Flat Towing 101

What Is Flat Towing?

Flat towing is a form of recreational towing, which means it involves a car being pulled behind an RV, motorhome, or camper. There are several methods for towing a car in this way.

‘Flat towing’ describes a setup in which the car being towed has all four wheels on the ground, instead of being towed with its two front or back wheels in the air, on a tow dolly, or on a trailer. It is also referred to as:

  • Four wheels down towing
  • Four-down towing
  • Dinghy towing

What Cars Can Be Flat Towed Behind an RV?

Not every make and model is eligible to be flat towed. In the past, it wasn’t hard to find a car that could be safely towed with four wheels down — most cars and trucks with manual transmissions, along with most four-wheel-drive SUVs with manual transfer cases, could be safely flat towed.

However, today, electronic transmissions, front-wheel drive systems, and part-time four-wheel-drive systems are much more common, and vehicles with these features cannot always be dinghy towed.

Generally speaking, a vehicle can be flat towed as-is if it meets one of the following criteria:

  • Rear-wheel drive with manual transmission
  • Four-wheel drive with manual transfer case that can be placed in Neutral

There are always exceptions to the rule, and the easiest way to tell if your car can be flat-towed is to check the owner’s manual.

There are always exceptions to the rule, and the easiest way to tell if your car can be flat-towed is to check the owner’s manual. To be completely certain, contact our professionally certified flat-tow experts. Trademasters offers a free in-person consultation where we will put your vehicle into flat tow mode and confirm it’s eligibility to be flat towed.

What Is Needed For Flat Towing?

Other than the “dinghy” (the vehicle being towed) and the “tow vehicle” (the RV or other vehicle that is doing the towing), there are five basic components needed in the average flat towing setup:

Find What You Need at Trademasters!

Ready to get your vehicle set up for dinghy towing? Contact our recreational towing experts at Trademasters in Chilliwack! We are proud licensed dealers of the industry’s finest camper accessories, and our technicians can guide you through the entire installation process, from identifying the products you need to test-driving them with you after installing.

Give us a call to start discussing your towing plans for your next road trip. We’re ready to help you get this show on the road!