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Old 03-28-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
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I am going to be purchasing a car dolly this spring, most likely from a friend that used theirs twice I think, looks new. Theirs has electric brakes which means I have to put in the brake controller and, i think that will cost me around a hundred bucks or so. I see other dolly's with surge brakes which means I don't need a brake controller. I have heard some bad reviews on the surge brakes stopping to hard when not needed. What do you guys have and your comments on them. Thanks. Buy the way, my friend wants 1K for his, he paid 1500.00 and we will be towing a 3400 lb Regal
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I have had one for the past 3 1/2 years with elect brakes which allows me to turn the brakes up ,off or down as I want . I like that feature! but I see no problem with surge brakes. Selling my dolly also as I'm going with a enclosed car hauler ( for other reasons.. DW business/storage and garage fun for me ;-) )
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I am going to be purchasing a car dolly this spring, most likely from a friend that used theirs twice I think, looks new. Theirs has electric brakes which means I have to put in the brake controller and, i think that will cost me around a hundred bucks or so. I see other dolly's with surge brakes which means I don't need a brake controller. I have heard some bad reviews on the surge brakes stopping to hard when not needed. What do you guys have and your comments on them. Thanks. Buy the way, my friend wants 1K for his, he paid 1500.00 and we will be towing a 3400 lb Regal
What year is your Regal? 2011-2012, 2,4 L engine can be towed 4 wheels down.
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What year is your Regal? 2011-2012, 2,4 L engine can be towed 4 wheels down.
mine is a 2002, none of my vehicles have made it into this decade yet
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mine is a 2002, none of my vehicles have made it into this decade yet
p.s. usually, buying a used dolly with brakes, includes the brake controller !
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p.s. usually, buying a used dolly with brakes, includes the brake controller !
I guess I will ask him for that too if he want to separate it from the MH
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American tow dolly sells a stand alone break controllers for car dollies, just incase your interested.
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American tow dolly sells a stand alone break controllers for car dollies, just incase your interested.
i thought there are many to choose from
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We used a tow dolly with surge brakes on a 3,000 mile trip this winter with no brake or stopping problems.
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We used a tow dolly with surge brakes on a 3,000 mile trip this winter with no brake or stopping problems.
yea, I don't know first hand, I was told by a rep that they either don't come on strong enough or way too much, of course he was trying to sell me what he had on hand
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I've run our tow dolly with surge brakes for over 10,000 miles in the last 12 months, and it has never braked too much or too little.

The "surge" from the brakes is directly proportional to the amount of inertia built up on the dolly: Brake hard and the dolly surges ahead harder; brake lightly and the dolly surges lightly. The harder the dolly surges ahead, the harder the brakes are applied to slow it down and they decrease the amount of inertia and therefore the amount of braking. Unless something isn't working properly or the dolly is overloaded, I don't see how surge brakes could ever brake too much or too little.

The ONLY time the surge brakes have ever been even a minor concern is when I was driving down a long 5% grade. The tow'd wanted to "coast" into the back of my rig and so the surge brakes were applied very lightly but for a very long time. Naturally, the brakes heated up and were smoking slightly when I got the the bottom. Zero damage to any part of the brake assembly was done, and it was relatively new at the time so it was likely just burning off manufacturing oil because it's never happened since.

Also, you're buying a used dolly, so I'd make 100% sure it can handle the weight of your vehicle before you sign the check. Mine can tow up to 3,000 lbs which is plenty for the front end of my car on the dolly, but before I bought this one I saw a lot of others that couldn't tow that much... some as little as only 1,800-2,000 lbs or so. It's worth triple-checking

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15,000 miles on my surge brake dolly.

Mountians, flat highways, winding country roads and city traffic.

Smooth, automatic trouble free brakes.
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there is a reason he only used it twice.
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yea, I don't know first hand, I was told by a rep that they either don't come on strong enough or way too much, of course he was trying to sell me what he had on hand
Have towed with two different dollys, both have had surge brakes. Burned out one set of brakes on the old one coming down a 10% grade out of CO. On the present KK-460 they had to add a compression spring to keep it from coming on when I used the exhaust brake on the last Dutch Star. The 3 stage engine brake would probable overpower even that spring if I used high but we're towing four down now anyway.
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