Not all cars are created equal. What we really mean is that not all vehicles can be flat towed behind an RV. In the past, most cars were perfectly fine for four-down towing (aka – dinghy towing), meaning all four wheels are on the pavement. But with the rise of electronic transmissions, it takes a little more research when choosing a tow car. The reason? Transmission lubrication. Some vehicles need the continuous operation of a pump within the transmission to keep certain parts lubricated. Without this, the transmission can become damaged once the engine starts running again after being rolled down the road for miles and miles.
Below we have compiled a list of the best cars to flat tow behind an RV! But we recommend always checking the owner’s manual for your vehicle to determine whether it is suited for flat towing behind an RV.
This fun-sized hatchback is a reliable vehicle for any day trip! Best of all, it is one of the lightest tow car options, minimizing additional weight during those long trips. As a bonus, the Spark comes standard with 4G LTE connectivity and a mobile Wi-fi hotspot for those not looking to be totally off the grid.
Ford Focus Titanium
With it’s compact and sleek design, the Ford Focus has become a popular car seen towed behind an RV. You and the family can ride in comfort with options such as heated seats, tinted glass, parking sensors, and twin-zone climate control. The Ford Focus hatchback offers a little extra storage and accessibility in the truck area which could be helpful when you’re out on the road for day or weeks at a time.
Ford Fiesta is one of the top choices of drivers in general based on its user-friendly technology, agile handling, and driving enjoyment. It doesn’t have quite as much trunk space as the Focus, but the Fiesta’s 27-37 mpg average may make up for that for some drivers.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
This is a common sight to see rolling behind an RV, and for a good reason! Jeep Wranglers are some of the most qualified SUVs for whatever terrain you are seeking throughout your trip. With its versatility, you can remove the doors, roof, and more to best suit whatever adventure you have planned.
If you’re looking for something in the Jeep family, but at a little lower price point, Jeep Cherokee may be the winner. For flat towing capabilities, you will need the 4×4 model with 2-speed power transfer unit. The Cherokee doesn’t have the option to remove the doors and ride without the roof, but not everyone needs such a wild and free ride. For those who have small children or pets tagging along on the adventure, keeping the doors on is probably a safe bet. The Cherokee may also offer a bit of a smoother ride and feel more like a car whereas the Wrangler feels more like a truck.
Ram 1500 Laramie
A popular choice for full-sized trucks, the Ram 1500 Laramie will allow you to venture out into more rugged terrain or haul virtually anything. Its long list of safety features and super comfortable interior make this truck a top-notch selection! Make note that the 4×4 can be flat towed, whereas the 2-wheel drive Ram will need a tow dolly.
The Colorado is a great compact truck that offers a standard 2-level cargo-management setup, EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, 13 tie-down points, and even mobile Wi-fi. You can choose from either a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder depending on your needs.
Ready to Hit the Road?
While this list is designed to point you in the right direction, we still highly recommend thoroughly checking the owners manual or talking with a dealership when choosing which vehicle to flat tow behind your RV. Once you’ve got the right car, check out Blue Ox’s flat towing products such as tow bars, baseplates, and towing accessories.