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Old 07-05-2011, 09:38 AM   #15
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I'm thinking some form of protection might not be a bad idea.. But I have never seen a "Towed protector" designed for a dolly, Save for the road brushed that often do more damage then they prevent .. An RV-Underskirt (Blue Ox) or equal) might be best with a dolly.

As for lights. There is another discussion on that somewhere. I've never given it any thought and thus can not comment.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:01 AM   #16
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Interested in this thread. I have recently purchased a dolly, but it does not have surge brakes. I also want to be able to tow different vehicles, and upgrade at minimum cost. I have a A-frame that came with the RV but have never had any of our vehicles modified for it. A couple of other points: apparently you need to be careful in mounting an A-frame to a vehicle that you do not inadvertently strengthen the front and render your airbags useless. Just means that fitting the mounts is a specialist job apparently. Secondly, our dolly has lights and an extension plug on the wheel arches that we can connect to a plug on the toad that runs it's lights from the RV. The plug on the toad is the standard tow plug- we were going to fit an extra one at the front of the toad for convenience but have opted for an extension cord to the back instead. Works well. I am a little worried about the lack of brakes on the tow dolly, and I also wonder whether the front of the toad will need to be protected. Time will tell - the toad is a 95 Odyssey that has seen better days so can't really do much damage! When we fulltime in 18 months will get a better toad.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #17
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Well, my toying with the tow dolly idea is about to become history. I found out the Demco Kar Kaddy SS is limited to 76" tread width, as are most, and the Acadia is 78". Also, I would be over on the weight limit of the Kar Kaddy.

The only dolly I have found that could work is the Master Tow 80THD. It has 80" max tread width and is rated for 4900 lbs for the total toad weight and 2900 something for the actual weight on the axles. I would be under on both. The problem is it does not fold like the Demco and storage would be a problem.

I guess my next step is forgetting about the dolly and deciding what base plate and braking system I want to get for the Acadia. I am seriously considering the Ready Brake system with a Roadmaster base plate as it appears there is much less cutting on the car than with the Blue Ox.
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You do not legally need lights on the toad and also the dolly does not require a license plate.
That may or may not be true as it depends on which state you're in. Some states do require a license plate and some require lights to be on the rearmost part of something being towed.
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