An essential ingredient in safely
flat-towing your vehicle behind
your RV involves a properly
designed and installed
mechanical link between the
motorhome and the towed
vehicle. Hitch receivers, tow
and baseplates must all be in
good working order, rated for
the weight you intend to pull
designed for the specific
Check the rating of your hitch receiver to ensure that it is rated for the heaviest load you intend to pull. If a receiver is already installed on your coach then the weight limits and class will be visible on the receiver. The riding height of a motorhome rarely matches up with that of the chosen towed vehicle (or “Dinghy”), which can necessitate the use of a drop receiver to allow the tow bar to ride level.
Hitchsource has tow bars from the highest quality manufacturers including Blue Ox, Roadmast er, Demco a> and N.S.A. Ready Brute. Tow bars are available in two basic styles: A- frame or self-aligning. Self-aligning tow bars are available in two styles: dinghy- mounted and coach-mounted. Coach-mounted units are the most desirable as there is less chance of damage when not in use and hitching is a simple, one-person operation. These tow bars can typically be folded up and locked to the vehicle when not in use. Hitchsource.com recommends a cover or bag (also available with each manufacturer) to keep the bar safe from nature’s elements.
A-frame tow bars (offered as
“solid” or “folding”) are
designed to fit a limited number
of baseplates (the mounting
brackets affixed to the front of
dinghy – see below) or specific
applications; however, the
folding design will fit a wider
range than the solid design.
These types of tow bars are
strong, but heavy and require
storage space when not in use
they will not fold up behind the
RV in the receiver. Hitching is
easier with a helper to guide
Baseplates are perhaps the most critical variable in this linkage. While tow bars and hitch receivers are intended for a variety of vehicles within a certain weight range, most baseplates are designed to fit specific vehicle models and years.
Installing a baseplate typically
entails very specific procedures.
On some vehicles the bumper
covering (fascia) must be
temporarily removed. Some
minor drilling may be required
and the bumper covering
grill may also require some
trimming. Today’s baseplates
a good job of blending into the
exterior lines of the dinghy
vehicle and when not in use are
Remember too, that all 50
states require properly rated
chains or cables to keep the
dinghy from separating from
motorhome if the tow bar or
fails. Safety chains or cables
should be connected securely to
the dinghy and crossed under
tow bar and then secured to the
hitch receiver. They should be
long enough to allow full
without binding, but not drag
User our easy selectors to find the right Blue Ox, Roadmaster or Demco baseplate for your specific vehicle or give us a call at (866) 305-8309.
Dingy towing laws are getting stricter every year. Hitchsource has numerous solutions to keep you compliant. Top selling portable braking systems sit on the floor under the steering wheel and install within minutes. Hitchsource carries Blue Ox Patriot, RVI Brake and Roadmaster EvenBrake. Permanent or hidden braking systems can be vacuum assisted or electrical. Installations are more involved, however once installed, you are always ready to tow your vehicle. Hitchsource carries top of the line permanent braking systems including the SMI AirForce One and the Roadmaster InvisiBrake.
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