How do a measure for level towing with my Demco Tow Bar?
Towing level with your Demco towing system is the safest and most effective way to tow. The tow bar should be parallel with the road surface or with in 3 inches in either direction. Measure from the ground to the center of the attaching pin hole on you towed vehicle. Note that measurement. Next measure from the ground to the center of the receiver pin hole on the back of your coach. If the measurement is the same or within 3 inches of each other, you are in tolerance and safe to tow. If you have more than a 3 inch difference you may be able to reduce the difference utilizing the 1-1/2” rise or 1-1/2” drop built in to the Demco tow bar. If you have a difference of more than 4-1/2” you will need to purchase an additional rise/drop receiver. They are available in different increments, find the increment that gets your tow bar as close to parallel to the road surface as possible.
Should I flat tow my vehicle 4 wheels down or should I dolly tow my vehicle?
Demco can offer you both a flat tow setup, or a dolly tow set up. I always recommend before towing any vehicle, check the owner’s manual for tow ability. Today’s vehicles have different engine and transmission combinations. It is very difficult for Demco to be able to answer for every different vehicle manufacture and each different model and engine transmission combination. At the back of the manual in the Index, usually listed under Towing and sub heading of Recreational Vehicle Towing the manufacturer of the vehicle will provide information regarding if and how your vehicle can be towed behind a recreational vehicle. The manufacture may allow only one method of recreational towing. If your manufacture does allow the vehicle to be dolly towed or flat towed (with 4 wheels on the ground), it then becomes a matter of personnel preference. In a flat tow setup, there are several pieces of equipment that need to be installed on the vehicle. If you intend to tow multiple vehicles or if you trade vehicles regularly, the expense of setting up multiple towed vehicles can get costly. A dolly may be the most economical way to tow if you are in that situation. If you are towing just one vehicle and don’t trade vehicles often, then your best choice maybe to flat tow the vehicle.
In either case, contact Demco or your local Demco dealer and we can assist you with the recreational towing set up to fit your needs.
What is required to flat tow my vehicle 4 wheels down?
In order to tow any vehicle 4 wheels down behind your motorhome, below is the list of require components.
1) Tow Bar -
This is the connection between the coach and your towed vehicle. Demco offers 3 different tow bar models to fit your capacity needs and preferences.
2) Safety Cables –
Included with Demco Tow Bars
This is the bracket attaches to the framework of the towed vehicle. The tow bar attaches to the baseplate.
Every state in the US requires a vehicle in tow to have a Supplemental Braking System. Demco offers several different Supplemental Braking Systems to fit your coach and towing system.
This goes from the coach to the towed vehicle and provides the electrical connection between the coach and the towed vehicle.
Demco offers several different solutions from a hardwired Diode Kit, Towed Connector, or Wireless LED Light Bar.