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Dinghy Towing | Family Motor Coach Association

These are general guidelines. Always check the owners manuals for complete instructions before towing a vehicle behind a motorhome.

Some towed vehicles require fuse removal, a special shift sequence or other special steps before and during towing. Follow the owners manual instructions precisely to avoid costly damage to your towed vehicle.

When towing four wheels down, leave the ignition switch in the "unlocked," or "accessory," position. (If you are towing a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with a tow dolly and, therefore, have the front wheels on the ground, turn the wheels straight ahead and place the ignition switch in the "lock" position.)

Release the parking brake. The keys will remain in the ignition switch. Unless the owners manual states differently, place the transmission gear-shift selector in the "neutral" position.

Before closing all the windows and locking the doors, make sure you have an extra set of keys with you, as your original keys will be in the ignition. Once you reach your destination, make sure that you do not leave the car doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition.

Before starting out on a trip, check all of the lights on the motorhome and on the towed vehicle to make sure they are operating properly. There are times when you are first towing a vehicle that the turn signals will not flash or will flash only very slowly. This indicates that the turn signal flasher must be changed to accommodate the additional bulbs (resistance) that are now in the circuit.

When starting out, position the front wheels of the towed vehicle straight ahead and start off slowly. Once you reach your destination, apply the towed car's parking brake before you unhitch the vehicle. This will prevent the towed vehicle from rolling once the motorhome has been released.

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