Towing a car

Discussion in 'Class A / Diesel Pushers' started by Donaldo, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Donaldo

    Donaldo New Member

    I'm planning on joining the "not quite retired, almost a gypsy" crowd fairly soon, and am planning on buying a 35-38 foot Class A. I'd like to do some extensive travelling, and would like to tow a car with me. I rented a 30' Class A (V-10 Ford)last summer and the Rental Guy told me that towing a car would sap 2-3 miles per gallon, and was nothing but a pain. I can imagine that backing up would be a problem, but what are the other drawbacks, if any?
     
  2. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    RE: Towing a car

    I have a 38ft DP, 330 HP cummins and pull a 2007 Toyota Avalon. I can't really tell any significate change in fuel mileage when pulling my toad. I haven't been thru the mountains yet...that could make a big difference. And you're right...no backing with toad attached for me.
     
  3. vanole

    vanole Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    elkhartjim,

    Are you using a REMCO set-up pulling the Avalon? Or are you towing on a dolly? If using a REMCO any pros and cons?

    V/R
    Jeff
     
  4. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Hey Jeff...I'm using a tow dolly and I know thats almost an evil word on this forum but I've had great success. I can hook up as fast as my friend by the time he goes thru all the "stuff" he has to do with his toad. I drive on, secure the straps, install safety chains..go. So far no storage problems at cg's
    Jim
     
  5. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    hey Jim I also use a dolly for my toad,no problem so for. I really haven't notice ant different in my gas mileage. but all this is in conjunction with your speed. more speed more gas /fuel
     
  6. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    I tow a 2002 Tracker 4 down which is light and can not tell the difference in MPG but I travel at 50, 55 mph. MH 2002 HR Vacationer V10 Ford. 8 to 10 MPG.
     
  7. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    No wonder it took you so long to out of Texas....50mph. :)
     
  8. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    And I am still not out :eek:
     
  9. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    See above message please
     
  10. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Hey Jim, why drive any faster. I don't have to be anywhere. I was thinking about slowing down some more. :laugh: You'll just gonna have to slow down and stay behind me or pass. I'll watch for you and pull over. I leave the racing for the strip where I'll take you on. :bleh:
     
  11. vanole

    vanole Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Elkhartjim,

    Thanks for the info. Wife is really set on and Avalon. Have been able to tow the Honda A4D without any aftermarket solution. Do you have any recommendations on tow dolly's. This past summer when we travelled I made a point to check to see if storage would be a problem for a dolly and came to the conclusion it would not if I ever needed to go that route.

    V/R
    Jeff
     
  12. tallyo

    tallyo New Member

    Re: Towing a car

    I used a tow dolly for four(4) years and didn't know what a pain it was until I went to 4 down.
    Traveling with or without a toad doesn't do much for mileage. The biggest mileage differences come from having a good tail wind and keeping the old foot off the accelerator.
    And make sure you are traveling easterly when going through Texas...
     
  13. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    like I said before I use a tow master dolly for my Honda Accord we have not had any problem while towing or at the CG we have stayed in. I know an A4D would be better but I not complaining. I like Nash don't drive that fast, but I have a Chevy 8.1 :bleh: vs his V10 :laugh: . but your speed is what important when trying to save a little gas/fuel. going slow that why we RV so we can take in as much as we can. happy trails
     
  14. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    I'm using a Demco Kar Kaddy
     
  15. vanole

    vanole Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Thanks Jim.

    V/R
    Jeff
     
  16. utmtman

    utmtman Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    I too use a tow dolly, towing a 92 toyota camry. Have a pickup in storage that has the remco driveline pull but again I also tow it with the tow dolly.
     
  17. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Wow Lee and Fran...the ability to tow 4 down and you don't! Sometimes I think the naysayers of "only four wheel down" are the companies selling $2000 worth of stuff so you can.
     
  18. onthecoach

    onthecoach Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    I've been towing my 1998 Hnda Accord V6 all-four-down for the entire 10 years I've had it!!! I can get that puppy hooked up in about 60" (by myself!) and hit the road!!! I have only noticed a difference in mph when DH drives the coach! When I drive we get anywhere from 9-11 mph (300Cat Turbo Diesel!)!!! When DH drives it drops down to 7 -7.5mpg! Of course, I drive about 55-60 mph and he has it up to 70-75 mph!!!

    Fuel lprices being what they are now -- especally diesel being so artifically high -- I think he will have to slow down!!! ;)
     
  19. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    trans in park, 4wheel in neutral, emergency bk off, key in unlock, relay plug for ready brake pluged into cig lighter, about 5 min taking time and rechecking and ready to go. 150 dollars for tow bar,safety cables,wiring (E-Bay) 250 for ready brake w breakaway and indicator light on MHdash (new works great) all installed myself.
     
  20. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Towing a car

    Dang Nash, you find all the deals.
     

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