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Been round and round on deciding to flat tow, dolly or buying a car trailer. I have a 24 foot Holiday Rambler class B+ on a Ford F350 frame. It has the 10 cylinder Ford engine. I've yet to take a long trip so not sure of the mileage but what would be your guess as to what would be the penalty for pulling a car trailer will a 3000 pound car?

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What is the Rambler’s max tow weight? Which 3000 pound car are you considering? Does the manufacturer say your proposed car is four down towable? Pulling a car trailer or dolly is a PITA but you’ve considered that issue? Not all campgrounds are pull thrus.


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do you have/want a vehicle that can be towed 4 down? your B van might only have a 3500 lb. hitch rating?
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I don't think so based on the cars that might be available. I'm thinking a full towable trailer . The RV has 5000 pound towing capacity

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So when you can’t get a pull thru campsite, you drop the trailer with the car and put the B into the campsite. Then you get the car off the trailer and park the trailer using the car...somewhere else than the campsite and that might cost extra. Then you park the car next to the B in the campsite. You’re done but not fun! Reverse when leaving. I’d rather stay home! lol

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On 3/27 didn’t you post: “I've decided to buy a car to flat tow it behind my Holiday Rambler 235s.” ??

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A car trailer won't tow as well as a towed-car. Plus, with vehicle-size-creep making everything bigger and heavier, it might be nearly impossible to keep a car plus car-trailer under 5k.

I highly recommend finding a towable car, or at least consider a tow-dolly. Nearly all FWDs can be dollied. And FYI all Ford Hybrids (except the new 2020 Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator) are flat-towable, and there's still a small handful of other makes, although that list is quickly dwindling.


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carringb wrote:

A car trailer won't tow as well as a towed-car. Plus, with vehicle-size-creep making everything bigger and heavier, it might be nearly impossible to keep a car plus car-trailer under 5k.

I highly recommend finding a towable car, or at least consider a tow-dolly. Nearly all FWDs can be dollied. And FYI all Ford Hybrids (except the new 2020 Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator) are flat-towable, and there's still a small handful of other makes, although that list is quickly dwindling.


I use to tow a trailer behind motorhome and did not find it towing any different from flat towing, however flat towing is easy easier to hook up than loading a car onto a trailer and no need for a trailer to deal with at campground.

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Lwiddis wrote:

So when you can’t get a pull thru campsite, you drop the trailer with the car and put the B into the campsite. Then you get the car off the trailer and park the trailer using the car...somewhere else than the campsite and that might cost extra. Then you park the car next to the B in the campsite. You’re done but not fun! Reverse when leaving. I’d rather stay home! lol


I'd like to see the car come off the trailer without being hooked to the tow vehicle stunt!


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mileage, 12 empty, 8 towing. More if you drive like molasses, less if you are a motivated driver.

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