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Old 07-23-2016, 09:45 AM   #1
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Dolly towing Honda Fit?

Hi all, I'm completely new to to MH game, so dolly towing is all new to me. We ordered a 2017 Tiffin 36LA and are going to be dolly towing a 2016 Honda Fit FWD. We're thinking of getting the Kar Kaddy SS as our dolly. Does anyone have any experience with dolly towing the fit? Anything I should watch out for? One specific question that I have is on the locking steering column. Seems like the KK wants you to lock it but other dolly types mention specifically leaving it unlocked.

I appreciate your thoughts and patience as I learn.

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Welcome and congrats on the new MH.
You've come to the right place for advice on dolly towing your Fit. Others will be along shortly to assist.

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The only dolly, I have heard of, that requires you to unlock the steering is the Acme dolly.

American Tow, Stehl Tow and Master Tow, along with others, have swivel plates that the car tires get strapped in.
Its sort of like putting the wheel of a little red wagon under the front of your car.

The KK dolly has it's own steering wheels so the car does not need to steer. Actually, you may not want them to.

The Acme dolly needs the car steering to be unlocked so it can pull your car wheels into a turn.
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Your Honda will be safe and happy on top of a dolly free of mileage on the lower driveline and protected from rock strikes like flat towing risks.

On a Demco dolly, leave the car on the dolly with the ignition off and steering as it would be if parked. And obviously, for towing any car by any method, ensure the parking brake (rear wheels) is NOT engaged.

The steering on the car is unlocked -only- for flat towing or using a dolly that has no pivot pan or dolly steering (which all Demco dollies have).

Just FYI, the KarKaddy SS could be about the heaviest dolly available...almost 700lb! Its high weight comes from heavy construction and the fancy design with steering axle and other functional bits. Even with the wheeled tongue jack, this could make moving it around separate from the RV, a chore.
Not all dollies are this heavy. We added a lightweight hitch to the car to make moving the dolly around, SO EZE And being a receiver design, the hitch doubles as a mount for a bike rack or cargo platform.

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it is funny... back in 2014, fit was dinghy towable. it was one of the easiest toads in the market. hook it up and go. now people have to deal with a dolly... oh well, that is life... happy trails!
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Thanks All!

Thanks for all of the feedback! Interesting note about the weight, as I'd not considered that.
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Hi all, I'm completely new to to MH game, so dolly towing is all new to me. We ordered a 2017 Tiffin 36LA and are going to be dolly towing a 2016 Honda Fit FWD. We're thinking of getting the Kar Kaddy SS as our dolly. Does anyone have any experience with dolly towing the fit? Anything I should watch out for? One specific question that I have is on the locking steering column. Seems like the KK wants you to lock it but other dolly types mention specifically leaving it unlocked.

I appreciate your thoughts and patience as I learn.

Thanks

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Do you already have the Fit? If not, there are choices that would eliminate the need for the dolly, which I think you will soon learn is a PITA.
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Yeah, we'd purchased the Fit knowing that we wanted to dolly tow. It may not be the right answer, but we'll give 'er a try, and see if it works :-)
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We were unsure about dolly towing at first...so rented a U-Haul dolly...3 times!

I believe U-Haul rents a Master Tow unit (very robust).
It got easier and easier each time, proving the concept.

No need to buy one of the decreasing number of cars that can be flat towed
And several cars that were flat towable according to the maker are now not recommended for it after melting transmissions.
Plus you can switch cars in the future with NO issues or additional costs...just hook-up and go.

I used to advise that flat towing was just as good, but - after seeing SO MANY folks flat towing WITHOUT supplemental brakes on the car, I now believe dolly towing can be safer and overall better.


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Sorry if I missed it, does the Fit have a locking steering column? If it doesn't, I would also look at the ACME EZE Tow, which is much lighter and smaller than the Kar Kaddy SS. Don't get me wrong, the Kar Kaddy SS is a beautiful dolly, but with that light a car not sure I would want to handle the extra weight moving it around and towing down the road.

If your steering does lock, than the Kar Kaddy SS would be a great option as long as the retractable ramps provide enough clearance on that small car.
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