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What Is The Best RV Tow Bar And RV Tow Dolly in 2021?

Deciding to tow a car worth thousands of dollars using an RV tow bar behind your motorhome or travel trailer involves many factors to be considered.

Among other things, you must decide if you want to use an RV tow dolly or tow your vehicle with all four tires on the ground (four down) using an RV tow bar.

Some vehicles cannot be towed with all four tires on the ground ('four down'). 

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If you tow with four down, what is the best tow bar for flat towing? How expensive will it be?

Is your vehicle set up for towing or are you going to have to install modifications to be able to do so? Will it be worth the trouble?

There is a lot to know about getting a tow bar.

This page teaches you all of the essential things to know about towing a vehicle behind your RV.

You need to learn whether you should tow two down or four down, towing limitations, which bars are the easiest to use, hitch receiver information, and if you even need a toad. 

Your Guide To Pulling A Toad Behind An RV

There's a lot to consider when you are thinking about towing a vehicle behind your RV.

How often you will need to tow your vehicle?

If you only go camping once or twice a year, it may not make economical sense to bring a toad.

If you use a tow dolly, can you store it at the campground? Do you want to be able to back up your RV while towing?

You also need to know that you can't back up if you are towing 4 down, or are using certain RV tow dollies.

These things and more are what you will have to consider to make your decision. 

Let's cover all the bases on the ins and outs of pulling a vehicle behind your RV.

Should I Tow A 'Toad' Or Not?

To tow or not to tow, that's the big question. Having a towed vehicle (often referred to as a 'toad') has its pros and cons.

It's up to you to decide if having a toad works for you.

Pros of Towing a Vehicle Behind Your RV:
  • Convenience: You get to camp, set up, relax, and start a fire. Then you realize you forgot the burgers. Now, you need to run to the nearest store. You will be much happier if you have a toad to take to town instead of needing to pack everything back up to take the whole RV. This 'pro' should not be underestimated.
  • Smaller Is easier: Grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores are not easy to maneuver in a larger RV. It's nice to have a smaller vehicle to run into town so you don't have to break camp. Driving a car versus a motorhome around town is less stressful.
  • Access To All Roads: Without a regular-sized car, you might miss out on certain drives. Take for instance the incredible Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park. It has a 21' overall vehicle length limit. You can't go if you just have a 30' motorhome. Trust us, you don't want to miss the Going To The Sun Road, and there are plenty of others with limits.
  • Emergency Vehicle: If something happens to your motorhome and you get stuck in the middle of nowhere, or in a scary area, your toad is an 'escape' vehicle. Now you can get you and your family to a hotel until your RV gets fixed.
  • Gas Mileage: If you are going to be doing a lot of exploring in an area, you will get much better gas mileage in a car than in a motorhome.
  • Extra Storage Space: (Within towing weight limits of your RV) If your RV is full and you need to bring along extra gear, your toad can be the extra storage.
Cons of Towing a Vehicle Behind Your RV:
  • Backing Up: You won't be able to back up if you tow with all four wheels 'down' on the ground. This is only possible if you use an RV tow dolly (though you cannot back up with some tow dollies). You will have to unhitch to back up.
  • Expense: These things aren't cheap. You will need the necessary base plate/bracket for your toad, the cables, wiring and supplemental braking system that come with towing with all four down. You're easily looking at $1000 or more for a quality RV tow bar and accessories. A tow dolly could range from $1000 (for used) to $3500, so there's major cost involved either way.
  • Takes More Time: Hooking up your tow vehicle makes your hitching up and breaking down take a little longer. It could also be a stressful thing for a new RV'er to take on having a tow vehicle behind them.
  • Gas Mileage: You will save gas money by having a toad to explore with. However, if you don't plan to explore much after arriving at your campsite, towing a vehicle behind your motorhome will cause your motorhome to suffer worse gas mileage.
  • Length Limits: If you have a short enough RV and wanted to drive, say, the Pacific Coast Highway, you might not be able to if you are towing a car. There are length limits on some scenic roads that would prevent you from having the experience of taking that route if your overall length is too long.
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Annual Dinghy Towing Guide

If you are purchasing a vehicle specifically to be your toad, some factors will come into play as far as your decision on whether to go all 4 down or to use a dolly. 

Motorhome Magazine publishes an annual dinghy towing guide that lists current model year vehicles that towable with 4 down.

You can view the current and previous year's lists.

The Two Main Ways To Tow

You have two options when it comes to towing a car behind your motorhome:

  1. Flat towing or '4 down'
  2. Dolly towing or '2 down'

Sure, you could tow your vehicle on a trailer where no wheels are on the ground.

Most people don't do this because storing the trailer can be an impossibility at an RV park, and just a pain to have to deal with overall.

For this reason, we are only going to cover flat and dolly towing.

Flat Towing Or '4 Down'

The first thing to know when flat towing is if your vehicle manufacturer approves your model for flat towing.

If it does not, you must make modifications to the vehicle to make it so. Be aware, this might void your warranty. Check with your manufacturer for details.

Flat towing or '4 down' involves a tow bar and additional parts.

All four tires of your 'toad' remain on the ground.

Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain RV tow bar

Flat towing can be an expensive investment. You could be looking at $2-3K.

It's a solid choice if you are prepared to make the investment and know that you will be keeping the vehicle as your toad for a long time.

Flat towing with a tow bar is the easiest system to use.

Once installed, you connect your car to the tow bar/RV, hook up it's 'umbilical cord' and braking system.

Then make any necessary electrical changes to your toad, and you're off.  Disconnecting is very simple as well.

There is also the added benefit of not having to deal with storing a heavy dolly at your campsite.

This system has quite a few parts. It includes the towbar, a base plate, a safety cable set, wiring, and a supplemental braking system for your toad.

The base plate will be permanently attached to your toad while the tow bar attaches to the base plate when towing.

Then, the other end of the tow bar inserts into your RV's receiver.

Some car tow bars stay connected to the RV, some stay connected to the tow vehicle.

The choice is simply a personal preference, though we only review the style that remains attached to your RV. 

Connecting A Towed Vehicle Properly by Gone With the Wynns

Don't forget that some vehicles can be set up to tow or are 'tow ready' and some CANNOT (without expensive modifications).

Read your manual to find out if your toad will need modifications or not.

You can total your vehicle by doing it wrong. Doing so could destroy your transmission.

Tow Bar Selection

Even though it's more expensive, you'll want to get a tow bar with telescoping arms. 

This makes hooking up MUCH easier as you don't have to pull up the toad perfectly to get it on.

Otherwise, you have to have your toad aligned just perfectly with your RV to get it attached properly. 

Technology has come a long way. Might as well take advantage of it!

Lights And Turn Signals

By law, your toad MUST have working signals and brake lights and tail lights. For this, you have a couple of options.

You can either wire your toad to work with your RV's lights/signals, or you can get add-on accessory lights.

The downside to add-on lights is that they can damage your paint.

They also cause you that much more of a hassle since you have to set them up and take them down every time you hit the road.

Auxillary Brakes For Your Toad

Most states require by law that you have an auxiliary braking system for your toad. This type of system causes your toad to have brakes of its own while towing.

It also will brake the toad if it somehow becomes disconnected from your RV.

Towing without an auxiliary braking system will put undue stress on your motorhome. Stopping distance will suffer.

You will likely be able to feel the push from behind. Your motorhome's brakes will be more stressed.

If you get into an accident and your insurance company finds out you were towing without a braking system, they might find you at fault and not cover your losses.

In other words, if you are smart, you will get a braking system.

Battery Considerations

This one is vehicle-specific.

Some toads require the ignition switch to be in a position that allows the steering column to remain unlocked for flat towing.

It also leaves power applied to various electrical circuits. If you are towing for more than a few hours, it can completely kill your battery.

Strategies for avoiding this vary by model, but most fixes are to simply pull a fuse from the vehicle's fuse box before towing.

This can be another step that you might forget to do.

Base Plates

Many base plates have to be custom ordered to fit your toad.

Most of the other parts of your tow bar can be made to fit universally, but not the tow bar base plate.

Installing a tow bar base plate is a difficult process and will likely take a professional to install unless you are extremely handy. 

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Pros and Cons of Flat Towing:

  • No trailer or dolly to have to store at home or campground
  • Easier to hitch up than using a trailer or tow dolly
  • Better turning radius than you would have if you used an RV tow dolly
  • No worries about car coming off of the tow dolly
  • Expensive to get the entire system
  • Causes the most wear and tear on your toad
  • Cannot back up while toad is connected
  • More wear on your towed vehicle's front tires

Dolly Towing

For some RV'ers, towing using a dolly is the better choice. It works by carrying your car by its front tires only.

You drive the front tires up onto the RV tow dolly, secure them down using the straps, and attach the 'umbilical cord'.

A dolly is an extra hassle in that now you have another set of tires to maintain and another piece of equipment to maintain.

You also have to store it at the campground or home.

They aren't the lightest things in the world.

If the ground is wet, it's even harder to maneuver at a campground.

A tow dolly works best with front-wheel drive vehicles.

If you have a rear wheel or sometimes an all-wheel-drive you may have to get it modified. 

Again, this is an extra cost.

It's nice that there are usually limited or no modifications necessary with a dolly.

If you change vehicles, you can simply drive the new vehicle up onto the dolly.

You cannot do that with a tow bar unless the new-to-be-towed vehicle already has a base plate attached that fits your tow bar.

Getting the car onto the dolly can be intimidating and stressful. Drivers have driven TOO far onto a dolly and gotten the car stuck on top of the dolly.

Before You Go: Tow Checklist

  • Be sure your hitch rating is not lower than what you are towing
  • Double check that everything is connected properly before departure
  • Make sure your hitch height is correct
  • Check your lights and turn signals
  • Check tire pressure of all tires
  • Double check that any fuses that should be disconnected are indeed disconnected
  • Make sure any other modifications you need to do to your toad have been done, such as turning the ignition key to the accessory position, steering wheel is unlocked, etc.

Also, as tight as you get the wheel straps, they tend to come loose. 

If your car's lights aren't connected to the motorhome, you will need to get that set up.

Or, you can get an accessory tail light to attach to the back of your vehicle. It's against the law to tow a vehicle without brake lights, parking lights, and turn signals.

Yes, many RV tow dollies come with their own brake system.

This would save you from purchasing an auxiliary braking system.

A tow dolly will also save wear and tear on your front wheels and suspension.

If your tow dolly has fixed wheels instead of swiveling wheels, you CAN back up with your toad attached.

You cannot do this with 4 down. However, if your wheels swivel, you are out of luck.

Pros and Cons of Dolly Towing:
  • May not need a braking system
  • Saves wear and tear on your vehicle
  • Can back up if you have fixed wheels on the tow dolly
  • Less expensive than installing a heavy duty tow bar system
  • Don't have to modify anything if you have a front wheel drive toad
  • Dolly must be stored, which can be a pain
  • Hooking up can be a pain in the neck
  • Still need an auxiliary braking system if dolly doesn't come with one equipped
  • May have to stop frequently to check straps holding toad
  • More equipment to take care of/two more sets of tires to maintain/repair
  • Dolly might put your towing weight over limit

How To Load Your Toad Onto A Dolly

Towing Limitations

Your RV has a towing weight limit.

If you exceed it, you may not have handling problems (but you could), but you could also break your hitch and your heavy-duty tow bar.

Your stopping distance will be greater, your brakes will wear faster (and possibly fail coming down a mountain pass), and your ability to control the rig during a fast stop will be compromised.

These are very good reasons to know your motorhome's towing capacity and to keep your weight under that limit.

The weight rating of the motorhome’s hitch receiver is another concern. Most receivers are adequate, but if necessary, you can upgrade your receiver.

Keep in mind, however, that an upgraded hitch receiver cannot increase the specified weight limit set by the chassis manufacturer.

RV Hitch Receivers

You must know your motorhome's hitch receiver rating to make sure it is suited for the load you are looking to put on it.

The most problematic part of your hitch receiver may be that the height may not match up with your chosen toad.

In such a case, you would need a drop-receiver to allow the tow bar to ride level.

You can get them anywhere from 2 to 10-inch variations. 

Summary

Having an extra vehicle to bum around town is quite a luxury when camping. It means you don't have to break camp to go somewhere. 

Knowing how you need to tow is essential in picking the right towing setup. Below we have reviewed the best tow bars according to ease of use and customer satisfaction. 

All of the information and manuals you need for each is provided inside each particular review. 

Take a look and get ready to have a new tow bar on your hands!

RV Tow Bar Reviews

Here you will find our picks for the best RV tow bars that money can buy.

If you simply want to learn more about towing, jump down below the reviews to our guide.

Our favorites were three Roadmaster 'All-Terrain' tow bars that range in load capability from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds, so choose the weight capacity that fits your vehicle.

The reviewed Roadmaster All-Terrain RV tow bars vary in the weight of the tow bars themselves, and the weight capacity for the vehicle being towed.

What does 'All-Terrain' mean?

Simply that these RV tow bars use Roadmaster's patented non-binding Freedom Latch technology that allows you to unlock the tow bar (when unhitching) with minimal effort.

It doesn't matter what angle your toad is in relationship to your motorhome.

It also doesn't matter if your motorhome is parked on an incline or decline.

Competitors' tow bars tend to bind unless the RV and towed vehicle are perfectly straight while on level ground.

With the below reviewed Roadmaster Tow Bars, it doesn't matter. (See the video below the reviews for further explanation of tow bar binding.)

This is a HUGE reason we chose this brand.

You will notice a lack of Blue Ox Tow Bars in the reviews below. Find out why we don't recommend Blue Ox.

Why Roadmaster Tow Bars?

All the reviewed Roadmaster tow bars feature the patented non-binding Freedom Latch technology.

This allows for easy release during disconnecting. The angle or incline of your RV and toad doesn't matter.

This means no frustration and simple, one-person operation.

The competition either doesn't offer non-binding latch technology or only offers it in a very limited number of tow bars. 

See the video below the reviews to learn more about tow bar binding.

Roadmaster tow bars are designed and manufactured completely in-house at their Vancouver, Washington facility.

Roadmaster uses FEA (Finite Element Analysis) computer testing - the same technology used by aerospace companies - to completely test designs before producing the first prototype.

They then do real-world stress testing to the equivalent of 600,000 road miles to ensure your Roadmaster tow bar will give a long, trouble-free life (life expectancy of around 70,000 miles).

The below reviewed Roadmaster RV tow bar models are available in either steel or aluminum construction.

They offer towing ratings from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds.

Roadmaster offers over 1,000 different mounting brackets (purchased separately as they are specific to the model vehicle you are towing) that fit over 2,000 different vehicles.

This selection is the largest in the RV tow bar industry, ensuring they most likely offer a mounting bracket for your vehicle.

Best RV Towbar Overall

Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain

Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain RV tow bar

Pros

  • Lightweight aluminum construction
  • Non-binding Freedom Latch
  • Safety cable & power cord included
  • Channel guides for cables
  • Largest hookup radius in the industry
  • Solid stainless steel inner arms

Cons

  • Priced higher than competition, but non-binding Freedom Latch makes the small cost difference more than worth it

The Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain RV tow bar is the world's strongest aluminum tow bar.

It can handle towing vehicles up to 8,000 pounds.

Its non-binding Freedom Latch means that you can unhook your towed vehicle from your motorhome with no frustration, regardless of the angle between your RV and toad or amount of incline/decline your rig is parked on.

Continue Reading Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain RV Tow Bar Review

Best Heavy Duty RV Tow Bar

Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain

Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain RV towbar

Pros

  • Capable of towing full-sized pickups & SUVs
  • Non-binding Freedom Latch
  • Channel guides for cables
  • Largest hookup radius in the industry
  • Motorhome mounted
  • Solid stainless steel inner arms

Cons

  • Fairly heavy at 42 pounds

If you have a full-sized pickup or SUV that you want to tow behind your motorhome, then the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain tow bar (model 422) is what you are looking for.

It has a 10,000 pound towed vehicle capacity.

With all the great features the All-Terrain series are known for, this is the best tow bar for flat towing your heavier vehicle.

Continue Reading Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain Tow Bar Review

Best Budget RV Tow Bar

Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain

Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain RV towbar

Pros

  • Affordable choice for lighter vehicles
  • Non-binding Freedom Latch
  • Channel guides for cables
  • Largest hookup radius in the industry
  • Motorhome mounted
  • Solid stainless steel inner arms

Cons

  • Only good for vehicles weighing less than 6,000 pounds

The Falcon All-Terrain (model 522) is Roadmaster's best selling RV tow bar, and for good reason.

It offers a reasonable price, good towing capacity, and outstanding All-Terrain features. Therefore, if you have a small to medium-sized vehicle (under 6,000 pounds), this bar is perfect for you.

Continue Reading Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar Review

What About Blue Ox Tow Bars?

Why are we not recommending a single Blue Ox tow bar? After all, they are a very well known brand in RV tow bars.

So, what's up?

With the exception of all but their latest tow bar (the Blue Ox Avail), all of the Blue Ox Tow Bars suffer from binding issues when the towed car is in certain positions.

This makes it virtually impossible for one person to disconnect the toad from the motorhome. See the below video for more on this binding issue.

While a Blue Ox Tow Bar may be less expensive initially than the Roadmaster Tow Bars that we recommend, we feel strongly that the Blue Ox Tow Bar binding issue (when you are on anything but flat, level ground) is enough to make us not recommend them.

All of the recommended Roadmaster Tow Bars have their patented 'Freedom Latch' that allows you to easily disconnect your toad no matter what angle or incline it is at.

This lack of binding, no matter what position your toad is in, makes the minimal cost difference more than worth it by eliminating a huge aggravation factor.

Tow Bar Binding, Or Why To Choose A Roadmaster Tow Bar

Vehicle Mounting Brackets

Purchasing one of the above RV tow bars is only half of the equation.

You also must purchase (and install) the appropriate mounting bracket for the front of your towed vehicle. This mounting bracket is vehicle specific.

This is why Roadmaster cannot include a bracket with the purchase of your car tow bar. Roadmaster offers two different styles of brackets.

One that uses a full-length crossbar and one that doesn't. 

Why in the world are there two different styles?

The style of bracket that uses the full-length crossbar allows you to install tow bar accessories such as a rock shield (to protect the front of your vehicle).

If you aren't into these accessories, then you can purchase the bracket version that doesn't use the crossbar.

See the below video for further explanation (after all, a picture is worth a thousand words, or something like that).

The two different bracket styles are as follows:
  • XL (also called EZ4): Uses the full-length crossbar and is compatible with Roadmaster accessories. If you purchase the Sterling All-Terrain tow bar, then this is the style of mounting bracket you need as it is compatible with the Sterling's EZ Hook safety cables.
  • MX (also called EZ5): The tow bar connects directly to this style bracket, eliminating the use of the full-length crossbar. These brackets ARE NOT compatible with the available Roadmaster accessories, nor are they compatible with the Sterling All-Terrain tow bar, which requires the XL/EZ4 style for it's EZ Hook safety cables.

To find out which vehicle specific bracket you need, visit Roadmaster's interactive bracket selection guide.

Once you select your vehicle year, make, and model, you will see the available bracket part numbers. When you click on the part number, you will see the installation manual (PDF).

It will show you what exactly needs to be done to install the mounting bracket on your particular vehicle.

You can then decide if this is a job you want to tackle, or if you would prefer to have a professional do the work for you.

Difference In Roadmaster Mounting Bracket Styles

Roadmaster RV Tow Bar Accessories

One of the hazards of towing a vehicle behind your motorhome is that debris kicked up from your RV can damage the front of your toad. 

To greatly reduce the chance of flying debris from cracking your toad's windshield, paint, or headlights, consider using either the Roadmaster Tow Defender or Roadmaster Guardian. 

Heck, if you wanted to get wild and crazy, both protective devices can be used at the same time.

Roadmaster Tow Defender

The Roadmaster Tow Defender is a heavy-duty screen that fits horizontally between your motorhome and your towed vehicle. It prevents debris kicked up by your RV from hitting your toad. 

It uses shock-absorbing gas struts to compress the screen when you are turning and rolls up for easy storage behind your rig.

Roadmaster Tow Defender
Roadmaster Tow Defender

Struts compress in a turn

Roadmaster Tow Defender stored

Rolls up neatly

Roadmaster Tow Defender Features and Specs:
  • 20 square feet of protection for a bumper-to-bumper blanket of protection
  • Weight: 14.5 pounds
  • Rolls up to 4" diameter for easy storage
  • Reinforced seams and gussets for long life
  • Powder-coated steel supports
  • Shock absorbing gas struts that compress during cornering to 'compress' screen during turns
  • Fits XL/EZ4 style brackets that use the quick disconnect crossbar. Not compatible with MX/EZ5 style brackets.

Roadmaster Tow Defender


Roadmaster Guardian

The Roadmaster Guardian is made from rotationally molded, high-impact polyethylene plastic.

It protects the nose of your towed vehicle from debris kicked up by your motorhome.

No, it doesn't necessarily protect your windshield, so if that is a concern, the Roadmaster Tow Defender (above) is a better choice. 

Or, you can use both the Guardian and the Tow Defender.

Roadmaster Guardian
Roadmaster Guardian installed
Roadmaster Guardian Features and Specs:
  • Made from high-impact polyethylene plastic
  • Protects the front of your toad from rocks and other debris kicked up by your motorhome
  • Fits XL/EZ4 style brackets that use the quick disconnect cross bar. Not compatible with MX/EZ5 style brackets.

Roadmaster Guardian


Roadmaster Stowaway

The Roadmaster Stowaway stores the Roadmaster Guardian (see above) at the rear of your motorhome when your toad is disconnected from your rig. 

It slides over your tow bar's stinger to allow for easy storage of your Guardian.

There is a drop-down collar with pull-pin that lets you easily remove the Stowaway and access a rear engine compartment.

Roadmaster Stowaway
Roadmaster Stowaway installed on motorhome

Roadmaster Stowaway

RV Tow Dolly Reviews

RV tow dollies are a good alternative to RV tow bars if you have a vehicle that cannot be flat towed (towed on all four wheels).

A tow dolly works best with front-wheel drive vehicles since the 'drive' wheels are off the ground.

While it is possible to tow a rear wheel drive vehicle with an RV tow dolly, you have to get a driveline disconnect kit so that the rear (drive) wheels don't 'turn' the transmission and damage it.

While there are several manufacturers of RV tow dollies, we chose Demco as our top pick.

Furthermore, we chose the Demco Kar Kaddy SS (their top of the line tow dolly) as the best RV tow dolly for a couple of reasons.

While you read more about the Demco Kar Kaddy SS in the below review, we will point out a couple of features that set this tow dolly apart from the competition.

First, it folds up to less than half its unfolded length for easier storage both at home and at the campground.

Also, it offers a steering axle that allows tighter cornering without putting unnecessary stress on your towed vehicle. 

Best RV Tow Dolly

Demco Kar Kaddy SS

Demco Kar Kaddy SS RV tow dolly

Pros

  • Folds for easy storage
  • Hydraulic surge disc brakes
  • Steerable axle for tighter turns
  • Galvanized finish for long life
  • Adjustable towed vehicle tread width to fit a large number of toads

Cons

  • Some assembly (one-time) required
  • Heavy which makes it hard to maneuver by hand (when storing, etc) on uneven or soft surfaces

The Demco Kar Kaddy SS is a great RV tow caddy that offers ease of use, with industry-leading features.

If you can't (or don't want to) use an RV tow bar for the vehicle you are towing behind your motorhome, then the Kar Kaddy SS (Space Saver) deserves serious consideration.

It's not the cheapest on the market, but its features that make the expense worth it.

Continue Reading Demco Kar Kaddy SS Review

Conclusion

By now, you understand that the choice on whether to tow 4 down or on an RV tow dolly depends on your RVing style and needs. 

It's up to you to review the pros and cons of each and come up with your conclusion.

Whichever you choose, have a ball camping out there!

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He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.


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Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit. 

  • Purchasing a 2012 Class A diesel with air brakes and plan to tow a 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit with the RoadMaster Sterling. Can you comment on recommended braking systems? Also, do the optional shields add more air drag when towing?

    • Hey Scott,

      Nice toad! I started my full-timing journey with a 2014 Grand Cherokee. Wish I still had it, but unfortunately it had the small engine so it wasn’t the ideal tow vehicle for my travel trailer.

      You can check out our towed vehicle braking systems page.

      I don’t think the added shields add any additional drag, or at least any you’ll notice towing a fairly heavy toad and driving a very heavy Class A RV.

      The rear of the RV will be a mess as far as air flow and aerodynamics. The airflow back there is going to be so ‘dirty’ that I’d find it really hard to believe you’d notice adding a shield in front of your towed vehicle, that itself is going to be dealing with that ‘dirty air’.

  • You stated that there were three (3) tow dollies but you only reviewed 1. Where are the other 2?
    The Demco KarKaddy which we used for 2 years was all kinds of trouble. The car came loose about Every 40 miles which required a stop to reposition the vehicle and re-tie down the vehicle. The best tow dollies are built for U-haul We towed our car from Phenix AZ to Mesquite TX, a distance of 1078 miles. We checked it every time we stopped and it NEVER came loose! We wish that U-Haul would sell the dollies because renting them is not $ efficient when you are full time RVers, but so far we have not found any dealer who would.

    • Hey Steve,

      We never state that there are 3 tow dollies. We state we chose 3 tow bars, but tow bars are far different than tow dollies.

      This is what we say about tow dollies: “While there are several manufacturers of RV tow dollies, we have chosen Demco as our top pick.”

      Which Demco KarKaddy did you have? There are three models.

      Did you ever contact Demco about this issue you were having? Sounds like something was not correct with the tie down method. It’s always best to contact the manufacturer if you have a product issue/question. They are the experts and are there to help.

      U-haul doesn’t sell products. They rent products. They are a rental company and make a lot more money renting than they would if they sold products.

      You also contacted us via our contact form. As stated there, we don’t answer product questions submitted via the contact form, so I will answer the one question you asked separately there: “are you being paid by Demco not to show them?” (the other dolly manufacturers).

      As I state above, we don’t say there are two other manufacturers. I’m curious where you saw that.

      Also, please note at the top of every page we discuss products, we state the following: “Camp Addict does NOT accept payment from any company to review or endorse their products.”

      So, no, we don’t take money from Demco, or ANY manufacturer to either showcase their product, or to not include a competitor’s product.

      Kelly and I are VERY serious about being a non-biased, accurate source for RV products and information. We want to be the RVers source for RV answers and we cannot do this by thinking short term and being bought off. This is just not how we operate.

      Camp Addict is a brand that we want you, the RVer, to trust. This cannot happen if we aren’t honest and up front with how we operate.

  • Hi – I was quite interested in this review after just having a year of “fun” trying to unhitch my Fiat 500 from a Blue Ox tow bar. This is exciting if the Roadmaster All-terrain can work but was wondering about your thoughts on the Demco Commander as they claim to be non-binding also? Thank you

    • Hi Connie,

      Yeah, our understanding is that Blue Ox tow bars can be a lot of “fun” at times.

      The Demco Commander looks interesting, but we like the Roadmaster over it for a few reasons: The Roadmaster has the wiring running thru it (as opposed to being clipped on the outside) so there is more protection. Roadmaster has a HUGE selection of adapters so they’ll fit pretty much any flat-towable vehicle made. And Roadmaster designs a really nice, well tested, well received tow bar.

      Hope that helps, and may easier days of unhitching your Fiat be in your future!

  • We just bought the Roadmaster Falcon All-terrain non-binding tow bar. Plan to tow a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Can anyone tell me how durable they are on off-road towing? Rough roads? We like to dry camp off the beaten path. We tow with a 1-ton diesel with a cabover camper. Thank you kindly for a reply.

    • They’ll handle rough roads – up to a point. When in doubt, unhitch and drive. But, unless it’s getting really hairy you’ll probably be fine.

      Both Kelly and I pretty exclusively boondock so we go some interesting places. Friends that join us (and have toads) are split in whether they unhitch or not. It often boils down to how comfortable they are with the road.

      If there are two of you, we’d recommend erring on the safe side and driving both vehicles separately down anything but the best dirt roads. You’re going to have to unhitch eventually, right? Might as well do it sooner than later.

      Enjoy getting off the beaten path! Sounds like you have a pretty nice setup.

  • Thank you for all the information. We are leaning toward a tow dolly but have a question regarding the brand. We have read rave reviews about the Demco Kar Kaddy as but do you have any information on the Acme tow dolly, the one with the disc brakes.

    • Hey Janet!

      We don’t have any information on the Acme tow dolly. Keep in mind that the Demco Kar Kaddy we feature on this page also has disc brakes, and as you mentioned, it is a very well regarded brand.

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

    • Acme is a very good tow dolly at half the price of the demco. Just got one with surge brakes. Easy setup. Only need to install the fenders. Only issues which are minor is adjustment of winches to your car and leaving the steering wheel unlocked. It was worth it.

  • This a very good summarization of the information needed to get started. I think we have decided on the dolly first. We may even rent one first to get used to it. Thanks.

    • Glad to hear this helped! If you can rent a dolly, that will definitely let you know if that’s the right solution for you. Good luck and Camp On!

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