View Full Version : "Dinghy-Towing" a Fiat 500...

May 17 2012, 5:20 pm
I've personally never heard that term before... but apparently its common nomenclature for the "motorhome set".

My good friend in Palm Desert just bought a 31 footer and saw this article in a recent publication. He goes on to say that the 500 is gaining in popularity with this crowd as well!

Below are 4 pages and the towbar adapter, as well as the towbar itself could be used for almost any application.

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Kevin B (Asheville, NC)
May 17 2012, 5:29 pm
Nah, THIS is dingy towing


May 18 2012, 6:45 am
That was Shaun Folkerts rig, was it not? (please excuse the misspelling if I got that wrong...)

Then there is this one... with an X as a tow vehicle... I believe the Targa Bar needs to be reinforced though to handle the additional tongue-weight...


http://s13.postimage.org/qfs74gvtf/xtrailer.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/qfs74gvtf/)

May 18 2012, 7:38 am
I agree Tony, that is probably a "land yacht" joke among the motor home crowd. :)

May 18 2012, 8:01 am
I've never heard it called, "dinghy towing" - I've always heard it called "flat towing", and the term seems to be pretty much interchangeable.

Anyway, there ya go...


Meanwhile, this is awesome....

How NOT to Tow - Flat tow disaster in the making - YouTube

Old Fiat Driver
May 18 2012, 9:04 am
is what it's called. I have been doing it for years and that is the term that the motor home crowd uses. I ususlly refur to it as flat towing and that is how I get my X19 to the race track and when on vacation I always tow my Suzuki.


May 19 2012, 9:01 am
Large watercraft, or yachts, usually have a dinghy to get ashore or to cruise the harbors.

I can now see how the term is applied to "land yachts" as well.

I just recently wrote to my friend who said they were staying in Long Beach with their "Winnie" and I corrected him by saying he was technically "docked" in Long Beach...


I also remember one time when my sister and brother-in-law came over and I asked my sis where my brother was. She said he's looking for a space large enough to "dock" the Lincoln...

May 19 2012, 9:02 am
I have always called it FLAT TOWING to distinguish it from a trailer or tow-dolly. This is the first time I have heard the term "Dinghy Towing" but it does indeed appear fitting!

I've also seen a few "disasters" being towed like that over the years and I understand in SOME states it's actually legal!