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Dear RVillage Expert: Is it possible to tow an RV with an electric vehicle? —Tom S.
While the answer to this question might shock some of you, to put it simply: Yes, it’s possible to tow a rig with an electric vehicle. But that’s not to say that hauling an RV with an EV doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, like mapping out routes with charging stations and paying close attention to towing capacities, payloads, aerodynamics, and more.
However, as EV production and technology continue to advance within this market, you can probably expect to see more of these gasless vehicles at the campground.
Now, before any dually-lovers out there revolt with towing capability concerns, there are currently several EV models on the market with towing capacities exceeding 7,000 pounds, including the Ford F-150 Lightning, which maxes out at 10,000 pounds. It’s also rumored that Chevy has an electric Silverado in the works for 2023 that will be able to tow somewhere around 20,000 pounds. Does this mean that RVing with an EV is a worry-free experience? No, but it does mean that these vehicles are becoming more capable every day.
If you’re considering towing your rig with an EV, here are a few tips and vehicle suggestions to amp up your next no-gas RVing adventure.
Know your towing capacity. Like with hauling any RV, you’ll need to know your vehicle’s towing capabilities, the gross weight (GVWR) of your rig, and the payload if your EV is a truck. All of these things will factor into what size RV you can tow and your electric vehicle’s range. The good thing about EVs is that they’re designed with plenty of torque and power, making several of them equipped for hauling a trailer.
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Map your route. Another key factor for towing with an EV is knowing where you’re going to recharge, how often you’ll need to do so, and how long it will take to charge your vehicle based on the level of charger you’re able to locate. You can use apps like PlugShare, ChargeHub, and Roadtrippers to find your next charging stop. With this in mind, you may need to avoid traveling and camping in very remote areas with few charging stations and add extra time to your trip to account for charging times.
Think small. One of the best ways to increase your EV’s range while towing a trailer is to go with a lighter and more aerodynamic rig. If you already have a trailer, consider reducing its weight by removing unnecessary camping gear and other cumbersome accessories. For those shopping for a trailer, lightweight, low-profile rigs with curved (not boxy) designs will help you maximize your EV’s range.
Check with your campground. Most campgrounds aren’t going to offer charging stations, so you should be prepared with a portable charging adapter that’s compatible with the available power at your site. If your campground has electric charging stations, check what level is offered, and be prepared for slower charge times. You should also call ahead of time to ensure that EV charging is allowed at the campground before booking your site. Some have banned EV charging altogether, while others have instituted hourly and nightly rates for this service.
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Electric Tow Vehicle Recommendations
If you’re in the market for an EV with towing capabilities, here are a few vehicles to consider:
- Rivian R1T
- Ford F-150 Lightning
- GMC Hummer EV
- Rivian R1S
- Tesla Model X
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Audi E-Tron Sportback
- Chevrolet Bolt
- Tesla Model Y