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Old 09-07-2018, 06:13 AM   #1
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Is it Better to Dolly Tow a $3,000 Toad?

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This is not a flat vs tow dolly thread hooking up and disconnecting thread.

My question is does it make more pracitical and economical sense to dolly tow 3,000$ toad? If the car needs a major repair just trade in for something else.

This would not be for full time use and only to tow for about 3,000 miles a year.

What do folk think?

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We didn't own a potential Toad when we bought our RV and faced a similar situation. I opted to go with an inexpensive Toad and a Ready Brute tow bar. Using the Ready Brute meant the Toad specific item was the Base Plate. The brake cable and wiring could be transferred to a "new" Toad. The system meant the cost to replace the Toad would be at best the cost of the base plate and at worst would be the tow bar, a light kit and the brake cable for the Ready Brute system plus my time to install.

Murphy's Law prevailed and the eldest grandson wrecked the original toad in an accident. By picking the Ready Brute system and doing my own installation, the set up for the "new" toad only cost me $425 for the Blue Ox base plate. It would have been about $150 more if the brake cables and light wiring had not transferred to the new Toad.

Even with the unexpected replacement, we're still below the cost of a dolly and we haven't had to deal with a dolly. Just our experience. Hope it helps in your decision process.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim,

I had not considered the Ready brute, but did see one in action recently. I will look further in to it.
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Any of the many removable brake systems provide the same reuse w a newer toad... The base plate is the biggest $ and that's not too bad if you DIY.
Lights / wiring also fairly minor if DIY and you need them w a dolly anyway so its a wash. Magnetic lights make them reuseable slso.
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Thanks Don,

I definitely would not be doing it myself.
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Adventure RV has the Ready Brute on sale for $699:
ReadyBrute RV Tow Bar 8000 lbs Aluminum Ready Brute - $699.00
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Thanks Bob,

I will check that out.
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You’ll still be incurring costs even though the towing mileage will be low. Insurance, registration, maintenance, storage if necessary, etc. For me, it would come down to what my daily driver would be. If you’re talking a $80k BMW that you don’t want to be without, it may make sense. If you drive a $20k SUV and a Honda CRV would be a worthy replacement, having one for everything makes more sense.

Also, if it needs a major repair, you likely won’t get much if anything for it. You should consider the cost of the extra vehicle as throw away money.
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Adventure RV has the Ready Brute on sale for $699:
ReadyBrute RV Tow Bar 8000 lbs Aluminum Ready Brute - $699.00
Close, but that is the non-braking version of the bar. Made the mistake when I acquired my tow bar from Adventure RV. Only the Elite model has the braking system.

https://www.adventurerv.net/elite-re...3eulfe1dkjdv11

For the OP's question, personal choice. I wouldn't go out and replace a car I already have that could be dolly towed just to be able to tow four down. Particularly for a potential tow 3K miles a year. When I started out I had a four tow towable car so I went that direction. Replaced it with a four down also.
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My mistake on the ReadyBrute sale, thanks for catching it.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies.

Neither of our daily drivers are suitable for flat or dolly towing. I am looking at dedicated cheap toads.
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The cost of the Ready Brute Elite definitely makes flat towing a contender.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies.

Neither of our daily drivers are suitable for flat or dolly towing. I am looking at dedicated cheap toads.
Exactly where I was a few months ago.........I pulled an old 2005 Lexus es on a dolly about a year and 10K miles. Car is old and not worth much.....I wanted an inexpensive flat tow because it fits our kind of travel better then a Dolly. I purchased a 2015 Kia soul Manual transmission for $11K. Great inexpensive, light car and seats 4 comfortably. Pulls like a dream !!! Just finished a 5K mile trip........
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You might opt for a nice dolly. Then get a 0% interest lease of an inexpensive FWD vehicle. You will always have a reliable, comfortable vehicle for only a small monthly payment that would be under warranty, no repairs.
You could get one of those super low mileage leases as the car would not accumulate miles on the dolly.
Very little up front with stable payments. At the end of the lease you have a very low mileage car that you can sell or turn back to the lease company.
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