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Old 05-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #15
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One factor to consider is that with a tow dolly, there is a lot less "wear and tear" on the vehicle being towed. About the only wear item is the rear tires, as opposed to brakes, suspension, steering rack, transmission, etc.

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Old 05-12-2011, 04:56 PM   #16
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We tow both ways enclosed trailer for the winter, tow dolly in the summer. For the winter we put our Smart and Goldwing in the enclosed trailer along with all kinds of other need items. In the summer we tow our Prius on the dolly. Advantages to both ways. I have never had a problem with the trailer finding a spot. When making reservations I just make sure to get a pull through. My overall length is 63 feet so I fit most spots. As mentioned you cannot back to tow dolly so you have to be very careful where you go for gas, sightseeing etc. You can back the trailer out of most any place you can drive it. There really is no best way to tow, it is up to each individual to fit your needs. I personally do not care for the 4 down, the car is getting more wear and you still have to cost of the towbar etc, and will it fit the next toad. Our Demco tow dolly and our Southwest enclosed trailer have served us well over the years and should be good more many more. Good luck on whichever way you end up going.

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Old 06-05-2011, 06:17 PM   #17
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Dean, we also have a Prius and I've thought about using a tow dolly. The biggest negative that I've read is that you should remove the rear bumper because the rear is too close to the pavement when towing. Have you had this problem or does the Demco keep the rear far enough off the road?
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Be careful with 4-down. If you have an automatic it can damage your transmission.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:35 PM   #19
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I have been using a tow dolly for 7 years. Believe me when I tell you that there is absolutely no reason to wish this curse on another fellow RVer. We want to replace our car but have not been in the right circumstances to do so yet. The old coach took priority. I hope this new one treats us better and we can replace the car with a 4 down model in the near future. I love my Scion. Can't do 4 down. Love is growing dim.

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