To haul an RV with a truck, choose an appropriate towing vehicle and select an RV that matches the truck's towing capacity. Drivers should also conduct a safety check prior to towing.
To haul an RV with a truck, run through the following steps.
- Choose the right truck
- Choose an appropriate RV
- Conduct a safety check
Choose an appropriate towing vehicle. The right truck depends on the desired RV size and the type of RV involved. Choose a larger truck with a higher towing capacity for larger RVs to ensure safe driving and stopping. Consider the truck's curb weight and gross vehicle weight rating. The curb weight describes the truck's total weight including a full tank of gas. GVWR describes the total amount of weight the truck can carry, including both the vehicle's weight and cargo. Opt for long bed trucks to haul fifth-wheel RVs, as short bed trucks do not have enough space in the bed to create an appropriate turning radius while towing. To tow a fifth-wheel RV with a short bed truck, install a special hitch.
Select an RV that the towing vehicle can safely handle. Determine a truck's towing capacity by subtracting the vehicle's curb weight from its GVWR. RV weight specifications come in three forms: dry weight, gross weight and cargo weight. The cargo weight is important, as it describes the RV's weight when it is fully loaded with cargo and supplies. The cargo weight should not exceed the towing capacity.
Conduct a safety check before loading and hauling an RV. Ensure the truck's tires can handle the trailer's weight. Check the axles to make sure that the trailer matches the vehicle's gross axle weight.