Motorhomes: The Correct Way to Tow a Car
Posted on September 28th 2018 by Towbar2U
You’ve probably seen a car towing a caravan, but you’re much less likely to have seen a motorhome towing a car. Although not as common, many holiday-goers opt to go down this route so that they have extra travel options once they’ve reached their destination. Since towing a car with a trailer is relatively uncommon, the laws and guidelines surrounding it can be a bit of a grey area. Here at Towbar2U, we’re here to explain what the correct way to tow a car is, and which is the best towbar to achieve this.
Is your motorhome suitable for towing?
Firstly, it should be noted that not all motorhomes are suitable for towing. Some cannot be fitted with a towbar at all. With such a wide range of motorhomes available on the market, we suggest the best way to find whether your motorhome is suitable to tow a car is to contact the manufacturer. They should be able to guide you on whether the motorhome is capable of having a towbar fitted, and if so, what a maximum towing limit would be.
Which type of towbar should I get?
For use of towing a car behind a motorhome, we highly recommend opting for an A-frame tow bar. This is because A-frames don’t require anyone to be present in the car while it is being towed, unlike many other towbars. A-frames were initially used for towing a car during a breakdown, but can now legally be used for personal towing, such as towing a working car behind a motorhome.
A frame, cars and trailers.
The recommended thing to do when planning on towing a car behind a trailer is to fit the car with an A-frame. However, when you do this it is important to note that the A-frame and the car become legally seen as a single unit. As soon as it is fitted, both the A-frame and the car collectively are seen in the eyes of the law as a ‘trailer’, and must abide by the trailer towing laws in the UK.
What laws apply?
So now that you have your ‘trailer’ you need to be aware of which laws apply. Firstly, when towing you are restricted to travelling a maximum speed of 50mph on single carriageways and 60mph on dual carriageways. You must also ensure the brakes work properly on your trailer. Generally, the ‘trailer’ can have a mass of up to 750kg before requiring brakes. However, if a trailer is already fitted with brakes (such as a car would), then the brakes need to be fully functional regardless of whether or not the trailer exceeds 750kg. We also highly recommend getting a towbar with a nose weight of between 5-7% of the loaded trailer weight. In this instance, the trailer consists of both the A bar and the car, so the weight of both needs to be taken into consideration.
At Towbar2U, we offer a wide range of towbars from a wide range of brands. We consist of a team of towbar experts, who will be happy to provide advice or recommendations about any of our products or services. For more information, give our friendly team a call today.