or taking day trips, your towed vehicle will allow you a convenient option.
By putting a front wheel drive vehicle on a dolly you will not need a lube pump or other device to make the vehicle towable.
If braking is a concern, be sure to check if the manufacturer has this option available for immediate or possible future use.
There are three general types of tow bars available: (1) Self-Aligning Motorhome Mounted (Blue Ox Aventa II or Aladdin), (2) Self-Aligning Car Mounted (Blue Ox Acclaim) and (3) Rigid A-Frame (Blue Ox Ambassador). When choosing a tow bar, dolly or trailer be sure to check on the support that will be available as you travel across the country. Some smaller companies do not have the dealer network or ability to help you after the sale.
UNHOOKING & FOLDING FOR STORAGE FOR BX7322
1. Park vehicles in a straight line on level surface. Apply towing vehicle parking brake. Place towed vehicle in park or 1st gear for manual transmissions.
2. Remove safety cables and towed vehicle lighting.
3. Unpin drivers side leg from attachment tabs and repeat on the passenger side. Be careful not to drop the towbar on feet or legs. Replace pins and quick pins into respective holes on the towbar to store for the next use.
4. When unhooking in tight jams, put the vehicle in neutral. Turn the wheels all the way to one side, then all the way to the other and center.
There are some front wheel drive automatic transmission vehicles that can be towed without modification. Here are some examples: All Honda and Acura vehicles; All Saturn vehicles; 1995 and newer Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire with 4T40E transmission; 1997 and newer Chevrolet Malibu and Olds Cutlass with 4T40E transmission; 1999 and newer Pontiac Grand Am with 4T40E transmission. Also, some 4 wheel drive vehicles can be towed (both automatic and manual transmission). Refer to your vehicle's owners manual for specific instructions and limitations.
Towing Safety Checklist
During Hook Up:
Each time you stop, check the tow bar, base plate and cables to make sure they are still properly attached. Check the tires of the towed vehicle to make sure they are not going flat. If you are using a dolly or trailer, check the wheels to make sure they are not hot to the touch. If the wheels are hot, it may indicate a brake or bearing problem.
Each day before you start check the lights to make sure they are working properly.
Between trips clean the towbar and cables to keep them in good shape. Also, clean and lubricate the tow bar as recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions.
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