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Sport Ute and Minivan Towing

The new generation of lightweight towable RVs is designed to match the towing capabilities of the mid- to full-size six-cylinder SUV or mini-van. You can find a range of recreational vehicles, from affordable fold-down camping trailers and lightweight travel trailers, up to elegant full-size trailers that can accommodate up to six people.

Automobile manufacturers publish a towing guide for their vehicles, showing the recommended trailer capacity, and the equipment required to safely tow a trailer within the terms of the vehicle warranty. Your RV dealer can help you select the perfect recreational vehicle for your needs, and install the correct hitch for your needs.

The RV industry categorizes four types of hitches appropriate for the various types of trailers. A class I hitch, often referred to as a “bumper hitch” is a simple ball hitch with a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and a hitch weight of 200 pounds. This hitch is generally used in conjunction with a small utility trailer, or a small boat trailer.

The class II hitch uses a frame mounted to the chassis of your vehicle to increase towing capacity to 4,000 pounds, and hitch weight to 400 pounds. For most travel trailer applications, which fall in the 5,000 to 7,000 pound category, with hitch weights up to 700 pounds, the class III weight distributing hitch is recommended. This hitch design uses equalizer bars to lever some of the trailer tongue weight on to the front axle of the tow vehicle, enhancing the suspension and steering characteristics of the tow vehicle and trailer combination.

Class IV equalizing hitches are used for larger travel trailers, up to 10,000 pounds, and class V equalizing hitches top out at about 14,000 pounds. Your RV dealer will help you outfit your vehicle with the electronic trailer brake control unit, upgraded electrical system components, and engine and transmission cooling systems which are recommended for towing larger travel trailers.

When suitably equipped, your SUV or minivan can open the door to a wonderful vacation lifestyle. To learn all about traveling with a recreational vehicle visit an RV dealership in your area to see the latest in models and accessories.

Published: 6/8/2003
Source: The RV Industry

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