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Old 02-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #15
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Buy a car that you can tow 4 down. Have you ever towed using a dolly?
In my case, the VW 5-door Golf TDI is the perfect compact car for me. I would not have even considered selling the car. I will be the first to admit using a tow dolly is a bit more work when loading/unloading but not that big of a deal to me. Additionally, my personal opinion is that once you are hooked, towing with the Kar Kaddy is a total no-brainer.
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I have a 2012 Golf TDI 5-door with a 6-speed manual transmission. It came with the keyless "KESSY" ignition system and also with the additional aero package with lower front spoiler and lower side skirts. I never found an easy way to unlock the steering column on the keyless ignition car so that eliminated any dolly that required an unlocked steering column. I looked at several brands and settled on the Demco Kar Kaddy 460 SS due to its robust construction and long list of features. BUT, the approach angle of my low nose Golf meant the Kar Kaddy would have destroyed my front spoiler during loading and unloading operations. I ended up buying a pair of "Race Ramps" to easy the approach angle which work perfectly. I could have used much less expensive 2x12 wood ramps but after experimentation I quickly decided that lugging the heavy wood ramps was not for me. The Race Ramps are really light weight and are easy to stow.







Thanks Moorhead!!! That is my car exactly except my is auto trans. I was concerned about unlocking the steering wheel. Does the KarKaddy pivot at all?
Also, where did you get those ramps?
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:52 AM   #17
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Thanks Moorhead!!! That is my car exactly except my is auto trans. I was concerned about unlocking the steering wheel. Does the KarKaddy pivot at all?
Also, where did you get those ramps?
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Absolutely! The Kar Kaddy 460 SS has a complete steering system for the dolly wheels! They are pricey but I ordered mine from PPL and had it drop shipped to my driveway for a fraction of what the local dealer wanted. The Race Ramps came from Amazon.
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Absolutely! The Kar Kaddy 460 SS has a complete steering system for the dolly wheels! They are pricey but I ordered mine from PPL and had it drop shipped to my driveway for a fraction of what the local dealer wanted. The Race Ramps came from Amazon.
Awesome!!! PPL? who and or what is that?
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Awesome!!! PPL? who and or what is that?
www.pplmotorhomes.com $2475 when I bought mine but looks like they went up about $100.00 since I bought mine. Some minor assembly required and be prepared for a 715lb box on your doorstep!


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www.pplmotorhomes.com $2475 when I bought mine.
Thanks, you are the MAN!!!
Boy, have you saved me a ton of work!
Nice looking car!!! Mine is silver.
Did you get the Sentry Deflector accessory for your KarKaddy?
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Thanks, you are the MAN!!!
Boy, have you saved me a ton of work!
Nice looking car!!! Mine is silver.
Did you get the Sentry Deflector accessory for your KarKaddy?
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I did not order the deflector because my coach has a very large rear mudflap. I reserve the right to order that later should I find rock chips
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www.pplmotorhomes.com $2475 when I bought mine but looks like they went up about $100.00 since I bought mine. Some minor assembly required and be prepared for a 715lb box on your doorstep!


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Motorhead, what is the height of the coupler on the Kaddy? My hitch height is 20 1/2 inches, so how much of a drop down do I need to get when getting the ball assembly to insert into the hitch?
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Motorhead, what is the height of the coupler on the Kaddy? My hitch height is 20 1/2 inches, so how much of a drop down do I need to get when getting the ball assembly to insert into the hitch?
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I am pretty confident the number you need is 18" measured from the ground to the top of the 2" ball. If you use the 20.5" you are going to be angling the ramps closer to the ground when under tow and run the risk of possibly dragging them. Do a quick Google and you can find the manual for that dolly. It gives the exact recommended height. It was either 18" or 18.5" .
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Have you looked at the acme EZ Tow dolly ? I just bought one and had delivered. About 10 minutes and I was ready to roll. Nice price as well. Has a surge brake so no additional investment with what you will pull the VW with. You should at least check it out as another option.





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I am pretty confident the number you need is 18" measured from the ground to the top of the 2" ball. If you use the 20.5" you are going to be angling the ramps closer to the ground when under tow and run the risk of possibly dragging them. Do a quick Google and you can find the manual for that dolly. It gives the exact recommended height. It was either 18" or 18.5" .
You are right, the manual says the height is 18." So I need a drop down of 2.5 ."
What kind of ball assembly (am I using the correct terminology?) did you get to insert into your hitch?
What do you think of Roadmaster Adjustable Ball Mount?
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We love our Kar Kaddy III as well. Really well made and it does not pivot. You do not have to have your steering unlocked either.

I purchased ours from PPL as well. It was drop shipped to my front door in a large crate. You have to assemble some. ie. attach the fenders, wheels, tongue, ect. The hardest thing I had to do was get the crate apart. It was really sturdy!

PPL Motorhomes is a Texas outfit. They are my go to guys for all kinds of stuff. We also purchased a new awning from them.
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Have you looked at the acme EZ Tow dolly ? I just bought one and had delivered. About 10 minutes and I was ready to roll. Nice price as well. Has a surge brake so no additional investment with what you will pull the VW with. You should at least check it out as another option.





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The ACME dolly has a fixed table and requires you to unlock the steering column to use it. Not easily done with a keyless ignition car.
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I pull a 2002 Toyota Camry with the EZ Tow. I simply place the key in the on position without starting the engine and then pull a fuse. The wheel does not lock and the battery does not drain yet the front end will adjust to all turning situations. Takes 20 seconds to do and works like a charm. Many folks that tow a car with a key do this in fact, this forum gave me the idea. Just passing along.....




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