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Old 09-23-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Hi all,

The wife wants to tow a car with our Leisure van. I would like to know if any one has done so with a class B rv. Also what kind of pro and cons of doing so. Do you have any stories about towing something and what it was.

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Old 09-23-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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Roadtrek Yahoo Group member kipper10000 tows a Toyota Corolla with his 2004 Roadtrek 190P (Chevrolet van).



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I don't know much about towing. His Corolla is manual transmission.
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I remember it because I had a 2004 Roadtrek 190P and a Toyota Corolla! I thought it was a good idea
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Jim, towing a small vehicle behind a class B is possible as long as you don't exceed the weight limit imposed by the MH manufacturer, and you utilize one of the various braking systems on the market. I have had good experience with a "Brake Buddy".
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Not sure what type of Class B you have but as stated check the tow rating of your van. I called Pleasure Way and enquired about tow ratings and they were very helpful. I told them the year and model and they knew the weight of the model and what the van could tow. They explained the gearing for my van and gave me a safe rating. I can tow a small car with my Pleasure Way.

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Old 04-04-2013, 11:46 PM   #6
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What comes around goes around ...

This thread is rather topical for me now. I bought my Class B originally because I didn't want to tow a car around and I want to be more stealthy than a larger RV since I boondock all the time.

BUT ... recently my daughter purchased a condo in Florida which now gives me an opportunity to go to Florida periodically and stay for a month or two during the winter. While there I want to be able to take the RV out once in awhile and explore other areas and be gone possible for several days at a time ... or longer?? Problem is the the condo doesn't allow RV's to park in their lot. I am trying to see if they would consider the Class B Sprinter van acceptable. Hopefully I'll know by June.

In the meantime I do have a place nearby where I could park the RV but that would leave me without an everyday car. I have a 2005 Toyota Echo hatchback with 5-speed manual transmission that I could tow. It weighs 1000 KG or 2200 pounds. My Winnebago ERA has a factory installed tow hitch with a towing capacity of 5000 pounds. I have looked at a BLUE OX towing system with a tow bar and baseplate for the Echo and the assorted cables etc. PLUS the Patriot supplemental braking system. NOT CHEAP to say the least.

QUESTION:

Is there anyone else that has started to tow a vehicle with their Class B RV other than the one listed here and if so what kind of setup/system do you use.

Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

The ideal solution for me would be if the condo cooperation allowed me to park the Sprinter in the lot. I would have to use a VISITOR spot because the spots for tenants are covered and wouldn't be high enough. But I wouldn't have to tow the car down. I suppose I could rent as well but that would start getting a little pricy after awhile.

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I've towed my car with a Class C not a Class B and still have all the necessary parts. I kept them after selling the Class C because I thought I might tow the car occasionally with my campervan but it looks more and more unlikely that I would ever need to.

My stuff:
1. Roadmaster Base Plate for my car (Ford Escape)
2. RoadMaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar http://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Roadmaster/RM-522.html
3. Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Towing Combo Kit with Straight Wiring http://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and ... 241-2.html
4. Roadmaster Even Brake portable, proportional towed vehicle braking system http://roadmasterinc.com/products/braki ... brake.html
5. Protect-a-Tow to protect the tow vehicle from flying debris, stones, mud, etc. http://protectatow.tripod.com/

Etrailer had the best pricing when I looked into it. http://www.etrailer.com/
RVUpgrades came in a close second http://www.rvupgradestore.com/

I actually ordered the parts 1, 2 & 3 from Etrailer but picked up the parts from a Roadmaster warehouse.
The Roadmaster Even Brake came from Camping World.
The Protect-a-Tow was ordered direct from the website

It all worked as advertised. The portable vehicle braking system is a minor inconvenience because you have to remove it when you want to drive the car. It wasn't hard to setup though.

I did the entire installation myself. Even with that and shopping around for the best parts prices it was still very costly. I'd guess it was around $3,000 all in.
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There was a very interesting discussion, I think on RV.net a few years ago, about towing with Bs and in particular about transmissions in the cars. I had always heard that towing manual transmissions was OK without a driveshaft disconnect or wheels up, but there seems to be a lot of info that says otherwise, based on the design of the transmission. Same with the automatics, but most need to disconnected. I found it all very interesting. I will try to find a link.

Found the thread

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea ... page/1.cfm

It switches from interiors to towing near the end of the first page.
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That's a good point to make. Usually there will be a section in the car owner manual about towing the car. Some cars can't be flat towed and instead need to be on a dolly or even a trailer. The 2009 Ford Escape we have is an automatic but can be towed with all four wheels on the ground. We towed it approx 4,000 miles in total so far with no problems.

I did exactly as the Ford Escape Owner Manual instructed:

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Note: If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, follow these instructions:
• Tow only in the forward direction.
• Release the parking brake.
• Place the transmission shift lever in (N) Neutral.
• Place the ignition to the accessory position (refer to Starting in the Driving chapter).
• Do not exceed 70 mph (113 km/h) with manual transmission vehicles and 65 mph (105 km/h) for automatic transmission vehicles.
• Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and at each fuel stop.
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How heavy and expensive would a short flat bed trailer be? Might be easier to pull a small trailer with an electric braking system, than add all the stuff required to flat tow the same vehicle, if the GCVWR isn't exceeded. You might need to add a trailer brake controller to your TV for a few hundred bucks. Maybe another few hundred for a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Of course, the trailer itself will cost a few bucks too, so maybe it's cheaper to go the other route. Maybe a rental place like U-Haul has used utility/car haulers?
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