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Towing a Car Behind a Motor Home or Recreational Vehicle (RV); Flatbed or Enclosed Trailer in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

You may have just obtained your first motor home and are planning a long camping trip. You may even decide to travel across the great USA on a long vacation, or undergo a long distance move. If so, you will find yourself in the position where you will want to tow your vehicle behind your motor home. If this is your first time towing a vehicle behind your motor home, there are three ways you can accomplish the task. Affordable Junk Cars & Towing will cover those different ways and see which one is right for you.
 

Department of Transportation (DOT) Towing Regulations & Requirements

The first thing to consider is the requirements of each Department of Transportation (DOT) in the states in which you will be traveling. In most states, trailers or other towed items weighing over 1500 pounds must have brakes. Many state officers will waive this issue as long as a tow bar is being used. That is why it is a smart idea to check when preparing to travel with an extra vehicle in tow.
 

First Method of Towing a Car Behind a Motor Home; Flatbed or Enclosed Trailer

The first method of choice is to use a flatbed or enclosed trailer. These trailers can support your second vehicle completely. Trailers also connect directly to your motor home’s electrical system and will have its own braking light system. Flatbed or enclosed trailers that have a working brake light system is legal in most states, making them very convenient for long distance traveling. Another perk to using a trailer is that you are not putting extra miles on your second vehicle. Of course the down side is that your motor home will be pulling extra weight, in a sense making the motor home work extra hard and put on more mileage.
 

Use a Tow Bar to Tow a Car Behind an RV

Probably one of the most common ways to tow a vehicle is using a tow bar. You can wire the brake system from the motor home directly into your vehicle. Make sure you check each State’s regulations because some don’t allow the use of tow bars. Many like to use the tow bars because they pull along much smoother than a trailer and help the motor home work far less. Many people also like how the tow bars can collapse and fold making them far easier to store when not in use. One big drawback though, is that you cannot back up the motor home while having a vehicle attached. You will need to disconnect your towing vehicle if you need to reverse.
 

RV Car Towing Equipment; Tow Dolly

Another option of towing a vehicle behind a motor home is to use a tow dolly. Tow dollies are ideal for front wheel drive automatic vehicles. You place the front wheels of the vehicle and the rear tires roll along the road. Tow dollies can have surge brakes, or electronic brakes, making them usable in many states. Like a tow bar, you will find it impossible to back up, however they also have the benefit of not adding mileage to the towing vehicle, assuming the axle is on the dolly.
 

Flat Bed & Wheel Lift Towing in Wellington, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Loxahatchee & West Palm Beach, Florida

For many people who have never had to tow a vehicle, planning a long distance trip with your second vehicle in tow can be a little overwhelming. Make sure you do your homework before you head out on that trip. For any other towing needs, Affordable Junk Cars & Towing is here to help you. We wish you the best of luck on future travels. Contact us for all your towing and roadside assistance needs.

Emergency Car Kit Essentials & Must Have Accessories; What Are Good Things to Keep in Your Car in the Event of a Breakdown

There’s nothing worse than driving along the highway when all of a sudden your car slows to a stop or you get a flat tire. With the help of mobile phones, car breakdowns are more of an inconvenience rather than a real danger. You can be taken out of the situation in a matter of a couple of hours with a call for roadside assistance. The only problem is that cell service is not always reliable and technology can let us down, so it’s a good idea to have some items in your car at all times.
 

Cool Things to Have in Your Car

1. Spare tire, tire iron and carjack. New cars already have these but you need to know how to use them. Know how to change a tire as flat tires are the biggest reasons for breakdowns and it can be dangerous if you aren’t sure how to do it.
2. Jumper cables. Many car owners have them in their cars but have no idea how to use them. Make sure you learn how to use them as incorrect use can cause damage.
3. Sleeping bag or a blanket. Nights can cool off and in the winter and you will be glad to have one of these items to stay warm as you wait for help to arrive.
4. Have a charger in your car for your cell phone. A charged phone is the best way to get out of a roadside breakdown and being able to call for help is reassuring. Having a portable charger that is charged is even better should you have a dead battery.
5. Drinking water. Staying hydrated is just as important as staying warm so keep extra water in your car.
6. Emergency lighting. Breakdowns are going to happen at all times of the day. Having reflectors or road flares will keep you safe and visible to oncoming traffic as you wait for help. Have a flashlight with extra batteries too. You will be glad for the extra light when changing a flat tire after dark.
7. First aid kit. Having a first aid kit can actually save your life in an emergency, so make sure you have one.
8. Non-perishable food. Keeping your energy up is important so have a stash of cereal bars, granola, nuts and dried food in your car.
 

Summer & Winter Survival Car Kit

In the winter months you should also add a few extra items to your car. Having a snow brush or ice scraper will help you keep ice off the windshield and snow off the car. A small shovel will be useful to dig yourself out of snow. Adding sand, salt or kitty litter will help you get out of a bind should your tires spin each time you try and get anywhere. If a motorist should stop by that may be able to pull you out, a tow rope will be of great help. In the summer you should have sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and bug spray with you. You never know how long you will have to wait and you should also think about a small pop up shelter to keep your family cool outside the vehicle.
 

Roadside Assistance in Wellington, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter & Loxahatchee, Florida

Being prepared for a breakdown will have you less panicked when your car rumbles to a stop on the highway. If you require help, you can contact Affordable Towing & Junk Cars for immediate assistance!

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