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What’s the Difference Between a Tow Bar and Tow Dolly?

Heading out on the open road is exhilarating, exciting, and even stressful. However, when you are traveling in an RV, you likely need to bring your passenger vehicle with you. This is done by towing your vehicle using the RV. 

As you prepare for your next road trip, you need to consider how you will tow your car, SUV, or pickup truck behind the RV. There are two common options: the tow bar and the tow dolly. Read on for a comparison of these two products, so you can make an informed decision about the right option for your next road trip.

What is a Tow Bar?

A tow bar, which is also referred to as a tow hitch, attaches to the vehicle being towed or the rear of the RV. Using this method is quite easy as many tow bars can be installed by just one person. The bar has the ability to be mounted on either the vehicle you are towing or the RV itself. A base plate will need to be purchased for the vehicle you wish to tow and the tow bar is easily stored in either of the vehicles when the trip is complete.

What is a Tow Dolly?

A tow dolly is a more enhanced piece of towing equipment available from Car Tow Dolly. It consists of two wheels, an axle, and a tongue. The tow dolly makes it possible to tow any type of vehicle you wish with your RV, including those with front-wheel drive. When towing a vehicle with a tow dolly you will not place any added miles on the vehicle, which is a big plus when going to trade it in or sell it down the road.

A base plate is not required when using this product, but you might need to remove the driveshaft from the vehicle if it is four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. This product will add anywhere from 500 to 1,500 pounds to your towing weight, so be sure to adjust your towing capabilities accordingly. It’s possible, based on where you live or travel, that you might need a tow dolly that has brakes. You might also be required to get a license for the dolly.

Car Tow Dolly also offers a tow dolly bundle, providing you with excellent savings when you purchase all of the following together:

  • Adapter plug
  • Winch ratchet
  • Spare tire and wheel
  • Wheel straps (no hooks)
  • Heavy-duty trailer dolly
  • 5-year warranty


The EZE TOW tow dolly from Car Tow Dolly is a convenient choice for your next road trip when towing a vehicle with your RV. Since the tow dolly allows for the towing of many different vehicles, it’s the smart choice for towing a car, truck, van, or SUV behind an RV. Give is a call to speak to an experienced member of our staff about the Car Tow Dolly.


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