RV Highlight: Vehicles to tow the Bowlus® & why it’s important
Here is one towing myth we’d like to debunk: you don’t need a “big vehicle” to tow a Bowlus. We occasionally get a call from someone that says their uncle told them they require a big truck to tow a Bowlus. This just isn’t true for two reasons. First, the Bowlus is designed to be lightweight and towed by a vehicle with a 4,000-pound towing capacity. Second, the incredible aerodynamics of the Bowlus means it tows and handles beautifully in the most demanding weather and driving conditions. As a result, you have a wide range of tow vehicles that can tow a Bowlus. Even better, you probably already own a vehicle that can tow your Bowlus, so no need to have another vehicle to park and maintain.
People often ask what owners using as their Bowlus tow vehicle. Often it is a crossover like a Porsche Macan or an Audi Q5, Volvo V90 Cross Country, or a Toyota 4-Runner or Jeep Cherokee because that is their daily driver. Sometimes it is something extra like a Porsche Panamera, G-Class, or even a Bentley Bentagya. If you’re thinking about a lighter truck, several owners tow with a Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma and are very happy. Of course, there is a long list of SUVs and some minivans all capable of towing a Bowlus from BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, along with the long list of traditional domestic brands of SUVs.
We already have many owners towing with the Tesla X and now the Audi E-Tron. Not to mention we hear from others on the list for a Cybertruck, Rivian, or Bollinger. While some of the EVs promise the moon on the range for towing, remember aerodynamics plays a critical if not huge role in range. We did extensive testing when the Tesla X was released. We compared the Bowlus with a ten-foot shorter 16-foot toaster-shaped travel trailer. The difference was more than remarkable. Depending on conditions (highway, mountain, and the PCH, which can have frequent stops), the Bowlus range was 175 to 200 miles, and the smaller RV was 50 to 75 miles. So don’t think a big EV will mask the weight of a heavy RV. It won’t, and you will still be making more stops to power up. Wouldn’t you rather just get there instead?
If you’d like to know more about towing and your Bowlus, give us a call. We always delight in answering your questions.