Towing a car behind a skoolie can be a great way to enhance your travel experience. However, it is essential to consider the pros and cons before you start towing. In this blog post, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of towing a car behind your bus.
Pros of Towing a Car Behind Your Skoolie
Convenience: One of the most significant advantages of towing a car behind your skoolie is the convenience it provides. You can easily detach your car and use it for exploring the surrounding areas, shopping, or visiting local attractions. This means you do not have to pack up your bus every time you want to go out.
Flexibility: Towing a car behind your skoolie gives you the flexibility to change your plans at a moment’s notice. You can easily explore new areas without worrying about maneuvering your bus through crowded streets or finding a suitable parking spot.
Fuel Efficiency: Another advantage of towing a car behind your skoolie is that it can improve your fuel efficiency. Instead of driving your bus everywhere, you can detach your car and use it for short trips, which can save you money on fuel costs.
Safety: Towing a car behind your skoolie can also improve your safety on the road. If your bus breaks down or you need to make a quick stop, you can use your car to get help or run errands while you wait for repairs.
Cons of Towing a Car Behind Your Skoolie
Wear and Tear: Many skoolies have drivetrains that are far from optimal for towing a vehicle. The most commonly found transmission in pre-EPA2004 buses, the AT545, lacks a torque convert lock-up function that makes your bus work much harder then it needs to at speed, and adding a towed vehicle only makes things worse.
Added Weight: Towing a car behind your bus can add significant weight to your rig, which can affect your fuel efficiency and handling. It is essential to ensure that your skoolie can safely tow the weight of your car before you start towing.
Increased Maintenance: Towing a car behind your skoolie can also increase your maintenance costs. You will need to regularly inspect and maintain your tow bar, supplemental brake system, and other towing equipment to ensure that it is working correctly.
Additional Setup Time: Towing a car behind your bus can also add to your setup time when you arrive at your destination. You will need to detach your car from your skoolie, set up your tow bar and other towing equipment, and ensure that everything is secure.
Limited Access: Towing a car behind your bus can also limit your access to some areas. Some campsites, RV parks, and other areas may have restrictions on towing vehicles, which can limit your mobility.
Towing a car behind your skoolie can provide many benefits, including convenience, flexibility, and improved safety. However, it is essential to consider the added weight, increased maintenance costs, additional setup time, and limited access before you start towing. Make sure to research and understand the requirements and limitations of towing a car behind your bus before hitting the road. As an alternative to a towed vehicle, we carry a scooter with plenty of space for 2 people and cargo capacity for groceries!