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Old 04-09-2016, 10:51 AM   #43
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Can anyone comment on brand, model pros and cons? We are in the market for one and I'm not sure which one to get. I like the demco but don't know much about the other comparable brands and pricing.
We used a Roadmaster 2000-1 for several years and about 25,000 miles. It's a great dolly, but it's a little more expensive than some.

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It was easy to load and unload in that the permanently attached ramps are lowered and raised as the car is loaded and unloaded. It has steerable wheels which allows the dolly to follow directly in the path of the rear wheels of the motorhome. It has built in lockable storage compartments to store the safety chains, wheel straps, and auxiliary lights (if you choose to use them).

It's easy for one person to maneuver on level ground. The only downside I could see is that it takes up a fair amount of room when not being used, and it's too heavy for one person to pull up a hill.

We sold ours to some friends when we decided to buy a Jeep that couldn't be towed on a dolly. In total it's been on the road over 14 years and probably close to 75,000 miles. It still looks and works great.
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I've also seen that some offer steerable or turning axles while others require that the towed vehicle's steering wheel be unlocked. I wonder if this would put extra stress and wear on the car's power steering pump with all of the turning while the pump is not running.
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I've also seen that some offer steerable or turning axles while others require that the towed vehicle's steering wheel be unlocked. I wonder if this would put extra stress and wear on the car's power steering pump with all of the turning while the pump is not running.
I don't think the stress on the power steering system will be much of a factor. People who tow 4 down have all of that and more on the front end.

May be more stress on the straps that hold the front wheel on the dolly , keeping it in place.
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Many good points made both for pro/con of using a dolly. I have used mine for 35,000 miles now with no issues. Bought mine from Landgrebe (search the net). Extremely well built and a smaller US based business. I added a tongue jack with wheel for easy maneuverability at home and the campsite. Good luck.
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I don't think that there is any difference on the front end of three car with a steerable vs nonsteerable dolly. The front wheels are strapped in on both so neither should move in a turn.
The difference is that with a steerable dolly you have a smaller turning radius.
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I looked at acme and they state that the steering wheel must be unlocked as the car's wheels are forced to turn under the load from the trailer turning. Their trailers do not articulate so the towed vehicle must. I am not sure that the other companies are the same or not.
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I don't think that there is any difference on the front end of three car with a steerable vs nonsteerable dolly. The front wheels are strapped in on both so neither should move in a turn.
The difference is that with a steerable dolly you have a smaller turning radius.
Correct, the tires are not turning on the dolly.

In a non steerable dolly, the car steering is turning. If you watch, the steering wheel it is turning, in a turn.

It's like holding the dog by the tail and the dog moves right and left.

Forcing the wheels to turn will stress the straps.

With a swivel plate or steering dolly the steering wheel does not turn.
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I like my master tow dolly with electric brakes. Easy to use and economical too. The fact that it follows in the tracks of MH is a benefit in tight spots like parking lots, etc. About 35k miles so far, and I'd replace it with the same when necessary. I hope this helps.


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Chuck, is it a steerable dolly? Is the towed vehicle's steering wheel locked during towing?
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I am sold on a steerable dolly but which works best surge brake or electric brake? On towing a heavy boat (8000lbs) I had surge system that worked good. But I liked the adjustable electric on lighter gear. How about you guys which braking system do you prefer on a Dolly?
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Chuck, is it a steerable dolly? Is the towed vehicle's steering wheel locked during towing?

The Master Tow does not have a steerable mechanism. Just a simple straight axle with a rotating pan that holds the car front wheels. I have towed multiple front wheel drive vehicles. Usually a Camry which has a locking steering wheel.


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This is weird. I looked on Acme's site and they do specify that the steering column be unlocked. I looked on U-Haul's site and they say that the steering must be locked. Neither use articulated steering so I'm a bit confused.
My Car Kaddy has an articulated front so it doesn't affect me but it is confusing.

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The U-hauls are a swivel plate, the plate that the front wheels are strapped to actually pivots and turns.

On the Acme, there is no swivel plate. Acme relies on the vehicles front wheels to turn.
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I understand the swivel plate idea now but some of the manufacturers don't explain it well on their websites. I think I'm going to go with a surge brake model to avoid having to install a brake controller but I have no idea how it will perform.
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