Matt Johnson

Navigating the Road: Choosing the Best RV Tow Vehicle

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Aug 26, 2023Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Whether you’re a seasoned RVer or just starting, there’s a compass point that you can’t overlook: finding the perfect 4×4 tow truck for your camper. Picture it as picking the ideal companion for a journey that’s equal parts safe and exhilarating. To set you on the right path, let’s break down the key factors that make choosing the best RV tow vehicle a breeze.

Tow package: Size and weight of your camper.

Truck Towing a Fifth Wheel

Think of your camper as the star of the show, but behind every star is a supporting cast – in this case, the trailer weight. Balancing your camper’s dry weight with the gears and essentials you’re carrying is your starting line. Once you know your camper weight, you can look at SUVs and pickup trucks with a high enough tow rating to keep everything moving smoothly. 

Consider the trim level of these vehicles, as well as the availability of a trailer hitch for easy towing. For instance, a 2023 Jeep with the highest towing capacity and a 10-speed automatic transmission could be a great option. If you’re looking for even more power, a full-size truck with a tow hitch might be the right fit, but keep an eye on fuel economy.

Max towing: Plotting the terrain ahead.

Are you planning on towing your camper off-road with rugged trails and untamed landscapes? Then, you’ll need a 4×4 SUV or pickup truck. A 4×4 has added traction and ground clearance to handle rough terrain. Yet, if your heart yearns for the hum of smooth pavement, a reliable midsize 2×4 towing sidekick will suffice.

Budgeting wisely for the journey.

When choosing the right towing four-wheel drive, a well-set budget is like your compass, keeping you on course. Towing vehicles span a wide price range, so knowing your financial boundaries ensures you’re looking in the right lane without straying off-road.

The road less traveled: Extras to consider for your tow vehicle.

While the core trio of weight, terrain, and budget steer your ship, there are other factors to navigate—

  • The tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. A towing vehicle’s ability to handle extra weight is a crucial consideration. It ensures the vehicle can safely carry in addition to the camper without problems.
  • The tow vehicle’s engine. A powerful engine becomes your ace in the hole and will give you the extra power you need to tow a heavy camper.
  • The tow vehicle’s towing features. Look for extras like trailer brakes, sway control, and backup cameras. These features can make towing your camper easier and provide a safety toolkit for your journey.

Once you’ve considered all these factors, you can choose the best towing vehicle for your camper. 

How to choose the best towing vehicle.

Before you hit the road, let’s take a look into the art of finding the best RV tow vehicle, where informed choices and careful considerations pave the way for miles of boundless travel—

  1. Expert eye. Let a qualified mechanic give your potential towing vehicle a once-over before sealing the deal.
  2. Title and condition. Keep your compass pointed toward clean titles and impeccable conditions.
  3. Triple-check trio. Brakes, tires, and suspension need your attention to ensure a smooth voyage.
  4. Real road test. A test drive with your camper in tow offers insights that brochures can’t provide.
  5. Braking bond. A trailer brake controller is your ally for safe and controlled stops.
  6. Routine TLC. Regular maintenance cements a lasting bond between you and your towing companion.

Extra care for your traveling. 

Once your towing companion is set, shift gears to camper care. Here are some additional services that you may need—

  • RV windshield repair. If your camper’s windshield is cracked or chipped, you’ll need to have it repaired. A professional RV windshield repair service can fix the damage and make your camper safe to drive again.
  • Tire replacement. There’s nothing more critical than good tires on your RV. For RVs that sit in uncovered storage, dry-rotting tires might be a problem, so getting those replaced should be at the top of your list.
  • Car audio installation. If you want to add a car audio system to your camper, you’ll need to hire a professional. A car audio installer can guarantee you get the best sound quality possible.

Final pit stop: Mastering your towing adventure.

Before you rev up your engine and hit the road, here’s one last pit stop to fine-tune your towing adventure— 

  1. Mindful packing. Packing your camper efficiently isn’t just an art; it’s a science. Distribute the weight evenly, placing heavier items lower and closer to the axle. 
  2. Safety first. Make sure your camper’s tires are properly inflated, your brakes are in top-notch condition, and all connections are secure. 
  3. Eyes on the rearview. Mirrors are your allies – use them wisely. Invest in towing mirrors that provide an extended view of what’s behind you. You might even consider a tow camera that goes on the back of your RV.
  4. Weather watch. Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so always check the weather forecast. Rain, wind, or uneven road conditions can impact your towing experience. 
  5. Emergency essentials. Just like a seasoned traveler packs a first aid kit, your towing journey deserves its essentials. 

Some of these might seem obvious, but we’ve seen it all. We’ve seen travel trailers flip over in high winds and blowouts on the side of the road. Always double-check your rig before your hit the road.

Tow with peace of mind!

So there you have it – the road map to choosing the best RV tow vehicle. By taking care of your camper and getting the necessary services, you can keep it in good condition and enjoy many years of use.

With these tips at your fingertips, you’re not just choosing a towing vehicle; you’re choosing a partner in adventure, a co-pilot in memories, and a guarantee of countless miles of joy.

About the Author

Jeremy Keller leads the Content Marketing team for Elite Towing, a locally-owned, family-run business in Casa Grande, AZ, that provides high-quality towing services to both residential and commercial customers. He enjoys photography and doing drone videographies in his spare time.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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