Dinghy towing safely starts with research
There’s more to dinghy towing than simply attaching your towable to your motorhome and heading down the road. Making sure your motorhome and towable are setup for safe dinghy towing requires taking a number of safety precautions beforehand.

Here is how to dinghy tow safely in 5 easy steps:

1. Make sure your towable is able to be dinghy towed

Remco Lube Pump

The first step to safe dinghy towing is to determine if your vehicle is able to be setup for dinghy towing. Driveline disconnects, transmission lube pumps and a number of other guidelines may be necessary to set your vehicle up for dinghy towing. Check to see if your vehicle is dinghy towable by going to Torklift Central’s dinghy towing app and consult your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that if your owners manual says it’s not able to be towed, there still may be readily available, tested and safe methods to enable you to dinghy tow, including tow dollies and car trailers.

Take a look at the Remco Lube Pump here.

2. Inspect the chassis of your coach

Nearly 70 percent of motorhome owners overload their coach during dinghy towing. The reason for this is that most motorhomes have a weak connection point in their frame chassis that is created during the manufacturing process to lengthen the chassis of the coach. For these coaches, Torklift Central performs a chassis frame upgrade to reinforce the weak point in the frame and ensure your motorhome tow weight rating is sufficient to handle the weight of your towable. Failure to pay close attention to the limits of your RV’s frame chassis capacity can lead to serious damage to your RV and potential towing system failure and injury.

3. Install an auxiliary braking system

SMI Stay-In-Play Duo auxiliary braking system

Towing a vehicle behind your motorhome dramatically increases your stopping distances in both normal and emergency braking situations. Installing an auxiliary braking system with proportional braking capability that makes your towable’s brakes mirror the braking of your coach is the safest way to ensure safe braking while dinghy towing. Being able to go is important; being able to stop is a critical safety factor.

Take a look at the SMI Stay-In-Play Duo here.

4. Select a towbar with non-binding technology

Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain

Choosing a towbar that is equipped with non-binding technology will save you a headache and help guarantee your towable is properly secured to your motorhome. Towbars such as the Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain secure and release with the flip of a lever to make sure your towbar does not bind.

Take a look at the Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain here.

5. Have your dinghy tow rig inspected by professionals

Having a professional facility such as Torklift Central that specializes in the RV and towing industry inspect your dinghy tow rig is always the best way to guarantee your safety.
Whether you already have a list of dinghy towing products in mind or need to start the process from scratch, Torklift Central can recommend everything you need to hit the road like a pro.

Contact us today to learn more!

Get Out And Go Dinghy towing your way at Torklift Central.

Torklift Central

315 Central Ave N Kent, WA 98032
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