What to Know about Towing a Boat with Your RV

One of the best things about Luxelocker Luxury RV & Boat Storage campuses are their often convenient locations near to so many terrific waterways of the Western United States. RV life is even sweeter when you can take it all with you. We’re speaking of your boat. RVs are perfectly capable of towing your boat as long as you take care to learn what will change when hooking up that boat trailer.

Your first consideration is the size of your RV; a Class A coach will not be able to off-load at just any boat ramp. Class B and C vehicles will have a better time of it, but do you also have a partner to guide and help?

Where you camp may be a larger consideration once that boat joins the family. You may need additional length accommodation, and keep in mind that not all campsites are flat. In some places, the combined length may be too much to keep trailer and RV together. Many campsites near water will ask that you park the trailer (and boat) in a separate area.  It’s always best to check ahead when reserving a site during the trip-planning phase.

Let’s take a look at the other aspects of towing a boat with your RV, whatever its class.

  • First, know your motorhome’s towing capacity, regardless of what you are hauling behind. Towing capacity differs by make and model, class size, and a number of factors. Start your education by knowing what each class of RV can handle as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Savvy Campers provides basic information as well as a link to a towing products company website rich with helpful information, CURT. For now, know that you need to be sure of what your coach weighs—loaded and ready to go. Tanks full, supplies on board. The total weight.
  • Secondly, visibility enhancements such as extended mirrors or even a rear-view camera (if one is not already installed) are invaluable. Then: practice, practice, practice. Turning. Backing. Even tooling down the highway.
  • Once hitched up, your driving style will change. For example, the turn radius will widen, and backing will be a whole new experience. Backing up, however, is necessary for a boat launch. Plan some practice and carry it out. The more comfortable you are behind the wheel, the less chance of an accident.
  • Stopping an RV on a dime is never a good idea. Once you have a trailer hitched, it is not just a bad idea; it’s a recipe for a disaster. Keep your speed down and always bear in mind that braking distances will be longer.
  • Insurance. Check your policy and adjust it if necessary to accommodate the trailer and boat. The replacement values of some policies may be limited and damage to the entire unit may exceed what the company will cover.
  • Ready? Let’s launch that boat. Backing with a trailer hitched is also something to practice, even with all the right mirrors and a camera. Make corrections in small increments and move slowly. A spotter is essential (for parking too). If you are alone, chances are other boaters will be nearby. In fact, other RVers are one of your best sources of information and help if this adventure is new one.

One last word: adding a trailer to your RV is called a “double-tow,” and towing a fifth-wheel or separate camper and a boat trailer is termed a “triple-tow.” In many states, a triple-tow is illegal and unfortunately, the laws change frequently. RV Life lists the road laws by state, but confirm that information at the Department of Motor Vehicles for every state you pass through.

Luxelocker Luxury RV & Boat Storage offers you not only great, easy access to boating locations, but also friendly and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. Once you’ve enjoyed your time on the water, you can return to Luxelocker and know that your boat is safe and sound in its climate-controlled, secure storage unit.