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Guide to towing with a motorhome 

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  1. Ian Styles says:

    If you tow a trailer with a car then you must add the weight of the trailer and car, the total must not exceed the towbars or vehicles limit. But towing a car without a trailer keeps the weight down and offers the option of towing a slightly larger car. I tow a Hyundai i10 which weighs around 1000kg which is less less than a smaller car and trailer added together has 5 doors and seatbelts.

  2. Christopher Neave says:

    This article is very good for anyone interested in towing with their motorhome. We had a towbar fitted to our motorhome as we had already bought a Citroen C1 (ideal for towing and same as Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo and Smart car). We had been fed up whist touring Cornwall with the many narrow roads but leaving the motorhome on the site and using the car to tour Wales we were so pleased.

  3. Barry Carter says:

    I really can’t understand why a Motorhomer would want to tow a car, to my mind their not Motorhomers there’re frustrated caravaners. I have been Motorhoming for 15 yrs now into 3rd MH, length 7.5 Mtrs requires C1 license. My wife and I have travelled mostly in UK visiting 100’s of sites we do our homework before we set out to visit a sites area for access to public transport, taxis, and food shops if not nearby then on route, most of time we’ve walked or cycled in vicinity of sites. If you want the use of a car buy a caravan in most cases they are cheaper and have far better layouts particularly if you feel the need for a fixed bed. Motorhoming is for freedom of touring not hitching and pitching up

  4. Dylan says:

    Covers all the basics in an easy format, with links to explore more detailed explanations in relation to what is required to comply with the LAW for towing.
    We had a hitch fitted to our Motorhome to tow a small car, which allows greater freedom to explore an area and a means to get access to medical help in a hurry. This decision was a no brainer when my wife tripped over a mooring peg along the Canal at Devizes and fractured her wrist, we were distance from the campsite and at a time of day when the local A&E was closed and the nearest Hospital was Bath.

  5. Peter ward says:

    and what if towing a car on an A frame in the U.K. are you insured? and to what limits?

    • Hi Peter, you’d need to check with your motorhome insurance provider if they provide cover for the A-frame.
      Caravan Guard motorhome insurance provides third party cover whilst a car is being towed behind your motorhome by a trailer. It is your responsibility to make sure that if you use a device to tow a vehicle behind your motorhome it meets any legal requirements and you are towing subject to any limitations on your driving licence or cover might not be in force.
      Under the Road Traffic Act, we cover any legal liability for damage caused by a car on a trailer to third parties whilst being towed using the motorhome. If towing with an A frame we do not provide cover for this as equipment. Our motorhome insurance policy would not provide cover for damage to a car itself whilst it was being towed behind a motorhome.
      There’s more information on the legal issues of towing with an A frame here:

  6. Don Sadkowski says:

    What are the restrictions particularly Towing in Germany?

  7. John Brumfield says:

    While I totally agree with the contents and advice given in the article regarding towing a trailer with a motorhome, you have not made any reference to those who tow a small car (Smart car, fiat 500 etc) which effectively becomes a 4 wheeled trailer drawn by the use of a detachable ‘A’ frame.
    This method appears to be gaining in popularity by the numbers seen on the roads at peak holiday periods. This also means that there are no storage problems when not in use, but also that there are no additional cost on most sites for a trailer, the combination of motorhome with towed car is the same as a car and caravan, just 2 units.
    One final point, when towing either a standard trailer or small car, in addition to the number plate being the same as the prime mover the towed unit must also display 2 red triangles.
    It would be appreciated if at some time in the future you might consider writing a article looking at this method of towing with a motorhome covering any pros and cons which might encountered.

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