Tips To Towing Behind Your Motorhome
Owning a motorhome and taking off around the world is a lifelong dream for many, but even if you only get as far as Brighton, the benefits of a motorhome are obvious. But what if you want to expand your horizons after you’ve set up camp – maybe go for a quiet bike ride or some sea kayaking? The great advantage with a motorhome is that you can tow anything on the back – even a small caravan!
Motorhome towing has plenty of advantages, and there’s really no limit to what you can tow, from a boat to a small car – but there are a few things to be aware of before you hit the open road.
Before You Start
You’ll need to check two things before you consider motorhome towing: how much can you tow, and are you legally allowed to tow it? It’s easy to check both of these requirements online with the Camping and Caravanning Club and the DVLA.
Fitting the Right Towbar
If you’ve just bought a brand new motorhome, the chances are it has European type approval and you’ll be able to fit an appropriate tow bar with ease – though check that one is available for your make and model before you buy. For new and used motorhomes, it’s recommended that you use a professional fitter to make sure you don’t have any issues with underslung water tanks and the like.
Know the Law
First, know your speed limits – you’re restricted to 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway. You must not use the fast lane on the motorway.
Brakes on your motorhome and on your trailer must be in working order, and you’ll need to check your handbook for towing limits. If you own a coachbuilt motorhome, check the converter’s plates for the Gross Train Weight (GTW) – that’s the maximum weight of your fully loaded motorhome and trailer combined.
Towing a small car on an A-frame can prove problematic on the continent, as there is no unified law that applies and it differs from country to country. Be prepared for a travelling companion to drive the car instead, or tow on a flatbed trailer.
Reversing with a small towed trailer can be problematic – even more so when visibility is limited. Investing in a rear-view camera is crucial to avoid damage.
Before you head out with your trailer, check everything: tyres, brakes and electric couplings. Have a practice run if at all possible to get a sense of how your entire rig handles on the open road.
The Right Motorhome for You
Viscount Motorhomes has a huge range of motorhomes for sale, so whether you’re in the market for a brand new home on wheels or a smaller used motorhome for occasional weekends away, visit Viscount to find the motorhome that suits your needs.