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Old 06-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Kar Kaddy and a Hybrid

We are looking into any number of ways to tow a vehicle along with out Winnie 35j sightseer. Coming to the top of the pile after reading numerous posts is using the Kar Kaddy SS. From the sound of it most folks are happy with the set up.

Has anyone had experience with towing a hybrid in this manner? There is lots of conflicting information especially around Toyota vehicles. They apparently don't like their vehicles to be towed to anywhere other than the dealership.

In all seriousness, we are considering towing a Lexus ct200h or a Ford cmax. Any information you can share would be great. Thanks for the assist.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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We tow a Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Same as Ford Escape. No problems using a Master Tow dolly w/electric brakes and a pendulum controller.
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As long as all drive wheels are off the ground there won't be any problem other than the posible low groung clearance when loading and un loading. The Kar Kaddy SS comes with a fold down light bar in the middle of the frame and I had to remove that.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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We also have a Sightseer 35j. Our towed vehicle of choice is our AWD Ford Escape. We have not implemented our plan yet but our intention is to buy an open frame tandem axle car trailer to carry the Escape behind us in tow. This combo approaches the tow cap limit but saves us $$$ because we own the Escape and will not need to purchase all of the accessories needed for a four down TOAD. We also have a FWD Focus we could use on a dolly but we think the compact SUV will be be a better choice for scouting sites and other chores.
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we tow our Honda Civic Hybrid on the ACME EZE TOW Dolly...no issues whatever!
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I tow a Lincoln MKZ ( sister to ford fusion) hybrid 4 wheels down! Note you need a special type supplemental brake system for full time electric brakes on hybrids too!
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I tow a Lexus RX300 on a KarKaddy SS. I did not like the stock tie-down wenches. I re-engineered, and fabricated new wenches. I do like the KarKaddy SS.
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Since you are also looking at Fords, just ask your dealer for the Ford Towing Guide (you can also search this forum for it). You might just be able to tow the c-Max 4 down and that is always preferable to dolly towing.
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I tow a Lexus RX300 on a KarKaddy SS. I did not like the stock tie-down wenches. I re-engineered, and fabricated new wenches. I do like the KarKaddy SS.
You've got tie-down wenches on your KarKaddY? Kinky!!

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You might just be able to tow the c-Max 4 down and that is always preferable to dolly towing.
Is that because there is less hardware to store at the destination or is it also a safety issue? According to Ford you can tow a CMax 4 down.

Less equipment is always a plus but then I am married to the car I get the baseplate for... My wife likes to have options and a dolly seems like a good choice... Unless there is a safety concern (I have not seen much either way).
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We are currently looking at the ct200h to put on a dolly to tow. The mph on the ct200h is great. I have a buddy that swears he gets upper 40's to 50 mpg with it on the road . It would balance the mileage from the RV. Lol.
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Is that because there is less hardware to store at the destination or is it also a safety issue? According to Ford you can tow a CMax 4 down.

Less equipment is always a plus but then I am married to the car I get the baseplate for... My wife likes to have options and a dolly seems like a good choice... Unless there is a safety concern (I have not seen much either way).
No safety concern. It's just a preference, some people prefer 4 down while others prefer dolly towing. I have a Kar Kaddy SS, follows the coach fine don't know is there without looking in the rear camera. I boughg a used dolly, and tow a 03 Altima. Went with dolly because I didn't want buy a vehicle just to tow 4 down, plus all the equipment needed.
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