As RV traveling gains popularity, installation for dinghy towing and tow bars in Eugene, OR is in higher demand than ever. Named for how yachts drag small boats in their wake, dinghy towing refers to pulling a smaller vehicle behind a large RV. There are options for making this safe and effective, but the process requires special considerations. Here is an overview on dinghy towing and its required preparations:
Dinghy towing is its own specialty
Dinghy towing occupies a large share of towing products and services. The demand increased so much that the market created specialized equipment for the practice, including specialized light wiring, supplemental brake actuators, transmission lubrication pumps and quick disconnect couplings.
Options can include using a tow bar or tow dolly. Tow bars attach to both the towing and towed vehicles and help with stability. A tow dolly is essentially a mini-trailer that carries the front two wheels of a vehicle so only the rear wheels spin when in contact with the road. Either the towed vehicle’s own lights will act as trailer lights, or magnetic lights are adhered, much like when a car is dragged by a tow truck.
Considerations about tow bars
Tow bars in Eugene, OR often seem to be the most stable way to tow a vehicle, but they have their own complications. Cars and small SUVs are not designed for long-distance towing; they are intended to drive under their own power. If the vehicle is not attached for towing just right, you risk serious damage to it.
When attached, the wheels need to be set straight ahead. Since most cars are not designed to have perfectly straight alignment, you must keep the steering wheel unlocked so it can adjust during the drive. You will also have to check the manufacturer’s specifications, as some vehicle will sustain transmission damage if not towed correctly. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are often the best candidates for towing because their drive train can be shifted to neutral, so there are no effects on the transmission.
Precautions while dinghy towing
If you are considering dinghy towing on your next RV adventure, do not overlook the following precautions:
- Manufacturer’s specifications: As mentioned, this is not limited to your RV. While you want to confirm that it is capable of towing a vehicle, you also want to prepare your smaller vehicle for towing. To do that, you need to review the manufacturer’s specifications for both vehicles. Never assume you can flat tow any car. Also check to see if the practice is recommended for the vehicle you wish to tow.
- Consider stopping distance: Your RV will stop even more slowly with a vehicle towed behind it. Add extra stopping distance as you drive, and consider staying in the far right lane on the highway.
- Keep lights visible: Check your trailer lights for visibility, whether you use the lights on the towed vehicle or separate lights. These will help people give you space, so you want to make sure this essential safety equipment works and can be seen.
- Check state regulations: There may be highway regulations in different states that affect dinghy towing. Check before your trip to avoid tickets.
By securing the right safety equipment and becoming familiar with it, you can use tow bars safely and proceed with dinghy towing as you leave for your next adventure. Contact Ron’s Hitch N Tow for installation and guidance.