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Old 12-19-2015, 06:33 AM   #1
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Wells thanks to advice from everyone on here i bought a 2007 National Dolphin 5355 (36") with 23000 miles (beautiful) and a kadkaddy to tow my mercury mariner.
My question now is do you guys have some advice on what your procedure is when you pull into a campground of unloading the car and what to do with the karkaddy. It is actually a fairly long piece of equipment and does not fold up. I am also traveling by myself.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:47 AM   #2
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It depends on the campground site. Some pull throughs are large enough to leave it on. Disconnecting the car once there on site. Some will require a disconnect at the office, or just near the office. It's best to inquire when making reservations if you can. If in transit you may just leave it connected.
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We find a place to disconnect the toad before going to the campsite. Sometimes we will do it at a nearby parking lot!
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You'll soon discover for yourself that a tow dolly is a really big PIA. Get a vehicle that can be towed 4 wheels down without any mods, such as transmission lube pump, although my toad does. (But that's another story).


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Old 12-19-2015, 10:20 AM   #5
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I would and have towed 4 down for five years with my prior motorhome. I sold and took two years off until now. Ford said i could tow my Mercury Mariner 4 down same as ford Escape. In five years they put in five trans. Still have the same vehicle couldn't afford a new one and an rv. But i will be traveling alone and I see it will be a PIA already. So it is a dolly for now until i can buy a new vehicle. I do prefer 4 down, way easier especially by yourself. I still have a Roadmaster rock guard front brackets, Falcon 2 tow bar and the works. Along with a break buddy,and a Coleman road trip grill in storage. I guess it is time to sell that stuff now that i don't need them anymore.
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I put a hitch on my toad and use it to move the dolly when it is more than a few feet.
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Buy an EZE tow dolly, Easily moved by hand, can stand up at the back of the RV and is the easiest to load and unload a vehicle. Surge brakes so no controller or electrics, and way cheaper than a new car or 4 down conversion.
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You'll soon discover for yourself that a tow dolly is a really big PIA. Get a vehicle that can be towed 4 wheels down without any mods, such as transmission lube pump, although my toad does. (But that's another story).


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"Bigwiz"......congrats on your new coach. The National products have really held their value and still look contemporary.

I understand you'll have to deal with what you were dealt in terms of your towing situation. It's going to be different at every campground. If you get a pull thru site with enough room, that will work well. We've been to some campgrounds where the campsite is a long ways away from the office, so you'll have to play that by ear, in regards to where you disconnect.

I would definitely have a hitch on the Mariner to haul the dolly around. Many places have storage areas where you can stash the dolly. You may want to back the dolly into your site and park it, with the nose down on the ground. You can then back the motor home in and partially over the dolly to give you more room.

I think just about anywhere you go, you'll find a way or place to park the dolly and make your situation work. Later, when finances permit, you can find something that will tow four down.
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I bought a tow dolly. Used one time and sold it. I flat tow my Jeep with a Roadmaster tow bar and can hitch or un hitch in 5 minutes. If you can at all get a toad you tow flat.
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You might also be sure to ask each campground if they allow dolly's some do some don't.
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The easiest way to deal with a kaddy is to ask for a pull through. I flat tow, but I always ask for a pull through when I am on the road. Even a toad is a pain when you have to unhook it and hoof back to get it.
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Thanks again everyone. Your help is always appreciated. I will try the dolly out down to Florida and back from Florida in a few months and see how it goes. But i will keep all my 4 down equipment in storage until then. Thanks again
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I put a hitch on my toad and use it to move the dolly when it is more than a few feet.
This is what I did when I used a dolly. Back dolly in site and back motor home over it.
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