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Old 06-13-2016, 07:43 PM   #15
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Love our Master Tow 80THSB (surge brakes) except...The stock filament lamps did not hold up. Big Tex carries the LED versions for something like $8-$9 each. Much cheaper than MasterTow's upgrade on line. Ive replaced all four (2red,2yellow) in a few minutes and a 7/16 wrench. No splicing, no tape. Second issue is the surge wont let me back up without locking up the tires unless I get out and flip the level thing. Yes, I have occasion to back up a couple (5-7) of feet. Any further and the dolly heads one way and the car another.
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Toad Pros and Cons

I towed a VW Jetta (front wheel drive) TDI cross country for about 28k miles. Had a bit of trouble over those miles but overall it wasn't too bad, except:

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to load the car on the dolly. By the time you wrestle the straps, check everything twice, damn OCD anyway!

About 5 minutes to unload.

It's messy dealing with the dirty straps and ratchets. Ratchets get full of dirt and grime and occasionally need replacement.

Your overall vehicle length will increase which is a concern in some states like Texas with a 60' towed length limit.

I towed at 59'4" and that has a huge impact on turning radius and timing your turns at corners and such. Highly recommend a rear view camera if you don't have one!

I got into a couple of places that I was way too long for, particularly 'state' parks in Missouri and Virginia where I had to drop everything to get to my parking space. The parks allowed me to store the dolly in their compound but still added about 40 minutes to getting parked or leaving.

You can backup short distances but jackknifing is going to happen. I had a pretty good dent in the kick panel of the car from the fender on the dolly...

I had to change a tire on the dolly on the shoulder on I-44 in Missouri one time, that was fun.

I waited two days in "BF" Kentucky to get tires that had an appropriate trailer rating.

Mileage may vary...

For me I've lived and learned I guess. I've gone 4 down with a Subaru Crosstrek now... Results still being evaluated...
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I towed a VW Jetta (front wheel drive) TDI cross country for about 28k miles. Had a bit of trouble over those miles but overall it wasn't too bad, except:

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to load the car on the dolly. By the time you wrestle the straps, check everything twice, damn OCD anyway!

About 5 minutes to unload.

It's messy dealing with the dirty straps and ratchets. Ratchets get full of dirt and grime and occasionally need replacement.

Your overall vehicle length will increase which is a concern in some states like Texas with a 60' towed length limit.

I towed at 59'4" and that has a huge impact on turning radius and timing your turns at corners and such. Highly recommend a rear view camera if you don't have one!

I got into a couple of places that I was way too long for, particularly 'state' parks in Missouri and Virginia where I had to drop everything to get to my parking space. The parks allowed me to store the dolly in their compound but still added about 40 minutes to getting parked or leaving.

You can backup short distances but jackknifing is going to happen. I had a pretty good dent in the kick panel of the car from the fender on the dolly...

I had to change a tire on the dolly on the shoulder on I-44 in Missouri one time, that was fun.

I waited two days in "BF" Kentucky to get tires that had an appropriate trailer rating.

Mileage may vary...

For me I've lived and learned I guess. I've gone 4 down with a Subaru Crosstrek now... Results still being evaluated...
Maximum length is 65 feet in Texas. I had to study that for the Class B exempt CDL.
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