Advantages and Disadvantages of RV Towing

That crowd of drifters you fell in with taught you the value of an RV.
That crowd of drifters you fell in with taught you the value of an RV.
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Back when you were a traveling salesman, before you fell in with that crowd of drifters, you were perfectly satisfied with riding around in a comfortable car. You'd spend your evenings in anonymous motel rooms, watching local newscasts and noting the predictable similarities among the anchors. It's certainly one way to travel, but the road can offer so much more.

The drifters taught you the joys of driving and sleeping in the same place. The caravan of RVs you moved along with, like so much dust on the highway, was filled with campers of all types: motor homes, camper tops, fifth wheels, old Gulfstreams, travel trailers, converted buses, VW vans. You learned that living in a moving home is what it means to be free.

Now that you're reunited with your family, you want to share that freedom with them. Your once-incredulous spouse can see -- finally! -- the importance of touring the great wide world as a family. And now you're happily shopping around for the perfect RV. But, what kind of RV works best?

Should you go with a motor home or a towed RV? Of course, there's are sub questions that fall into this category; for example, if you choose a motor home, should you go for the Class A, B or C? Or, if you opt for a pull-behind RV, is a travel trailer or a fifth wheel right for your needs?

We're not going to get into all of that here. Instead, this article will look at the pros and cons (or, as the title suggests, advantages and disadvantages) that towed RVs offer over motorized recreational vehicles. We'll help you get confidently back on the road again.