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Old 05-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Braked on a tow dolly

What is the best type of brakes for the tie dolly it's self. Electric or disc ? Does either require you do anything to the RV itself to use the brakes?
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What is the best type of brakes for the tie dolly it's self. Electric or disc ? Does either require you do anything to the RV itself to use the brakes?
. Tow dolly not tie dolly.
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If you want more control go electric. If you want to keep it simple go surge. I would go surge for a dolly.
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Do you feel your dolly " jump" when you first start to stop the coach?
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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What is the best type of brakes for the tie dolly it's self. Electric or disc ? Does either require you do anything to the RV itself to use the brakes?

There are several answers.........

The two TYPES of brake systems are electric and surge.

The two brake surface systems are disc and drum.

I have seen surge disc and drum brake systems.

I have seen electric drum brakes, but never electric disc systems.

Anyone know of any electric disc systems for a dolly??


As far as doing anything to RV to use dolly brakes....electric - yes...surge - no.

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The electric brakes will require a controller wired into the towing vehicle. Surge brakes you just hook up and go other than the lights which you need anyway.
We've had two dollies, both have had surge brakes. Have loaned them out to son/friends and no worry about braking, it's all ready to go.
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Are surge brakes adjustable for slowing down the coach as electric brakes are?
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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How good are surge brakes on a tow dolly in the mountains, especially when descending ?
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As far as I know, there are no adjustable surge brakes.
They are for braking the dolly and won't slow the coach, and I don't think
electric brakes will slow it much either...
But I have never had electric brakes, so I'm not sure.

My surge brakes work just fine in the mountains, they work when you need them...


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By "slowing the coach" I meant you could feel the "TUG/PULL" of the dolly and it's weight on the RV?
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No, I have never felt a tug or pull from the dolly.
The surge brakes only apply when the weight of the dolly&toad are pushing
forward on the MH because it is slowing down faster than the dolly. The surge
brakes are applied until the dolly is no longer pushing on the MH.
It seems to be a fairly gentle process as I have never felt it while driving.

However, this is just my experience, other opinions may vary...

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No, I have never felt a tug or pull from the dolly.
The surge brakes only apply when the weight of the dolly&toad are pushing
forward on the MH because it is slowing down faster than the dolly. The surge
brakes are applied until the dolly is no longer pushing on the MH.
It seems to be a fairly gentle process as I have never felt it while driving.

However, this is just my experience, other opinions may vary...

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Same experience with the surge/disc brakes on my Acme EZ tow. Surge brakes just take the stopping weight (of the toad and dolly) off the MH and onto the dolly brakes/tires. Simple - MH stops like you were not towing.
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No, I have never felt a tug or pull from the dolly.
The surge brakes only apply when the weight of the dolly&toad are pushing
forward on the MH because it is slowing down faster than the dolly. The surge
brakes are applied until the dolly is no longer pushing on the MH.
It seems to be a fairly gentle process as I have never felt it while driving.

However, this is just my experience, other opinions may vary...

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Same here and i just went through a lot of mountains and curves
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