RV, Travel Trailer, and 5th Wheel Towing

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Towing Recreational Vehicles

Whether it is an RV, travel trailer, a fifth wheel, or a motorhome, towing these “homes on wheels” involves specialized equipment and procedures due to their size and weight. Tow truck companies that handle RV towing typically use heavy-duty trucks equipped with features like:

    • Tow Bars or Hitches: Tow trucks often have adjustable hitches or tow bars designed to connect securely to the RV.
    • Towing Capacity: These trucks have a higher towing capacity to handle the weight of RVs, which can vary significantly depending on the size and type of the RV.
    • Specialized Trailers: For larger or more complex RVs, specialized trailers or flatbeds might be used for safer transportation.
    • Proper Loading: Tow truck operators are trained to load RVs securely onto the towing equipment, ensuring weight distribution and stability during transportation.
    • Safety Measures: Proper safety precautions are taken, such as using chains, straps, and other securement methods to keep the RV in place during transit.
    • Experience and Expertise: Tow truck drivers handling RVs usually have specialized training and experience in towing larger vehicles safely.

It’s crucial to hire a reputable towing company such as 888 Tows that are experienced in RV towing to ensure the safety of your vehicle during transportation.

Towing a Fifth Wheel Camper

Towing a fifth-wheel trailer with a tow truck involves specific equipment and techniques due to its unique hitch design:

    • Compatibility: The tow truck needs a compatible hitch system for fifth-wheel trailers. This involves a hitch installed in the bed of the truck, typically called a fifth-wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch.
    • Hitch Connection: The fifth-wheel hitch on the tow truck connects to the kingpin on the fifth-wheel trailer. This connection is strong and stable, allowing for better maneuverability compared to traditional ball-and-hitch systems.
    • Weight Distribution: Proper weight distribution is crucial. The hitch and trailer must be aligned correctly to ensure balanced weight distribution between the truck and the trailer axles. This helps maintain stability during towing.
    • Safety Precautions: Tow truck operators need to secure the fifth-wheel trailer using safety chains and, sometimes, additional stabilization devices to prevent swaying or shifting during transit.
    • Driving and Maneuvering: Towing a fifth wheel requires different driving techniques, especially during turns and backing up. Tow truck drivers with experience in towing fifth-wheel trailers have the skills to maneuver safely and efficiently.
    • Awareness of Height and Length: Fifth-wheel trailers can be tall and long, so the driver must be mindful of clearance heights, bridges, tunnels, and turns to prevent accidents or damage.

Fifth-wheel towing demands specific expertise and equipment. Tow truck companies with experience in handling fifth-wheel trailers are better equipped to safely transport these larger and often heavier RVs.

Towing a Class A or Class C  Motorhome

A Class A or a Class C motorhome is essentially a large, self-contained RV built on a specially designed chassis, involves specialized equipment and techniques due to its size and weight:

    • Towing Equipment: Tow trucks designed for towing Class A motorhomes are heavy-duty and have the capacity to handle the weight of these vehicles. They may use a flatbed trailer or a wheel lift system.
    • Proper Attachment Points: Tow truck operators must locate proper attachment points on the motorhome, which might include front or rear towing hooks or special brackets. Attaching the towing equipment securely is crucial for safe transport.
    • Weight Consideration: Class A motorhomes can be significantly heavier than standard vehicles, so tow truck operators need to consider weight distribution and ensure the towing equipment can support the load safely.
    • Special Handling: Given the size and height of Class A motorhomes, drivers need to be aware of clearance heights, narrow roads, and potential obstacles during transportation.
    • Safety Measures: Proper securing techniques, including the use of straps, chains, or other devices, are employed to ensure the motorhome remains stable and doesn’t shift during transit.
    • Driver Expertise: Tow truck drivers handling Class A motorhomes typically have specialized training and experience due to the unique challenges associated with towing such large and heavy vehicles.

Given the complexities involved in towing Class A motorhomes, it’s crucial to hire a towing company with expertise in handling these types of vehicles to ensure a safe and damage-free transport.

Why Choose 888 TOWS?

      1. Expertise You Can Rely On: With years of experience in the towing industry, our skilled professionals are well-equipped to handle RV trailers, fifth wheels, as well as Class A or C Motorhomes, 888 Tows with precision and care. Your satisfaction and the safety of your recreational vehicle are our top priorities.
      2. 24/7 Emergency Service: Accidents and breakdowns can happen at any time. That’s why we offer around-the-clock emergency towing services. Just give us a call at 843-888-8697, and our team will be there to assist you promptly.
      3. Fleet of Specialized Vehicles: Our fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art tow trucks designed specifically for fifth wheel towing. We ensure that your vehicle is transported securely and efficiently, minimizing any potential damage.
      4. Transparent Pricing: We believe in transparency, and our pricing reflects that commitment. You can trust us to provide fair and upfront pricing for our fifth wheel towing services. No hidden fees or surprises.

How to Reach Us

Whether you need assistance with a breakdown, an accident recovery, or simply want to schedule a reliable RV, Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel transport, 888 TOWS is here for you. Contact us via phone or email, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.