Towing our Mazda 3
We couldn’t imagine not having our car while RVing. Not only does it get around 40 mpg compared to 8 in the Sunseeker but the accessibility to epic locations is the deal breaker for us. After all, what is the point of traveling the country if you don’t get to see the good stuff? We moved so quickly on getting the RV that we didn’t think about pulling the car until after it. In preparation for the trip we would work every day at our regular jobs and then I’d be up until 12-2am working on doing research and preparing for the trip. One night my heart sank because I read an article that you can’t “flat tow” a Mazda 3 because it would ruin the front end. Then I found out there are only certain vehicles that you can flat tow which is why you mostly see Jeep Wranglers being pulled behind. Manual rear wheel drive required.
I didn’t have it in me to tell Danielle that night and I vowed to find a solution quickly to present instead of this bad news that we may have to buy a jeep. I went to work the next day and my friend Jeremiah explained how it’s an easy fix, you just need to get a car dolly. I didn’t have a clue what that was so I googled it and found a company called “The USA Trailer Store” who had one and they happened to have a location in LA, I was ecstatic (thanks Jeremiah)! I called the company, spoke to a rep and got all the answers I needed. Then it was time to shop around. Danielle and I searched the internet for “deals”. What we found is nobody beat the price of the USA Trailer Store. We also were a month away from our trip and didn’t have a way to get the trailer we picked up the RV but they were able to ship it when we needed it for pickup.
Turns out you can pull most cars with a tow dolly. After leaving the Richards we made a stop in Orange County at Danielle’s work (Brandrep) and picked up our Mazda which was in Newport Beach. We dropped our Honda off at the Richards because Mary and Bill were absolutely amazing enough to keep our car on their property and we can’t thank them enough! Once we got to the trailer store the GPS put us on a wild goose chase in Compton!
The store closed in 20 min, it was friday night and they were about to close for the weekend and we couldn’t find the place! It was crunch time, I LOVE crunch time. I parked the RV (illegally but safe) and ran down the street to where the GPS was telling us it was. Shore enough, it was hiding in the back of a business park. I ran up out of breathe, knocked on the locked door and luckily they were still there (I forgot to mention I was calling and texting with no response haha). I had to run back to the RV (workout #2 on the trip) pull an impossible U-Turn and zipped in.
They had some young kid explain how to set up and use the Tow Dolly. I forget his name, I wish I had it cause I would let the company how great of a job he did. I told him I have NO experience with this so treat me like a 3rd grader, he did. He walked me through the process and I wish I youtubed it cause anyone who buys this thing can follow his directions. We had to run to the local auto parts store to grab something for the trailer lights and then I loaded it up. A lot of people told me you won’t notice pulling a car behind you as far as acceleration and braking, they were right. I was blown away at how much power this RV has, you don’t feel the 3k pound car!
Now it was time to zip up through the 5:00 rush our traffic in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. LA was amazing to break me into driving this beast, if you can drive through rush hour in Los Angeles, CA on the 405 you can drive ANYWHERE!