These RV Makers Put the Super in 2024 Super C Luxury Motorhomes

When an RV manufacturer produces something with super in the name, you know its extra special. These 2024 Super C luxury motorhomes live up to that expectation. A handful of the biggest RV manufacturers offer this high end RV option. In this article, you’ll learn what sets their chassis, floor plans, appliances, and amenities apart from the rest.

Let’s take a look at four favorite 2024 Super C luxury motorhomes.

First, what exactly is a Super C motorhome?

As it turns out there is extensive debate among RVers about the exact definition of a Super C motorhome. “A true Super C is on a minimum Class 6 but more often on a Class 7 or 8 truck Chassis such as a Freightliner M2 or Cascadia. A Super C will tow 20,000 pounds or more,” explains iRV2 Forums member scott.bryan.

Many RV manufacturers call their beefed-up Class C motorhome a Super C model even though it sits on a truck chassis that’s lighter than a Class 7.

But generally speaking here’s what most RVers can agree on when it comes to the definition of a Class C motorhome.

Super C motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Super C motorhomes are built on a more robust, medium or heavy-duty chassis than a regular Class C. As a result, a Super C can tow heavier loads than a regular Class C or Class A motorhome.

The Super C motorhome engine location makes this type of RV easier to get serviced. Any commercial truck repair shop can work on it as opposed to Class A motorhomes (diesel pushers) with engines that only RV service centers know how to repair.

Aerodynamics of the Super C motorhome design and heavier chassis gives it more stability in heavy winds than any other motorhome.

Safety is another standout feature of all Super Cs. Their chassis are built by commercial truck manufacturers like Freightliner and Volvo, all of which are required to install driver and passenger airbags in cabs. RV manufacturers are not required to install airbags in their smaller motorhome models.

A Super C motorhome resembles a regular Class C motorhome with that trademark cab over engine design but that’s about where it stops. The more robust chassis, heavier towing capacity, and structural integrity of the Super C motorhome makes it a standout option for greater safety, towability, and maneuverability than other RVs of similar length and sleeping capacity.

All of these factors are what give Super C motorhomes a loyal fan base and a higher price tag as you’ll see in these 2024 models. Keep in mind that MSRP fluctuates. Prices may be slightly lower or higher by the time you read this.

Four fabulous 2024 Super C motorhomes

It’s tricky to pick the best overall Super C motorhome because every buyer is looking for something different. Some rank storage capacity over towing abilities and vice versa. But in general these models all have great selling points that make them worth further investigation if you’re in the market.

Super C motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

1. Most Affordable Super C: Thor Omni LV35

First up is the Thor Omni LV35 from Thor Motor Coach. The Ford F550 XLT chassis that it sits on falls in that gray area of “Is it a Super C or isn’t it?” Some may argue that it’s not a true Super C. But the low entry-point cost of this 4×4 rig makes it a solid all-around choice for anyone interested in test driving a Super C motorhome with one of the lowest MSRPs in 2024.

Chassis: Ford F550 XLT

Engine: F600 Power Stroke® 4×4 Turbo Diesel V8

Length: 36 feet, 4 inches

Hitch: 12,000 pounds

GVWR: 22,000 pounds

MRSP: $293,823

Measuring at just over 36 feet long, the size is fairly manageable on the roads and inside campgrounds. The four-wheel drive capabilities also gives excellent maneuverability for backcountry boondocking.

This model has an interior height of 84-inches and has sleeping space for up to four passengers to enjoy one king and one queen-sized bed. With 75-gallons of fresh water tank capacity, 80-gallons of waste water tank space, and a 500-watt solar electric power system, it’s a great choice for a first-time Super C motorhome buyer.

Newmar Supreme Super C motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. Best Luxury Super C: Newmar Supreme Aire 4509

Newmar is famous for luxurious Class A motorhomes but this Newmar 2024 Supreme Aire Super C motorhome is worth a look for anyone thinking about joining the Super C owners’ community.

Chassis: Freightliner® M2 112

Engine: 525 horsepower Detroit Diesel DD12

Length: 44 feet, 11 inches

Hitch: 30,000 pounds

GVWR: 58,000 pounds

MRSP: $725,496

Available in four different floorplans, the 4509 version can sleep up to eight and features a bunkhouse design with 1.5 baths. This makes it ideal for families or traveling with the grandkids. And if boondocking is your goal, you’re set with the 150-gallon fresh water tank, 100-gallon gray and black tanks, washer/dryer combo, and more luxuries any Newmar buyer will love.

Super C motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. Most Sleeping Capacity: Jayco Seneca Prestige 37L

Super C motorhome owners love the extra sleeping capacity built into this RV. Jayco’s 2024 Seneca Prestige 37L has one of the highest sleeping capacities with bed options for up to nine people. Take the whole family along for the ride and enjoy features like:

Chassis: Freightliner® S2RV Plus

Engine: Cummins® ISB 6.7L

Length: 39 feet, 4 inches

Hitch: 12,000 pounds

GVWR: 31,000 pounds

MRSP: $382,050

Jayco packs a ton of standard features into a Super C less than 40 feet long. From the 8,000W diesel generator with auto-gen start to the Thetford Sani-Con Turbo Macerator System, Aqua-Hot® 250D hydronic water and heating system, walk-around king size bed and 5,000 btu thermostat-controlled electric fireplace, this rig has everything necessary for comfortable camping adventures.

Entegra Accolade Super C motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Best for Full-Time Living: Entegra Accolade 37K

Short camping adventures are fun but when you’re searching for a full-time RV home, the Entegra Accolade Super C is a strong contender worth considering.

Chassis: Freightliner® S2RV

Engine: Cummins® ISB 6.7L 360 HP diesel engine

Length: 39 feet, 4 inches

Hitch: 21,000 pounds

GVWR: 31,000 pounds

MRSP: $350,000

Super C’s have a reputation for not having as much storage as Class A motorhomes but this one defies stereotypes. Entegra built the Accolade with enormous pass-through, water-tight storage capacity in the chassis.

The rear section has a spacious king size bedroom and spacious bathroom. Hidden in a storage compartment is a stackable RV washer/dryer combo which takes away the drudgery of heading to the laundromat on laundry day.

The rest of the vehicle is dedicated to a cozy living room/kitchen combination. Kick back on the 93-inch reclining sofa, enjoy cozy dinners in the dinette, and relax with the fireplace and mounted entertainment center. A large-scale outdoor entertainment center with exterior refrigerator option can move your RV parties outdoors when the weather’s just right.

About the only downside to the Entegra are the small holding tanks. At just 72 gallons of fresh water and up to 90 gallons of waste tanks space, you won’t be boondocking for too long if you give it a try with this rig. But overall, if you want to RV full-time in style and comfort, the Entegra Accolade 37K is a great choice.

I hope this Super C motorhome roundup gives you a better idea of their value. Now you know what makes Super C RVs different from regular Class C motorhomes. Are you interested in learning more? Here are some articles to help:

Worth Pondering…

No matter where we go in our motorhome, that sense of independence is satisfying. We have our own facilities, from comfortable bed to a fridge full of our favorite foods. We set the thermostat the way we like it and go to bed and get up in our usual routine.

June 2024 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 13 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

Is your RV on the list? A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired.

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall, creating a safety risk for you and your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

Thousands of RVs are affected by the latest RV recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Before you head out for summer camping, check the latest roundup of NHTSA recalls to see if your RV is affected.

What is a recall?

It’s always important to keep up with the latest recalls, no matter how small the issue may appear to be. Each week, NHTSA publishes the latest information on recalls from minor to major defects. NHTSA releases its most recent list of recalls each Monday.

When a manufacturer or the NHTSA determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

Per strict NHTSA protocols, manufacturers will next notify its dealer partners of the recall notice. Each notice will include details of the affected vehicles as well as the appropriate remedy.

It should be noted that RV recalls are related to vehicle safety and not product quality. NHTSA has no interest in an air conditioner failing to cool or slide out failing to extend or retract—unless they can be directly attributed to product safety.

Information on previous safety recalls follow:

NHTSA announced 13 recall notices during June 2024. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (4 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (3 recalls), Grand Design (1 recall), Host (1 recall), Foretravel (1 recall), Eveland’s (1 recall), Airstream (1 recall), and Jayco (1 recall).

Countryside RV Park, Dillon, Montana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2024 Sabre fifth wheels. The emergency exit window was not installed on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Dealers will install an emergency exit window, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 10, 2024. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 62-1785.

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2024 Puma travel trailers. The amber side marker light may not have been installed on one side of the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Dealers will install intermediate amber clearance lights, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 10, 2024. Owners may contact customer service at 1-574-642-0488. Forest River’s number for this recall is 425-1787.

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2024 Forest River Rainier, Stealth Evo, Salem, Vibe, and Wildwood travel trailers. The tire may contact the vehicle body due to insufficient clearance, which can cause tire damage.

Dealers will install taller shackles and equalizers, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 10, 2024. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-503-831-5410. Forest River’s number for this recall is 22-1789.

Aspen Grove RV Park, Tremonton, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2004-2024 Cedar Creek and 2006-2024 Puma fifth wheels trailers. The overcurrent protection from the trailer battery may have been incorrectly routed, allowing the wires to be pulled out of the junction box.

Dealers will reroute the wires to the protected side of the mini-beaker, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 14, 2024. Owners may contact Puma customer service at 1-574-642-0588 or Cedar Creek customer service at 260-593-4000. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1786.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2025 Thor Tranquility and Sanctuary motorhomes. A 50 AMP circuit breaker was incorrectly installed when a 20 AMP breaker is required, which can result in overheated wiring.

Dealers will install a 20 AMP circuit breaker, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 6, 2024. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000305.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2024-2025 Indigo and Luminate motorhomes. The heat shield that protects the propane tank from engine exhaust may be too short, which can cause the propane tank to become overheated.

Dealers will install an overlapping heat shield, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 6, 2024. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000306.

River Sands RV Resort, Ehrenburg, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2023-2024 Omni and Magnitude motorcoaches. The emergency exit window could be blocked while outside griddle is in use.

Dealers will relocate the emergency exit window, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to begin August 14, 2024. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020.

Grand Design

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2023 Solitude fifth wheels. Loose or missing fasteners on the refrigerator cooling unit can allow excessive movement of the unit, possibly causing the propane line to crack and leak.

Dealers will inspect the refrigerator, and repair or replace it as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 12, 2024. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910043.

Host

HOST INDUSTRIES (Host) is recalling certain 2022-2025 Host Mammoth, Yukon, Cascade, Tahoe, and Everest trailers. The LED backlight circuit board in the cooktop range may fail, causing the board to overheat.

Dealers will cut the circuit powering the LED backlights and terminate the wiring, or remove the LED backlights, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed June 4, 2024. Owners may contact Host customer service at 1-541-330-2328 ext. 5.

Foretravel

Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling certain 2020 IC-37 vehicles equipped with a Multiplex G9 circuit unit used for controlling equipment and accessories in the motorhome. Excessive voltage may cause the components on the circuit board to become damaged.

Dealers will add a circuit protection module to the existing component board, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 15, 2024. Owners may contact Foretravel customer service at 1-800-955-6226.

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, Mississippi © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Eveland’s

Eveland’s Inc. (Eveland’s) is recalling certain 2024 Scamp trailers. The LED backlight circuit board in the cooktop range may fail, causing the board to overheat.

Dealers will cut the circuit powering the LED backlights and terminate the wiring, or remove the LED backlights, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed June 17, 2024. Owners may contact Eveland’s customer service at 1-218-947-4932.

Airstream

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2024 Interstate motorhomes. The 12-volt in-line fuse that provides back-up power to the water heater/furnace system was not installed.

Dealers will install a 12-volt fuse, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to begin August 8, 2024. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at support@airstream.com, 1-877-596-6505 or 1-937-596-611 ext. 7401.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2024 Jay Feather travel trailers. A14-inch spare tire was mistakenly installed when the tire placard information is based on a 15-inch tire. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Dealers will replace the spare tire, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 19, 2024. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901609.

Please Note: This is the 64th in a series of posts relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.

—Martin Van Buren

Best Toad for RVing?

If you’ve been around enough RVers, you’ve probably heard the term toad once or twice. It’s not a special pet that motorhome owners have. You won’t find one in an aquarium or zoo. So what is an RV toad and why do you need one if you own a motorhome?

Motorhomes are awesome: they bring the home along with you no matter where you go. But on the other hand, they can be pretty unwieldy for smaller trips—like that moment when you remember you forgot to bring Pringles and realize that running to the store to get them would mean breaking down camp, packing everything up, and then driving your hulking 40-foot beast to the grocery store.

While many different types of vehicles can be towed (often referred to as toad) behind a motorhome, there’s one important caveat: only certain vehicles can be flat towed or towed with their four wheels on the asphalt.

No, I am not talking about taking an amphibious creature RVing with us. In the RV world, the word toad is slang for a towed vehicle. It’s a silly wordplay that brings a smile to RVers’ faces much like a stinky slinky and other RV terminology. A towed vehicle is also often called a dinghy like on a ship.

But I digress. This article is about the most popular toad vehicles that RVers tow behind their rigs.

When your home-on-wheels is a large motorhome like ours you need a more nimble way to get around. No one wants to break camp and prepare the RV for travel mode just to go to a trailhead, or a restaurant, or for a quick trip to the nearest market.

You don’t want to fire up the Class A (or even a Class C for that matter) to explore a small town or nearby natural wonder or to navigate tight city streets. And if you did where would you park the big thing when you get there?

First, let’s take a quick look at how you can tow a vehicle behind a motorhome.

Flat towing behind Class A motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

How do you tow a vehicle behind your motorhome?

There are three primary ways to tow a vehicle behind a motorhome. You can flat tow (4 wheels down), tow on a dolly (front wheels up), or pull a trailer carrying the entire vehicle (either open or enclosed). You’ll want to do some research based on your motorhome and tow capacity and be sure to prioritize safety.

Flat towing

With flat towing, the vehicle you’re towing behind your motorhome has all four wheels on the ground.

The front of the tow vehicle attaches to the motorhome’s hitch receiver with a tow bar. This also requires that the front of your car has a tow package installed including a base plate.

This is the way we’ve been towing during the entire time we’ve been on the road (going on three decades!) and we think it’s the simplest, easiest way to bring a car along. But not all vehicles can be towed with all four wheels on the ground. You’ll want to consult a dinghy towing guide for a list of cars that are capable of safely being flat-towed.

Dolly towing

Dolly towing is when the two front tires of your towed vehicle are on a two-wheel dolly and the back tires are on the road. The dolly attaches to your motorhome’s hitch like a trailer and you secure the car’s front wheels with straps.

More time is required to hook up your vehicle this way and you’ll need to have space in your campsite for it. But dolly towing provides additional options for the types of vehicles you can safely tow. And it works well if you have more than one car that you want to be able to bring with you (one at a time, of course) since it doesn’t require anything to be permanently installed in the car like with flat towing. It’s also usually less expensive than a tow bar and baseplate and the installation required to install it.

Trailer towing behind Class A motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Trailer towing

With trailer towing, you drive your tow vehicle onto, or into an open or enclosed cargo trailer, strap it down, and pull the trailer behind your RV. This makes it possible to bring virtually ANY vehicle along, assuming (1) it fits in/on the trailer and (2) the weight of it and the trailer don’t exceed your towing capacity or take your rig above its maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR).

Similar to dolly towing, even more consideration needs to be taken for where you’ll store the trailer when it’s not in use. Most campsites won’t have enough space for your RV, your towed car, AND a trailer. And some may not allow it or charge extra even if there IS space.

What to look for in a tow-behind vehicle to maximize exploration

Bringing a toad along is all about maximizing convenience and opportunities for exploration. This could be anything from off-roading in the desert to driving a scenic byway or simply having a smaller car to run errands after parking your motorhome and setting up camp. Knowing what kinds of adventures you and your family enjoy will help to steer you toward the best vehicle to tow behind your motorhome.

Flat towing behind Class A motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Towing method preference

The first step in looking for a vehicle is determining how you want to tow. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and low-maintenance towing method, flat towing is ideal. Depending on your tow bar system, it will likely take you no more than a few minutes to connect or disconnect your vehicle.

For some people, the biggest drawback to flat-towing may be the limitations it places on car choice since most cars can’t be flat-towed without damaging their driveline. But if you’re happy with a vehicle that can be flat-towed, that drawback is eliminated.

As previously noted, dolly towing can be a little more time-consuming than flat towing. Getting the front of the vehicle onto the dolly may take practice. Having a dolly also means caring for two more tires (the ones on the dolly itself). You may also need a place to store your dolly when it’s not in use. Keep this in mind when booking a campsite to make sure you have enough room for your RV, tow vehicle, and dolly.

Trailer towing gives you the most flexibility in terms of the vehicles you can bring along. For example, if you’re planning to travel with both a car and a motorcycle, trailer towing may a great option, especially if it’s enclosed which offers the added benefit of both security and complete protection from the elements. The downside is that it can potentially double the tow weight. Be sure you know how much weight your RV and trailer hitch can handle.

Off-roading

If you’re off-roading, choose a vehicle that maximizes your ability to seek adventure as well as your motorhome’s towing ability. Jeeps are the most common tow vehicles for off-roaders.

Carrying your gear

You can utilize your tow vehicle for carrying gear that doesn’t fit in your motorhome and you’ll also want to consider what types of items you’re likely to carry regularly. For example, our Chevrolet Equinox is perfect for large grocery runs to keep our fridge, pantry, and cupboards well stocked.

Besides gear, there’s of course the consideration for how many people normally or occasionally travel with you. A family of five will have considerably different needs than a couple. Even though there are only two of us, one of the primary reasons we chose our Equinox is because it’s capable of carrying five people, plus cargo. That way, when we’re traveling with friends we can sight-see together wirhout having to take separate vehicles.

Know your weight limits for towing and carrying gear in your tow vehicle, though. A small or midsize SUV means more cargo capacity which means you could exceed the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) for your motorhome and/or the capacity of the hitch receiver on the back of your motorhome.

Class A motorhome with toad © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Can my existing vehicle be flat towed?

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if your vehicle can be towed behind a motorhome. There used to be many cars that were flat towable but today that list has shrunk to just a handful.

There are many vehicles from previous years that are flat-towable. One of the easiest ways to determine this for your vehicle is to check the Owner’s Manual. Go to the Index and look under ‘R’ for the Recreational Towing section (if you don’t see a Recreational Towing section, then your vehicle cannot be flat-towed). Once you’ve located that section, read through the instructions and warnings outlined by the manufacturer. Somewhere in those instructions, they’ll very clearly say whether or not you should tow your vehicle with four wheels down.

Does my vehicle need to be modified to be flat towed?

Just because your vehicle can be towed behind an RV doesn’t mean that you can simply hook it up and go. There are many vehicles that require additional accessories in order to be towable.

As a general rule of thumb, most vehicles made in the last 10 years will typically need either a battery charger or a battery disconnect. To find out if you need either one of those products, double check the Recreational Towing section of your Owner’s Manual again. If the manufacturer says to disconnect your battery then you don’t need a battery charger. If the manufacturer doesn’t specify or if they specifically state not to disconnect the battery then you’ll likely need some kind of battery charger.

However, this is not a one-size-fits-all approach—some vehicles don’t need either of those products while others require things like third-party 12v outlets to power a braking system.

Flat towing behind Class A motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

What 2023-2024 vehicles can be flat towed?

Family RVing Magazine publishes a yearly list of vehicles that can be flat towed. For 2023-2024, they list the following vehicles as being flat towable:

  • Blazer (Chevy)
  • Bronco (Ford)
  • Canyon (GMC)
  • Colorado (Chevy)
  • Corsair Grand Touring Hybrid (Lincoln)
  • Edge (Ford)
  • Encore (Buick)
  • Equinox (Chevy)
  • Escalade (Cadillac)
  • Escape Hybrid (Ford)
  • Expedition (Ford)
  • F-150, 250, 350, & 450 (Ford)
  • Gladiator (Jeep)
  • Grand Cherokee (Jeep)
  • Maverick (Ford)
  • Nautilus Hybrid (Lincoln)
  • Navigator (Lincoln)
  • RAM 1500, 2500, & 3500 (Dodge/RAM)
  • Sierra 1500, 2500 & 3500 (GMC)
  • Silverado 1500, 2500, & 3500 (Chevy)
  • Suburban (Chevy)
  • Tahoe (Chevy)
  • Trailblazer (Chevy)
  • Trax (Chevy)
  • Versa S (Nissan)
  • Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (Jeep)
  • Wrangler (Jeep)
  • Yukon (GMC)
  • Z (Nissan)

While this may feel like a decent number of choices many popular vehicles from years past (such as the Honda CR-V) no longer come in flat-towable models. (It’s worth noting, however, that older models of these cars can still be flat-towed.) As many auto manufacturers continue to simplify their product offerings, it’s likely that this list will continue to shrink in coming years.

Flat towing behind Class A motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

How do I put my car in its towing mode?

This answer is a bit more complex and difficult to answer with a one-size-fits-all solution here. The best thing to do is to consult your Owner’s Manual as I mentioned previously.

Pro tip: If you no longer have your original Owner’s Manual (or don’t have access to it now), try searching for it on the manufacturer’s website. Almost all vehicle manufacturers have online copies of their manuals.

However, as a general rule of thumb the primary thing you’ll do is put your transfer case in neutral so that your wheels can freely rotate as you move (this is a bit more complicated than simply putting your transmission to Neutral and your Recreational Towing section will lay out an exact, step-by-step process for how to do this on your vehicle).

Another very common thing you may need to do is unlock your steering column. In most cases where this is necessary, you’ll have to disconnect your vehicle’s battery. There are some cases, though, where the steering column can be unlocked by leaving the key in a certain position, pulling a fuse, etc. Again, make sure to consult your Owner’s Manual for this part.

How to choose a toad for your motorhome

Choosing a good vehicle to tow behind your motorhome requires careful consideration to ensure that the vehicle is safe, reliable, and easy to tow. Here’s an outline of the steps you should take when choosing a vehicle to tow behind your RV:

  • Determine your motorhome’s towing capacity: The first step in choosing a good vehicle to tow behind your motorhome is to determine its towing capacity. This will help you determine how much weight you can safely tow.
  • Consider the weight of the vehicle: The weight of the vehicle you choose to tow is crucial. You want to make sure that the weight of the vehicle does not exceed your motorhome’s towing capacity. Additionally, you want to choose a vehicle that is light enough to be easily towed by your motorhome.
  • Look for vehicles with flat tow capability: Some vehicles are designed for flat towing which means they can be towed with all four wheels on the ground. This is typically the easiest and most convenient way to tow a vehicle behind a motorhome.
  • Choose a vehicle with a neutral gear option: If the vehicle you choose does not have flat tow capability, make sure it has a neutral gear option. This will allow you to tow the vehicle with two wheels on the ground using a tow dolly. (Though, a flat-tow car is best.)
  • Consider the braking system: Most states require a supplemental braking system for vehicles being towed behind a motorhome. Make sure the vehicle you choose can accommodate a braking system.
  • Check the towing setup compatibility: Make sure the towing setup you have on your motorhome is compatible with the vehicle you choose. To ensure compatibility, you may need to purchase additional equipment such as a baseplate or tow bar.
  • Consider the ease of setup and hookup: Finally, consider how easy the vehicle is to set up and hook up to your motorhome. You want to choose a vehicle that is easy to prepare for towing and doesn’t require a lot of time and effort to hook up to your motorhome.
Class A motorhome with toad © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Manual vs. automatic transmissions for towed vehicles

When choosing a vehicle to tow behind an RV, the type of transmission you choose can impact your towing experience. Here are some considerations when deciding between manual and automatic transmissions for vehicles you tow behind a motorhome.

Manual transmission

Generally, manual transmissions are easier to tow than automatic transmissions because they do not require any special equipment to disengage the transmission from the engine.

However, some manual transmissions require periodic running to lubricate the transmission gears which can be inconvenient while on a road trip.

Manual transmissions are also becoming less common in new vehicles so finding a vehicle with a manual transmission to tow may be more difficult.

Auto transmission

Automatic transmissions require a transmission pump to lubricate the transmission while being towed. This pump is powered by the vehicle’s battery which can drain the battery over time if the vehicle is towed for long distances without being started.

However, many newer vehicles with automatic transmissions are designed to be flat-towed which means that they can be towed without any special equipment to disengage the transmission from the engine.

Automatic transmissions are generally more convenient and easy to drive which can be an advantage if you use the towed vehicle daily during your travels.

Both manual and automatic transmissions can be suitable for towing behind a motorhome and the best vehicle depends on your preferences and the specific vehicle you plan to tow. It’s important to consult the vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for towing the vehicle to ensure a safe and enjoyable towing experience.

Worth Pondering…

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

—Henry Ford