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Old 03-13-2013, 04:55 AM   #43
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:31 AM   #44
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I see the advantages of both methods. However, I have two vehicle I want to tow for different situations. One is a Mazda 3 which cannot be towed flat but I want to take it when we go to the mountains. It's light weight and very fun to drive on the mountain curves. The second is a heavier minivan (Toyota Sienna) which we will take to the beach to haul all our gear and two kids. It can be towed four down but requires a transmission pump $$$.

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Same reason I have a dolly. I have two cars and change often enough to out weigh the installation of gear to make it possible. Also having to buy a car based on its ability to tow 4 down.

My Kar-Kaddy SS 360 is a great product that's completely galvanized, has self steering wheels that make it track more in line with the RV, and it takes up very little space at the campsite with the pivot front and flip up ramps.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #46
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Like Don, I swap toads, so 4 down isn't for me.

I also have been able to help buddies with breakdowns...they often ask me for car-help anyway, so it saves a bunch of cash - priced a towtruck lately?

And finally, the cars I tow do not accumulate any miles on the frontend driveline. So, I will have no issues come time of resale.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #47
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We use a dolly for flexibility and to save some $'s. I still have my mid-life crisis '97 Sebring convertible and can't seem to part with it. We tow it with a Mastercraft 80THDSB with surge brakes and can handle anything that our DP can pull. It is also saving us from spending the $'s necessary to buy a vehicle that can be towed 4-down plus the additional costs for a base plate, tow bar, toad brakes and re-wiring the lights (plus I can keep the convertible!!!). Currently in FL and heading out to PCH this summer and then Route 66. No better places to have a rag top.

I timed the difference for me hook up the car vs a neighbor going 4-down. It was about 15 mins since I use the safety chains and have to get up under the front end to hook them up and need to use some 2x6's to keep the front cowl from catching on the dolly, otherwise the process is fairly smooth.

So far we've saved $15000+ (used SUV plus towing equipment) otherwise we might be towing 4-down.

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