So you want to tow your car behind your motorhome? It sounds simple, seems to makes a lot of sense and we see a lot of people doing it. But long before you make that first trip with your trusty car or truck in tow, there’s a lot to consider.
It’s not really a complex or difficult thing to do, but before you go out and buy that sweet tow bar you’ve been reading about on the internet, you’ve got to understand your situation. Every situation is different and it’s important that you understand yours.
Just to be clear, I am not a mechanic. I am a motorhome owner appreciates quality and reliability and will always choose those attributes over price. So when it comes to critical systems, like tow systems, I’ll engage the services of a qualified and reputable professional. Many of you will want to do the same. A professional installer or “hitch shop” can help you work your way through the maze of options and help you meet your individual towing needs.
I tow a mid-size crossover SUV behind a 40′ Class A diesel pusher with 450 horsepower and a hitch rated at 15,000 lbs. Your situation is going to be different, so do your home work. I started by reading Motorhome Magazines “Dinghy Towing Guide.” http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/.
Some vehicles can be towed on all fours and some can’t. You really need to do your research here because tow-ability can vary widely between manufacturers and even between model years. Even if you’ve heard a vehicle can be flat towed, you’d be wise to do some up-to-date research. Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a manufacturer and model, it’s a good idea to get the owners manual specific to your vehicle and find the section that describes towing. Make sure you understand the specific requirements of your car.
We purchased a Lincoln MKX as our tow car because we wanted a late model AWD SUV and heard a lot of good things about this model, and we were able to confirm its ability to be flat towed.
The Lincoln MKX is one of a number of the new technology cars that is appropriate for towing. Again, not all cars are, especially some of the newer cars with electronically controlled transmissions. The one limitation with the MKX is it’s 65 mph maximum tow speed. I just don’t see this as a problem as I have no plans on moving a 50,000 lb motorhome down the road any faster than 65 mph!
The process for getting our MKX ready to be towed was pretty simple. Because we chose to take delivery of our motorhome at the factory in Nappanee, Indiana, we choose to have the towing system installed in nearby Elkhart, Indiana.
The process for our system involved removing the front clip (that’s the entire front end of the car) and attaching a bracket behind the grill. As you can see by the photo, it ‘s not pretty sight and I recommend it’s not something most of you (I love seeing things disassembled, especially if someone else is putting it back together) will want to see, but the finished product is really worth it.
MKX Disassembled at Hitch Shop
The entire apparatus goes largely unnoticed when not in use due to the well designed bracket and connection system from Blue Ox. Those 2 pins you see sticking out of the front of the car are removable, so when you want to sport about town, you simple pull them off.