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Old 06-09-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Dolly & Bikes on Toad

I'm thinking of towing a Chevy Equinox with a dolly. Thus avoiding all of the modifications to the car.

I also want to bring along two electric bikes and put them on the back of the toad. These bikes weigh about 50 pounds each. I have found a rack that will handle these bikes on the back of the Equinox.

My question is ... with the Equinox up on the dolly and the bikes on the back of the toad ... will there be enough clearance under the bikes ... with the front up, the back will be down.

Any thoughts?

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Depends on the bike rack. What did you get?
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I was concerned about this with regular bikes behind our PT Cruiser. I used a double hitch so I could mount the bikes on the RV above the dolly. I did have to solve the problem with clearance above the surge brake controller. It would not have been a problem with electric brakes. I had a welder raise up the upper receiver enough to provide the needed clearance.

Now that we have a CRV 4-down, we put the bikes on the back.
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Depends on the bike rack. What did you get?
Playtime, I have not purchased a rack yet. Still researching.
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I was concerned about this with regular bikes behind our PT Cruiser. I used a double hitch so I could mount the bikes on the RV above the dolly. I did have to solve the problem with clearance above the surge brake controller. It would not have been a problem with electric brakes. I had a welder raise up the upper receiver enough to provide the needed clearance.

Now that we have a CRV 4-down, we put the bikes on the back.
Coupe, Thanks for the tip on a double hitch. I'm now leaning towards towing four flat.
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If you reconsider dolly towing...also depends on the dolly...large tires and pivot pan style dollies put the car's tail low.

The EZE Tow by Acme is possibly the lowest dolly made (22" tires and no pivot pan).

We have traveled with a cargo rack in the receiver hitch of our SUV and had no issues.

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If you reconsider dolly towing...also depends on the dolly...large tires and pivot pan style dollies put the car's tail low.

The EZE Tow by Acme is possibly the lowest dolly made (22" tires and no pivot pan).

We have traveled with a cargo rack in the receiver hitch of our SUV and had no issues.

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Scarab,

And as usual I seesaw back and forth, with your post and the idea of a double hitch on the RV ... dolly towing doesn't sound so bad after all.

Thanks!

So where I'm at right now is
1) An Equinox - tow four down
2) Have an additional choice of an Escape or CRX and tow dolly them.

While the cost is slightly a wash ... minimal head ache at the front of with a tow dolly ... slightly more time each get-up&go ... and quick resell at back end with no modifications ... and only one system to fail.

Still on the fence ... enjoying my deliberations!



Which leads me to another question which I'll ask in another thread.
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If you can do 4 down its the easiest way to go. Obviously good and bad with any setup you choose however if between those two 9/10 times I would do 4 down. Only reason I wouldn't do 4 down is if there was a chance that different vehicles might need to be towed, the dolly allows that.

For me resale of the dolly isn't really a advantage due to the dolly needing a license, tires need maintenance/replaced etc...
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If you can do 4 down its the easiest way to go. Obviously good and bad with any setup you choose however if between those two 9/10 times I would do 4 down. Only reason I wouldn't do 4 down is if there was a chance that different vehicles might need to be towed, the dolly allows that.

For me resale of the dolly isn't really a advantage due to the dolly needing a license, tires need maintenance/replaced etc...
NC25T,

Thanks for your advice on 4 down. I'm leaning in that direction. It just that it reduces the number of cars that can be towed. My wife wants the new CRV and I like the Ford Escape .... which leaves the only mid-sized SUV the Equinox.

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I use a dolly (EZ Tow) on my CRV and have a 4 bike rack we either put on the back of the MH or the CRV when towing. It clears just fine.
I would not let this be a decision factor in whether to go tow dolly or 4-down.
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I have the EZEE tow dolly and a 4 bike carrier, here is my set up

I have towed my elentra and a Toyota RAV, neither had any issue with the bikes. I use the double hitch that is rated at 4000lbs and 400lb tongue weight. My only concern would be the weight of your two electric bikes and the tongue weight of the dolly with vehicle. There is a heavier double hitch tho you can buy.
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