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Old 01-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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Need advice on tow dolly

I am a "newbe" but have hauled a 10' trailer in the past. I'll be traveling with a Jayco 23' Eagle with new brakes. I will be towing my Prius which has a GVWR of just under 4000lbs and a curb weight of 3042lbs. My tow hitch is rated for 5000lbs. I will be doing a lot of hills and mountains over many months. I intend to buy a new tow dolly and need advice on whether I should buy it equipped with brakes or without. The dealer seemed to think that with the combo I shouldn't need brakes. But the dealer and I are on the flatlands of South Jersey. I would appreciate all comments. Thanks

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Old 01-11-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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You need to add the weight of dolly. Most weigh about 500lbs. You should have brakes. For your safety and others.

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Brakes? yes.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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I have a ACME TOW dolly and it has surge disc brake's and work's great
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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I would do a drive shaft disconnect and

tow 4 wheels down. Call Randy at Drive Shaft King in Dallas,TX. I did this to my 5000 lb Ford Expedition and it works great. You then don't have to worry about storing the dolly at camp site.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:22 PM   #6
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Not sure you can do a drive shaft disconnect on a Prius. However do get brakes. Some states require them on a dolly. We have a Kemco DarKaddy III that we use to tow a 2012 VW Jedda Diesel. It works great. You can get a good price on one at PPL Motor homes in Texas. They will drop ship it to your home if you want.

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Old 01-21-2014, 04:47 AM   #7
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Thanks all that replied. This was in today's RV Newsletter

RV Daily Tips Issue 302. January 21, 2014 | RV Travel
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:40 PM   #8
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The Jayco Eagle is a Travel Trailer...but anyway, guess you are gonna towing a Prius with a Class C RV.

Brakes are a VERY good idea, BUT are not required in many states that use a "combination vehicle" formula - "vehicle must stop in XX feet from a speed of XX MPH." Check with you local authorities.

IMHO a dolly is the best way to go for your car. No mods to the car, safe, strong, inexpensive, and easy to use. Towing the Prius flat will put miles on the lower driveline - even if it was able to be towed flat...which I don't think it is.

There are many very good dolly's - from the lightweight Acme EZE-Tow to the very strong and heavy Demco KarKaddy. Get one you like. Get one with brakes.

Here's a hint...try renting a U-Haul dolly for your first outing. They are cheap for a local return and will give you an idea about what dolly towing with your RV and car is like. Make an educated decision from that.

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Brakes for sure, you won't be sorry.
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I have a Master Tow with electric brakes. It's been dependable and reliable. I have the larger model but you can get away with the smaller 77T with your Prius.
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Roadmaster 2000-1, had mine since 2005 no problems. Towed large Buick, full size truck and now a Corolla. One of the best tow dolly out there.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:17 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by dbwesq View Post
I will be doing a lot of hills and mountains over many months.
Are you going to be on the move constantly or tending to stay in one place for longer periods? If the later and you have a driving-age companion you might consider having them simply follow you. Fuel cost on a Prius (especially factoring in mileage loss on the tow vehicle) will probably be less than any kind of towing setup. Just a suggestion, it works well for some people but not for others, depending on circumstances.

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