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Old 05-09-2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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Hi I saw an add for a master tow model 80thd tow dolly with elec.brakes, running and brake lights, 14" wheels,tie down straps, brake away chains.2" ball,and 7 pin round connector, all for $1295.00 +tax pickup in PA (where I live) How are master tow any pros or cons would help. Thanks Rick and Robin
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi Rick & Robin,

I too am interested in one of those and a dealer in (strangely enough) Lyons, NY quoted me the same price. He had a used one on the lot without brakes. I wasn't interested but it did look sturdy.
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We have a Master Tow (80THD-SURG $1818.00) with surge brakes towing a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. It's served it well and the brakes have performed very well in one panic stop. Your price is about five to six hunderd less than new. I'd buy it again.

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We have a Master Tow (80THD-SURG $1818.00) with surge brakes towing a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. It's served it well and the brakes have performed very well in one panic stop. Your price is about five to six hunderd less than new. I'd buy it again.

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His add shows $1399 for electric brakes 80THDEB.
MASTER TOW DOLLY The guy working there did quote me $1295 and I think he has them on Craigslist for that pick up only. That was last fall though so I may have procrastinated to long.
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I also have a Master Tow 80THDSB with surge brakes. I have towed two different Toyotas with it over 18,000 miles with only one problem. If you get one get it with LED lights or switch the bulb type to LED. The bulb type burn out quickly. I purchased mine from All Pro Truck and Trailer Accessories, Mechanicsburg, PA. I believe it was $1600.00 including drop and ball, wired out the door.
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You can buy Master Tow LED lights as a upgrade kit. https://www133.safesecureweb.com/mastertow/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=8&cat=Tow%20Dollies well worth the money and effort. We had light problems as well. LED lights are guaranteed for life.

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I also have the 80THDEB which tows very effectively. My only problem was with a car that has a low front cowling. Tore it up. New car also has low cowling but resolved problem by making small approach ramps with 2X8 lumber. On the road the 80THDEB stops very well. Good deal. BUY it.
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Towing a Toyota Tundra CrewMax

I am wondering if my Master tow 80THDSB will tow my Tundra? Is the max tow rating of the Master Tow just for the front axle or the total weight of the tow vehicle? Is the Tundra just too heavy for any tow dolly? I believe the Tundra weighs 7000 lbs ??? I know I've seen full size pick-ups being towed with motor coaches.

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Probably the total weight, that's the way it is with our KK-460.

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YES, our low center of gravity and patented ramp system allows every vehicle with a dry weight of under 5,000 pounds and less than 79 inches wide, to fit. That means a 2 seater Smart Car all the way up to a Lincoln Navigator!
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I am wondering if my Master tow 80THDSB will tow my Tundra? Is the max tow rating of the Master Tow just for the front axle or the total weight of the tow vehicle? Is the Tundra just too heavy for any tow dolly? I believe the Tundra weighs 7000 lbs ??? I know I've seen full size pick-ups being towed with motor coaches.

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You have more things to consider than the vehicle weight. Is your Tundra 2wd or 4wd? If 4wd, does it have a manual shift transfer case or a electric switch shift transfer case? If 2wd do you have a driveshaft disconnect installed? Your Tundra has a curb weight of approximately 5500lbs.
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My 80THDSB is listed to being able to have a gross vehicle weight of 4,900 so the Tundra would be out.

IF you get one with surge brakes, make sure you get the manual for the coupler they used. You need to know how to test the coupler, how much fluid etc. The information is not in the Master Tow Operations Manual. Mine came with a Titan product and I did not like the safety pin that keeps the coupler closed. The little ball on the pin cannot hold the pin in place. I replaced it with a 3" lock/pto pin from a farm store that won't be able to slide out on its own.
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The quote I posted in post #9 is from the Master Tow site and is for the 80thd model.
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IIIKrob, I have a 2 wheel drive. I did not know about a drive shaft disconnect. Could you explain?

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How can they say; "up to a Lincoln Navigator"? A 2013 4x2 (lightest model) comes in at 5794lbs and 79.7" wide (tires). That is over the weight and not sure I'd want to drive on to a dolly with only 3/10" margin.

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