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Old 03-11-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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4 down on a 2008 Lincoln MKX

I just picked up a new to me car that I have plans for, but the costs are really mounting quickly...

First off, I am still working daily, and live in a sticks or bricks (mostly sticks) all the time, and only take the MH out a few times a year.

I fix solar power installations at customer sites, so often drive 50K or more a year, so go thru a lot of cars.

I happened upon, and bought a 2008 Lincoln MKX.

I see that it can be towed 4 down, and started looking into it for the few weeks a year that I drive and camp in the 1988 Fleetwoon Southwind. I would love to have my car with me on these trips, so as to not be stuck at the campground.

I looked into a base plate, tow bar, brake buddy and whatnot, and find them all very expensive for this few times a year that I camp and want to tow the car.

Also, in trying to keep up with the neighbors ( in this case my friend and work mate) I am considering putting a bull bar on the front of the MKX.

Now...

1. Is there a way to add base plate, tow bar and brake buddy for significantly less then the $1000.00 it looks like it may cost me.

2. Is there an alternative to adding a base plate, tow bar and brake buddy??

3. Will I likely be able to use a bull bar and still be able to tow the car with the MH?

4. Any paths that will help with be gratefully acknowledged and acted upon.

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You can buy a second hand dolly with electric brakes. A dolly is the cheapest way to go..all you need is a 2" receiver ball and tag along your car with it.
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Karl-

For your coach, what are the:

1) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
2) Gross Combined Weight Rating
3) Trailer Hitch rating
4) Maximum Trailer Weight rating
5) Maximum Trailer Tongue Weight rating

These affect the options you have for towing behind the coach, whether four-down, dolly, or trailer.
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You can buy a second hand dolly with electric brakes. A dolly is the cheapest way to go..all you need is a 2" receiver ball and tag along your car with it.
I had a 2nd hand car dolly when I had a front wheel drive car. I agree, simplest and cheapest.


Unfortunately, I cannot use a two wheel dolly with this 4 wheel drive car. It is either 4 down, or 0 down. (full trailer)

I am considering a flatbed, because even though it will cost me twice as much, I will be able to use it for more than this car... But there are lots of other overhead on a car trailer as well.

I am thinking along the lines of $2000 for a used trailer to tow any car, or $1000 for each car to be towed. In two cars, I am on the loosing side. BUT, it is more convenient as well.
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Karl-

For your coach, what are the:

1) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
2) Gross Combined Weight Rating
3) Trailer Hitch rating
4) Maximum Trailer Weight rating
5) Maximum Trailer Tongue Weight rating

These affect the options you have for towing behind the coach, whether four-down, dolly, or trailer.
I will look into these numbers, but the MH has a factory hitch and an old gasser engine that will pull with any of the options above.

The MH can handle anything I choose. I already have a brake controller that I have never tried or checked out in the couple years I have owned the Southwind.

This is all about spending money to modify this particular car, or finding alternatives.
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