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Old 04-30-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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Looking for owner comments on Demco Karkaddy 3 dolly

I didn't find any previous posts to answer my questions so I'm starting this one.

I am considering a Demco KarKaddy 3 to tow behind my Vista 26HE to haul my 2013 KIA Soul. Weights are within MH limits.

I know I can't back up with the KIA loaded, but can I back the dolly into my driveway, at a campground, etc. with the dolly empty using the motorhome which does have a back up camera?

Its too heavy to handle using manual labor and my driveway has a slight uphill slope on entry. I've read another suggestion to put a hitch on the KIA and use it to move the dolly. Has anyone used this solution with success?

Any other comments/advice/help appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-30-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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Can be done, but the dolly is so short compared to the MH it's be hard to control. I added a hitch to the Odyssey so I could move the dolly easier although we don't use the dolly (KK SS460) at all now.

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Old 04-30-2015, 01:19 PM   #3
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If you have surge brakes, the dolly will skid. Otherwise except being short, it can be backed.

Same thing with using KIA, with surge brakes.

I have backed mine into 2 sites. Since I was on grass, it skid along.

They make a lockout valve, that hooks to the reverse light wires, for backing. Very popular on boat trailers.

If you have electric brakes, no problem.

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Old 04-30-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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Just checked, the brochure said surge brakes. From your post, unless the braking system is disabled, the dolly wheels will slide instead of rolling. This doesn't sound good to me as the driveway at home, which is my main area of concern, is asphalt.
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The Acme dolly shows in the video, a key that can be taped into a slot, to block the brakes from applying.

You could give a call to KarKaddy and see if they have something like that.
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I originally was going with the Kar Kaddy but in the end got the ACME. It does have a key to lock out the surge brakes which you can see in their video and is relatively lightweight. As for backing, with the long overhang of the coach and the shortness of the dolly, even going straight will be a challenge because as you back up as soon as the dolly starts to turn you won't be able to correct it.

I really like the Kia Soul, but my wife doesn't so I am not allowed to get one. Had one for a rental car once and loved it.
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I back mine empty often, the surge brake isn't that sensitive.
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We have backed the empty tow dolly (SS) many times, as someone said, it is almost impossible to control behind the motor home because of the length dynamics. We used the hitch on the PT Cruiser to position it. Ours also moves easily hand pushing but maybe not up your hill.

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