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Old 09-14-2018, 02:56 AM   #29
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Haha...not every thread goes off topic. BUT threads about dolly towing ALL get the flat tow gang telling us how flat towing is better.

But reality is dolly towing is less investment, there is no modifications needed for the car, and you can change cars at will.
We have over 15,000miles on our dolly, have towed everthing from a tiny 2 door import to a full sized E-Series (just dropped the driveshaft).

Unloading takes less time than our flat tow travel partners and loading takes the same time.
And finally, there is no need to get on the ground to load a dolly...people spend thousands to set-up to flat tow, but will not take a moment to make dolly towing easier (like add a safety chain hook-up in an easy location, or add to the ramps skip-proofing).

Flat towing is great, but too restrictive for us. If you go that route, don't be surprised when the costs exceed what you would have paid for a simple dolly.

And...please tow with brakes. Just smart and safer,

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We dolly our Prius. I spent 3 hours running wire and mounting lights (tail, stop, and rear side markers). Next will be installing eyebolts to change create a better safety chain mounting point.
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A Prius would be a good option.
I could also use ot to drive to work from April to October and keep the mileage down on my Sequoia and save some gas.
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Setting up for dolly tow or flat tow can be very different depending on many aspects of the toad and the different system used. We have a flat tow system is very simple, and a two minute connect/disconnect. Toad is ideal for flat towing and the brake system is permanently installed (not a "portable" unit). Hookup the towbar, plug in the umbilical and go.
Don't forget the differences in maintenance between a dolly and a towbar.
Many variables and considerations for how you are planniing to use the toad.
We travel to visit many points of interest, not camping. We spend nights in the motorhome and days traveling/visiting with the toad. Connecting/unconnecting the tow every two or three days.
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...Don't forget the differences in maintenance between a dolly and a towbar...
Exactly

Like, wear and tear...
*Flat tow means the car has all those miles added to the lower drive-line of the toad (transaxle seals and fluid, CV joints and boots, and shaft bearings)
*Dolly tow means all the miles are on a free-wheeling trailer axle. The axle might need hub service about every 5 years or so.

Like resale...
*Flat tow means that except for another RV'r, buyers will shy away knowing there are all those hidden miles on the car.
*Dolly tow means the car is free from any extra miles.

Like Roadway Hazard...
*Flat tow means the car is low and vulnerable to rock chips and road debris damage...unless you obtain and use a bulky shield of some sort.
*Dolly tow means the car is safe, up high behind the RV protected from most all roadway hazards.

Our dolly is a solid steel frame that has only two moving parts...the wheels and brakes. It is so simple to use, requires very rare service, and can stand-up against a wall to store.

The dolly rarely even gets unhooked from our RV. But when it does, it is easy to move by hand or simply connected to a lightweight hitch on the toad, that doubles as a mount for a bike rack

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The decision was easy for us since a Demco toe dolly was included with the MH when we bought it. Picked it up in IL, drove car onto dolly and came home. No work needed on toad to bring it home.

When we travel we take whichever car we want. No additional prep is necessary.
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I flat tow 93 Aerostar XLT longwherl base van. Only issue is unhooking and hooking up drive shaft. Got it down to 15 minutes+15 minutes to hook/unhook van. Van paid for, runs great, ugly as hell.
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Thanks all for the advice,

Whether I dolly or flat tow I will be toad shopping in the spring. It will have to be a hatchback or small SUV as have a 60lb lab and need to carry Kayaks.
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