The Best Vehicles for Towing Your RV and Boat

By Karl Lagerstause

The rise in popularity of RV camping and boating has spawned a whole new class of vehicle. As the variety and size of RVs and boats grow, so do consumer's options for vehicles to tow them. Whether you are looking for a family car to haul a small pop up or tear drop trailer, or a beast to haul your luxury boat to the lake, one of the vehicles on our list is sure to do the trick.

One of the first family cars designed to tow was the family station wagon. Subaru has been one of the car companies to consistently rank at the top of its class in affordable full size wagons. The 2011 Subaru Outback's six-cylinder model has a towing capacity of up to 3,000 pounds that will be more than enough to tow a small family camper. All models come equipped with all-wheel drive making light off-road driving during your out door adventures possible. With enough room to seat up to 5 people and still provide 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space the outback is a great choice for towing your family's small camper or boat.

If you are looking for a compact vehicle that can be driven all year long but still has enough muscle to tow your small family camper, consider the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring. This compact wagon offers its drivers an excellent reliability rating and new interior features like heated leather seats, 172-watt stereo system, and MP3 USB port connection. Even thought the Elantra Touring is considered a compact wagon it's cargo space out ranks many popular SUV's.

Need to seat more people than can fit in a wagon and are you looking to entertain your passengers while towing your camper to your vacation destination? You should consider the 2011 Honda Odyssey. This newly redesigned mini van offers seating for up to 8 people. With it's smooth handling and 16.2 inch video screen both passengers and driver will be happy traveling in this vehicle. The V6 engine provides a 3,500 pound towing capacity so you won't be able to tow a monster camper but you will ride in comfort and have a vehicle you can enjoy for the rest of the year.

Some people may be looking for something with a bit more towing power. If your ideal RV trailer is larger than the average pop up or tear drop you mad need to consider a larger vehicle. The Chevrolet Tahoe ranks among the top of the Large SUV's. With its 8,500 pound towing capacity the Tahoe more than doubles the capacity of your average mini van or station wagon. The Tahoe has been getting rave reviews for its drivability.

Finally The Dodge Ram offers some of the best towing muscle on the market. With most of its models offering around 10,450 pounds of towing power this truck is perfect for hauling your large travel trailer or 5th wheel. Priced around $23,000 for base models and offering many different cab arrangements this truck will get you, your travel trailer or boat, and your family up any mountain with no hesitation.

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