Congratulations - you’ve made the decision to become an RV owner! You will soon be joining countless other explorers as you take on road trips and camping excursions across our beautiful province. Before you start planning your first big adventure, you’ll need to consider important choices like which type of RV is right for you and how you’re going to tow it. To help simplify things for you, our Get-Away RV team has put together this handy guide on the basics of towing a fifth-wheel, toy hauler, travel trailer or motorhome. Let’s take a look at your options!
Fifth-wheel trailers have a very distinct look with the front section protruding out over a truck bed, and they often feature a layout that creates a lot of room for passengers to comfortably use the space. Due to this shape, towing a fifth-wheel requires a pickup truck and a specific type of hitch (known as a fifth-wheel hitch!) that connects to the truck bed. You’ll be towing a lot of weight with a fifth-wheel, so it’s preferable to have a fairly heavy-duty pickup truck with a longer (minimum 6-ft) truck bed. Favourite pickups for towing a fifth-wheel tend to be a RAM 2500 or 3500, Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2500, or Toyota Tundra with a heavy-duty towing package.
A toy hauler is a crossover between a trailer with functional living space and a storage area for toys, such as snowmobiles or ATVs. When you look through the specifications for a toy hauler, you’ll want to take note of two important figures: “UVW,” which is the weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory; and “GVWR,” which is the maximum amount of weight the unit can handle when its fully loaded. Due to the fact that toy haulers can increase in weight quickly when you’re adding trailer components and toys, you’ll want to consider how the GVWR will work with your vehicle. Even with the added weight, most trucks and heavy duty SUVs are more than capable of towing a toy hauler, so long as they have a standard trailer hitch, good tires and a solid braking system.
Towing a travel trailer is similar to a toy hauler in that they can be towed by a variety of vehicles that feature an adequate trailer hitch. One benefit of trailers and campers is that many manufacturers, such as Aliner Ascape, Alto Safari Condo, Helio and Apex Ultra Lite are focusing on making these RVs more lightweight than ever. Many trailers can even be towed by a car or crossover that can handle up to 1500lbs of towing capacity, though vehicles with a more powerful engine will have an easier time. You can find a travel trailer in just about any size or style to fit your needs, but you will need to consider your vehicle’s towing capacity and the overall weight of the trailer to make sure they are compatible. Trailers are perfect for everyone from casual weekend campers to cross-country travel enthusiasts! Get-Away RV often has over 100 travel trailers in stock and our experienced staff can help you find the perfect one for your lifestyle and vehicle.
Motorhomes are unique in that they feature functional living quarters and a vehicle engine, so there is no need to tow a motorhome! However, motorhomes can tow other vehicles, such as cars, boats or bikes. This can be particularly helpful if you get to a destination where you want to park your motorhome but still need a vehicle that you can use to explore the area or run errands. Most motorhomes are already equipped with powerful engines, durable tires and heavy duty brakes, so they can typically tow a decent amount of weight as long as they have a trailer hitch attached to the rear.
Now that you’ve got the basics on how to tow any type of RV, you can start browsing RV brands to decide which fifth wheel, toy hauler, travel trailer or motorhome is right for you! Get-Away RV only stocks the most reliable and trustworthy RV brands, and our team is happy to walk you through the features of each model to help you decide on the perfect RV. Schedule an appointment to visit our Abbotsford, BC dealership - we’ll have you hitched up and ready to hit the open road in no time!