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Old 06-12-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Dolly Tow vehicle

I have read a number of threads here on this forum. Hard, at times, to get a straight answer as owners tend to drift off topic. I'm specifically looking for someone with information on Dolly Towing,( not flat towing) as I have a tow dolly that will take my motorcycle as well. This has become very popular. I have read from many many owners why would you not want to flat tow? Well flat towing is not for all owners. Having said that, does any one have experience Dolly Towing with a FWD Honda CRV?
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:51 PM   #2
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Maybe if you had a specific question about towing on a dolley , what year CRV.
Most people get the CRV just to tow flat. Does your dolley call for locked or unlocked steering wheel how to manage locked if no lock on wheel ?
Do you want to tap into brake/turn signals.Does it easily clear front\lower to get on ramps or not.
Without a specif question ,It should tow dolley like any front wheel drive around the same size.
Put a hitch on CRV to move dolley and bike, sorry ,that's a no brainer.
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I have done both (with a mini cooper) - so will take a shot at answering your question. Advantage to a tow dolly is no mods needed to the car, and some manufacturers will void warrantee if you flat tow. With a short enough car you might not need lights on the car. And some tow dollies have a built in brake. It is kind of a quick entry into towing ... and with a front wheel drive car should present no problems.

On the other hand, getting a car onto the dolly presents something of an alignment issue, and with a low slung car (like the crv) you might have an issue with the front undercarriage bottoming out as the car rides up the ramps (with the mini i had to place 2” planks under the ramps to change the angle). Hooking and unhooking takes MUCH longer than flat tow, and so i would absolutely dread the possibility of getting stuck somewhere where i would need to unhook to back up. Also, you need to deal with where to put the tow dolly when at a campground. Not a problem with pull through sites, but somewhat painful with back ins.

All that said, a dolly is a quick way to start towing.. good luck!
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We tow a Ford Escape fwd on a Master Tow dolly without any problems. I cant imagine you having problems towing a CRV.

What questions do you have?
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