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Old 08-18-2016, 03:27 PM   #15
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Second, you have to do something with the dolly at the campsite once you unload. What that is depends on the campsite size and local rules, but it's an extra thing to deal with regardless.
We do not dolly tow, our cousin does. He complains a fair amount about storing the trailer. A few rv places he has stayed require the dolly be stored in a fenced in area, not large enough to pull a motor coach in and get turned around. He has pushed it by hand into the storage areas and removed it by hand. He finally put a hitch on his toad, he often hooks the dolly to to toad and drives it into storage.

In his vacation spots this sounds like a lot of extra work.

In the end you have to do what's right for you.


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As a card carrying member of the Dolly Club, I submit that the options when using a dolly make it preferable to many of us.

The ball hitch weight on a loaded dolly will not be more than a couple hundred pounds. So, just like flat towing, a receiver clamp is helpful to reduce bounce between the parts (optional of course).

We can load/unload as fast or faster than our Travel Partners who flat tow.
Our car(s) have no modifications and we can swap cars at will or haul someone else's car when needed.

On a dolly, the car/SUV is up-high and safe from the miles accrued on the car's lower driveline, and protected from the risk of rock strikes.

We have never been required to store the dolly off-site. It slides right under our RV. But because of stories like above, we added an inexpensive receiver to our toad...never used it to move the dolly, but it is nice to connect a bike rack

I submit, there is no reason to get under the car to load on a dolly. While people will go to extremes to modify a car to flat-tow, they won't add a simple loop of chain or steel cable on the car to aid connection of dolly safety chains.

With lights and brakes available on most all dollies, there is really no need to modify the car/SUV at all.

Dolly prices are also very low because they are readily available and can be bought used from others who made the special purchases to flat tow.

The OP's Pilot will work great on a dolly. Just gotta pick the best one for you...pivot pan (the most common), steering axle (like Demco KarKaddy), or fixed frame type(like EZE-Tow). They all work well.

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We don't drive to a destination and unhook and stay for a very long time. Sometimes it is a day or two, then maybe a week or two. This is an excellent discussion by knowledgeable people, and they all make sense, depending upon how you travel. After extensive research we sold our beloved AWD 4Runner which would have required two drive line disconnects to flat tow and bought a AWD Ford Edge. We flat tow the Edge. Simple, and the Explorer may be the same. Check Remcoindustlries.com for any vehicle or call them. More choices now that the American car makers are aware of the RV towing needs. Have fun out there!
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We don't drive to a destination and unhook and stay for a very long time. Sometimes it is a day or two, then maybe a week or two. This is an excellent discussion by knowledgeable people, and they all make sense, depending upon how you travel. After extensive research we sold our beloved AWD 4Runner which would have required two drive line disconnects to flat tow and bought a AWD Ford Edge. We flat tow the Edge. Simple, and the Explorer may be the same. Check Remcoindustlries.com for any vehicle or call them. More choices now that the American car makers are aware of the RV towing needs. Have fun out there!
We have a dolly and for the type of traveling we do it works well. We normally drive somewhere and stay for awhile. While enroute we try to find pull through's so we don't have to disconnect the toad. If I were going to be connecting and disconnecting often I'd tow four down.
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As a card carrying member of the Dolly Club, I submit that the options when using a dolly make it preferable to many of us.
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I use a dolly, a quality dolly costs about $1500 with a swivel plate and electric brakes. The benefits are easy on and off, very low hitch weight, you don't put miles on the drive trane, there are no additional parts to purchase when you change cars and you can back up without damaging the dolly or car once you get used to it.
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What brand tow dolly and with a swivel plate, does the steering wheel have to be unlocked?
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To the OP. If you like your Pilot, you have two choices. Buy a dolly or a low car hauler trailer. No other option. As others have said the dolly is a great versatile way to go. After a few hookups, it will be an easy routine. I've done the dolly, flat tow, open trailer and now an enclosed trailer, but I still flat tow the Avalanche sometimes. They all work fine and each one has it's advantage. Your situation calls for a good dolly with electric brakes. FWIW, there are dollies out there with surge brakes. They are fine for flat country, but can overheat when descending a long mountain grade with the motorhome Jake brake holding the speed down. Ask me how I know that.
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Except Disc surge brakes (available and preferable over drum) will not overheat on descents.

We selected surge brakes because the auto-adjust abilities from unloaded to the proper braking for any weight car...no messing with the controller.

Unlike a travel trailer which really doesn't ever change the braking power needed, a tow dolly has a wide weight range...unless you only tow 1 car and simply disable braking during travel unloaded.

That's just how we do it.
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Our '05 Ody is not flat towable according to Honda. I've towed it four down and on a dolly since we bought it. Now have 107,000 miles and have had only normal maintenance. Weighs less than 5,000#'s and seats 8.
Honda did not endorse towing in 2005, but they were towable 4 down. They changed the transmission around 2014 and are NOT towable 4 down any more.
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