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Old 08-28-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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Flat Tow or Dolly

I just purchased a Winnebago Journey with the 400hp Cummins and can pull a good load. I haven't had a dingy before and am getting conflicting recommendations about either flat towing or pulling a dolly. I'm guessing it comes down to pesonal preference, but was wondering if anyone could provide me with some compeling advice - I believe my preference is to flat tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, but am unsure...
I'd really appreciate hearing from someone on this...
Thanks and Happy Trails!!!!

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Old 08-28-2016, 11:40 AM   #2
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Flat towing is for me. Don't want to mess with loading and securing into a dolly, moving the dolly around the campsite or other, maintenance on a dolly, etc. Four down is quick and relatively easy to connect/disconnect. If we stop somewhere and want to take the toad to go shopping or site seeing, easy to do. IMHO.

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Old 08-28-2016, 11:41 AM   #3
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Welcome .X2 on flat tow.

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Old 08-28-2016, 11:44 AM   #4
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Done it both ways with the same vehicle ('05 Honda Odyssey) behind the same vehicle ('02 Dutch Star DP). From a standpoint of which is better for the towed, then a dolly would be preferable. From a standpoint of ease then found down kind of wins IF your towed is towable four down.
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Personally I would never use a dolly. I would get a vehicle that can be towed 4-down. JMHO

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:49 AM   #6
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If your vehicle is 4-down towable, that is the preferred method. Tow dollies are designed to tow mainly FWD vehicles that are not 4-down towable.

If towable, you will need a tow bar, base plate, electrical hookups, and auxiliary brakes for the toad. Depending upon make/model of the equipment listed, they can run upwards to around $3000. If you are NOT the type to do your own work, having it done, you can probably add another $1000 for labor. Not cheap.'

Dollies can run any where from $1500 to $3000....again depending upon make/model. There are drawbacks to a dolly that typically will sway a decision to the 4-down towing, but many people use them. Their advantage is that you can put any FWD vehicle on them, so normally no need to purchase another vehicle just so you can tow them 4-down.

I personally, will have nothing but a 4-down vehicle; but that is just me. You need to weigh the good/bad and see which is best for you.

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Old 08-28-2016, 12:03 PM   #7
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might want to re-think the 2016 Cherokee. Just look for thread here about Cherokee problems concerning steering. Dave
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:41 PM   #8
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We tow a Prius (FWD) with a dolly. When we change vehicle we will get a four down due to reasons posted above. It works fine, but don't want to deal with this when we get older.

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Old 08-28-2016, 03:48 PM   #9
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Lots of threads here about "Flat tow or Dolly". Each has their advantage. In your case, Flat Tow may be the best, but do a search to read several opinions.
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Old 08-28-2016, 04:08 PM   #10
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Flat tow all the way. We full time and have to many things already. Flat is Easter to hook and unhook which is nice. Does cost more but look around if you have the time and you may be able to find good used cars with base plate or tow bars. It costs more but if you know the car will be with you for a while it is worth the expense. Jmho.

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Old 08-28-2016, 04:55 PM   #11
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we put the vehicle on a hauler flat trailer.
time wise hooking up and unhooking about the same as flat tow
no road rash on the vehicle, we can back up,
some parks we have to park the trailer in a separate area, but not very often

we tend to use different vehicles about every three years, so it makes sense dollar wise for us.

best answer is to weigh all the pros and cons and see what works best for you. a note: all of our vehicles are factory ready to tow four down in the event we need to.
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:20 PM   #12
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We went with the dolly angle. Didn't want to modify the Edge to flat tow. Also didn't want to stop every so often to run the engine to cool and lube the transmission. But that's what you do with a Ford Edge. Other vehicles are different but most have some quirk that needs to be taken care of. Here's a link to Edmund's website.

What Cars Can Be Flat-Towed Behind an RV? on Edmunds.com

I think there is a vehicle guide there for RV towing. They have as good information as I've seen about towing behind an RV.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:17 AM   #13
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Go for it, I've towed my Trailhawk across country without any issues and I drive a gasser.
Whatever you do make sure that you get one with the Active Drive II or it is NOT flat Towable.
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Old 09-01-2016, 04:45 AM   #14
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In my way of thinking towing four down is the only way to go. My Jeep Wrangler Sport (TJ) is perfect for the job. When we arrive at our destination the little Jeep becomes our way to adventure. Easy to set up, easy to disconnect and not as expensive as one might think depending on your supplier. I deal directly with Roadmaster in Vancouver WA and use their Falcon 2. Their customer service and tech support is excellent. JMHO

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