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Old 02-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Brake system for tow dolly

Have read a lot about brake systems while towing 4 down.... Any thoughts on best supplemental brake system when using a tow dolly? I bought a new dolly w/o brakes, big mistake. Dealer told me I did not really need to worry about brakes. After reading other threads, I think I need brakes!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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If I were you I'd be returning that dolly to that dealer. They'll tell you anything to buy their product. In answer to your question we have hydraulic brakes on ours. If you have a gas coach I would strongly recommend getting brakes installed.
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Surge brakes are without a doubt the simplest, least maintenance braking system for a tow dolly. I agree the dolly should go back to the idiot dealer who told you it didn't need brakes.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:54 AM   #4
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Go back to the dealer and tell him you want him to put it in writing and sign it saying that you don't need brakes and you will be legal in all states. His tune will change quickly.
Get your money back and check out the ACME EZE-TOW dolly at:
Car Tow Dolly / Tow Dolly / Used Car Dolly / Car Dollies
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Have read a lot about brake systems while towing 4 down.... Any thoughts on best supplemental brake system when using a tow dolly? I bought a new dolly w/o brakes, big mistake. Dealer told me I did not really need to worry about brakes. After reading other threads, I think I need brakes!
The dealer needs be more familiar with the specs of gas chassis motorhomes. Both Workhorse and Ford say you need a supplemental brake system on anything being towed that weighs over 1,500 lbs. The chassis brakes are rated only for the GVRW (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) not the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating).
The GVWR is the amount of weight that the chassis itself can carry. The GCWR is the amount the chassis can carry plus the additional weight it can tow.

In our case the GVWR is 20,500 lbs. and the GCWR is 26,000 lbs. If we load the chassis to the maximum (20,500 lbs.) we would need brakes on anything we tow regardless of the weight. If we load it to 19,000 lbs. or less we could technically tow something that weighs 1,500 lbs. or less without supplemental brakes.

I don't know of any vehicle that weighs less than 1,500 lbs. by itself so regardless of whether you tow something 4 down, or add the weight of a dolly (usually another 400 lbs. - 800 lbs. depending on the brand and options) you're going to need a supplemental braking system if you're towing it with a gas chassis motorhome.
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