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Old 07-05-2006, 01:20 PM   #15
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OK, all, give me some help here .

Dealer will sell me a Master Tow Dolly w/o brakes for $800 and with brakes for $1300...says I don't need brakes for a PT Cruiser. What do you think?

Also thinking about a tandem dolly to also carry the Goldwing from RaceCityRV Products:

http://www.racecityrvproducts.com/gallery.htm

Looks to be about $3700 do do that, but then I don't need the M/C Lift .

I don't think the wife would like my tearing apart her car to put the base plate on !
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IMO, 4 wheels down is still a more convenient option. However, if you will be wanting to also tow a MC, that dolly from Race City looks pretty good. In any case, I'd recommend brakes on the dolly or a TOAD brake. We initially used a Master Tow dolly w/o brakes and I would not do that again.

I've installed base plates on a Ford Focus SVT and my current TOAD, Ford Explorer. Front fascia does need to be removed but when done, car looks fine.
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No easy answer here.....purely personal preference, my personal preference is tow four down with no dolly to worry about...I tow four down and use the SMI Silent Partner.
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I also prefer 4 wheels down. I would insist on brakes if you use the dolly with a break away system to activate the brakes if the hitch fails.

I have a Blue Ox tow bar and base plate. There are two small holes for the attachment points below the bumper. So far (3-1/2 years), no one has asked about them. Otherwise you can't tell anything is there.

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Old 07-09-2006, 07:15 PM   #19
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5 1/2 years for ours, with remco pump, no problems at all. Cant see the tow holes. Would not go any other way.
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With the Roadmaster EZ twistlock the facia must be removed (easy) but no modification is necessay. Brackets extend through the vents beside the fog lights.
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Tom and Norma,

I would certainly get brakes. Our PT GT convt weighs in close to 3500 lbs. It is no lite weight.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by THutch:
Dealer will sell me a Master Tow Dolly w/o brakes for $800 and with brakes for $1300...says I don't need brakes for a PT Cruiser. What do you think? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ask the dealer if he'll pay for your insurance deductible...GET THE BRAKES...Otherwise, your stopping distance will be much much longer...
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The dealer says you "don't need brakes". I would bet he doesn't even know what a PT weighs, and he sure doesn't know the laws in 48 states and the Canadian provinces that would come into use if you should have an accident someplace because you couldn't stop quite in time. Get the brakes whatever way you go.
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I absolutely agree with all of the other people who have agreed that braking in the PT Cruiser is needed. In addition to reducing stopping distance, the possibility of the tow bar breaking and having the car running free is another consideration. The auxiliary braking device will help bring the car to a stop.

Add the brake!!!

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OK, Y'all convinced me...I need brakes! We took the motorhome out for the first trip this weekend, and I'm convinced I need a toad. So I'll be working on bringing it together. Thanks for all the advice!
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Just brought home a Master Tow Dolly with surge brakes! I'll be playing with it this weekend to get it setup right.

<span class="ev_code_RED">Again, thanks for all the help and advice!!</span>
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THutch,

Good luck with the Dolly. Although I tow my PT Cruiser with four wheels down, the dolly is certainly the other option.

If you want additional lights on the back of the car, two of my Winnebago friends use the magnetic mount lights on the back of the car.

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To flat tow a PT, do you need to leave the key in the [on] position? I have an 02 PT (auto) that I was thinking about towing and it seems that the car DOES NOT have the steering wheel lock...which means I do not need the keys in the ignition when towing, right? (if right, this is good!!)...

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