Installing a Baseplate


By Chris Hemer and Bob Livingston
October 26, 2015

  With the right tools and some DIY expertise, follow these steps to install a dinghy baseplate   [1, 2] Most baseplate installations require that at least part of the front fascia be removed, especially on vehicles built within the last 20 years. The Suzuki XL-7 and its cousin, the Vitara,... Read more »

Dinghy 101


By Chris Hemer and Bob Livingston
October 26, 2015

  The essential guide to safely towing a vehicle behind your motorhome   Choosing which vehicle to tow behind your motorhome is a big decision. Because, beyond considering what type of vehicle you want to drive when your motorhome is parked, you have to think about how adaptable that vehicle... Read more »

The Right Stuff


By Chris Hemer and Bob Livingston
October 26, 2015

  A guide to tow bars and dinghy-braking systems designed to make towing convenient and trouble-free   Tow Bars   Blue Ox The two heavy hitters in Blue Ox’s tow-bar arsenal are the Avail and Aventa LX, both of which are Class IV tow bars rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds, which pretty... Read more »

Dinghy Towing Fever

Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston
March 13, 2013

Towing a dinghy vehicle is more popular than ever. It almost looks strange to see a coach on the road without one. We left our dinghy home on our last trip and it felt as though we were missing a friend. You know that sinking feeling when you hit the road and discover you left something at home? It’s... Read more »

2012 Scion xD: Affordable, Efficient Dinghy

Scion Blurb

Nicholas Upton, Digital Editor
November 28, 2012

The 2012 Scion xD is one simple, affordable dinghy.  The diminutive four-door can be flat-towed with a manual transmission without those pesky mileage limitations.  No more starting and idling again with the Scion.  While the car is certainly small, and easy to tow at a max of 2,665 pounds, there... Read more »

Coach & Powertrain: Flat Tow Versus Dolly?

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

June 5, 2012

Like many of MotorHome’s readers, I have progressed through the usual camping route: tents, pop-up camper, a travel trailer and now a Class C motor­home. The next step for me is to flat-tow a dinghy.  I have a manual transmission Subaru Forester, so towing four-wheels-down is not a problem per se,... Read more »

The Italian Job: Fiat Returns to the US

The Fiat 500 is an international car, with nearly universal appeal.

Chris Hemer
May 1, 2012

Fiat’s return to the U.S. market was met with as much trepidation as it was anticipation. Not merely because the company would be riding across the Atlantic on the shoulders of its most recent acquisition, the Chrysler Corp., but because of its lackluster history in the United States during the ’70s... Read more »

It’s Dinghy Time

Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston
February 28, 2012

It’s amazing how many motorhome owners are towing dinghy vehicles. Makes sense; you can’t beat the versatility and convenience of having another vehicle for tooling around town. Call it sort of an on the road game, but I find it very interesting to check out what others are towing while I’m on... Read more »

Dinghy Towing Basics

Dinghy Towing Guide

February 10, 2012

Traveling with a dinghy vehicle is almost a given with today’s larger motorhomes. Although the trend to bigger coaches has injected “camping” with more creature comforts than a luxury hotel room, it’s not without its drawbacks. Even rigs with a 60-degree wheel cut will encounter some difficulty... Read more »

Safe Dinghy Towing with Even Brake

July 27, 2011

Few of us who tow dinghy vehicles would complain that we have too much braking capability in view of the fact that the combined weight of our motorhomes and dinghy vehicles may range from 10 to 20 tons. Consideration of our personal safety, chassis manufacturer requirements, state/provincial towing laws... Read more »

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