Friday, January 27, 2012

Dinghy towing guide for 2012 available from motorhome association

EDITOR'S NOTE. We learned after posting this article that you must be a member of FMCA in order to gain access to this report.

With spring trips on the horizon, it's the time of year when scores of motorhome owners begin to look for a new towed vehicle to pull behind their rig.

While the motorhome itself is a self-contained rolling residence, once the campsite is reached, many prefer to have an additional vehicle available for sight-seeing excursions, trips to the market, or visits to congested metropolitan areas. While some folks employ a trailer or tow dolly to bring along their secondary vehicle, the favored method for most motorhome owners is four-wheels-down towing.

The need for a second vehicle that can be flat-towed is the reason Family Motor Coaching magazine, the official publication of FMCA, began producing its annual “Towables” guides in 1999. It guide offers advice about vehicle selection, making sure it is outfitted with the proper towing equipment, and how to safely tow it.

The 2012 edition is available to FMCA members and Family Motor Coaching magazine subscribers. It can be found in the January, 2012 issue of Family Motor Coaching and online at FMCmagazine.com/motor-home-towing-guides. The guide includes 137 model-year 2012 vehicles from 21 different manufacturers that have been approved to be towed four wheels down behind a motorhome. The guide is free to non FMCA members, but a registration at the FMCA website is required.

Pertinent information for each is presented such as the type of transmission (automatic or manual) that the vehicle must be equipped with so that it can be towed; the drive configuration (front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive); whether any speed restrictions or distance limitations are involved when the vehicle is being towed; and the approximate curb weight and length for the base model of the vehicle.

Addendums let potential buyers know whether fuses must be pulled before a vehicle can be towed to prevent battery drain; denote special instructions for running the vehicle for a certain time period before, during, or after it is towed; and specify transfer case options that may prohibit a vehicle from being towed.

For more information about FMCA or to join the organization, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013, contact the Membership Services Department at (800) 543-3622 or visit http://www.FMCA.com.

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