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Old 12-25-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Basic-first time toad

Jayco Greyhawk Class C, planning on towing our 2005 Toyota Camry for a trip in a few weeks. I've pulled trailers since I was a kid, so no real worries about that, but this is the first time I've pulled a car behind a MH, so wanted reassurance on a couple of points regarding the car. It's front wheel drive, automatic tranny so I just need to rent a 2 wheel dolly, drive the front wheels onto the dolly, secure them, set light bars, hook up & in theory all set? No worries about unlocking the steering wheel since the front tires are on the dolly, and the rear tires spin freely on the ground, correct? (assuming I remember to release parking brake....).

The weights are fine, MH weighs 12,966, GCWR is 22,000 lbs, and Camry weighs in at 4,244 GVWR

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Most car dollys have a pivoting deck, so no need for the front wheels to be able to turn left or right. I am not about those tow dollys that do not have a pivoting deck.
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Don't forget safety chains/cables from the dolly to MH and dolly to car. The dolly will weigh about 500 lbs, so you're close to 5K lbs. The car probably weighs about 3500 lbs unloaded. What's the MH'S hitch rated for? Don't forget brakes on the dolly.....electric or surge. Surge don't require a controller setup in the MH.

A trailer hitch on the car sometimes makes maneuvering the dolly a lot easier. From the CG check-in to campsite, etc.

BTW, unlike a trailer, a dolly doesn't like to be backed up. Bad things can happen to the car or dolly.
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We used to have an Acme tow dolly which does not have a pivoting deck, so we had to leave the key in Accessory so the front wheels could turn.
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Check the air pressure on the dolly before loading and during the trip. If you tow the dolly empty for any lengthy distance, drop the tire air pressure down to 10-20 psi, or you'll beat the bearings to death. After you travel a short distance (10-20 miles) pull over and recheck the tire straps. They sometimes loosen after a few miles of twists and turns.
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