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Old 04-05-2005, 06:10 AM   #1
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I think I'm about to get into a motorhome, Class C, and wondering about towing my '05 Ford Escape. It's front wheel drive automatic, so will either need the lube pump-tow bar-brake setup, or I'll need to get a dolly. Cost of either option seems to be about the same - $2,500 to $3,000. What do you think? Appears easiest initially would be to go the dolly route, but I suppose that has its drawbacks, too. Thanks for your insight and advice!
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I think I'm about to get into a motorhome, Class C, and wondering about towing my '05 Ford Escape. It's front wheel drive automatic, so will either need the lube pump-tow bar-brake setup, or I'll need to get a dolly. Cost of either option seems to be about the same - $2,500 to $3,000. What do you think? Appears easiest initially would be to go the dolly route, but I suppose that has its drawbacks, too. Thanks for your insight and advice!
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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We just went on our 1st trip towing a 04 Honda Element, 4 wheels down with Blue Ox tow bar setup. It worked great...easy to connect and disconnect. We personnally would not want a dolly to worry about after disconnecting the car. Good luck

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SeeTheUSA, go with the lube pump and tow four wheels down, easiest and simpliest to hook and unhook. Ed.S
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:35 AM   #5
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Both systems have advantages and disadvanteges. The biggest drawback of the dolly is most folks complain that the storage of the dolly at the campsite is a pain, as the loading, unloading, and strapping down of the vehicle to the dolly. Advantage is the avoiding the initial setup of baseplate, lube pump, and brake system if the dolly has brakes on it.

Personally I like 4-down towing even though in your case you would need a lube pump system and braking system. The advantegous of easy tow and go makes up for the one time disadvantage of the initial cost of setup.


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I assume that once you put a lube-pump on, that you dont need to do any other weird thing, like stop every 50 miles and run the engine!! If you dont need to do anything else, then I'm with the other posters on towing 4 down. You have a new vehicle and I assume you will have it for a few years. The tow bar and braking system can be transferred to the next vehicle. The hooking and unhooking would be much simpler than using a dolly. And if you are like me, half the time you are doing the attaching, it's raining!!!
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If you want to try the dolly idea, buy a used one. There are a ton of them for sale. People buy them and use twice and say UG! Sell for less than half price. I saw several for $500.

I just walked a few campgrounds and talked to owners. Most that had dollies were ready to change. Some that towed four down had previously used dollies and switched. But if you buy used you can give it a try then get most of your money back.

We wound up trading our car, a new Toyota Camry in on a Honda Pilot. That Pilot is awesome.

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Hey SeeTheUSA,

We have been towing 4-down now since 1995-96, and like you at first were not sure how to go 4-down or dolly, but after talking with a lot of folks, most with dolly's, we went 4-down! I think the only way I would change from 4-down, would be if we were towing a enclosed trailer with lots of toys!!!
However this like most of the tuff RV choices we have to make, can really only be made by ones self!!
So take in all this info, and best of luck with what ever you choose to do!! Oh yea if you do go the dolly way I agree 100000% with Kiwi go used!!
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When we were doing the MH routine, we started out with a used dolly and decided it was a major PITA. Once we decided to go 4 down, we sold the dolly for almost what we paid for it within about a week through the newspaper.

We used a Stowmaster 5000 tow bar at first and switched to a Falcon 5250. The Falcon which stayed on the MH was the easiest to deal with. At the time, the best braking system was the BrakeMaster, but by the time we stopped towing there were several better systems.

Some automatics can be towed, but many can not without a REMCO pump. An alternate is a drive shaft discoonnect on certain vehicles. Some manual shifts can not be towed with out damaging the transmission.

Best of luck....
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I debated that situation last year & decided to check ebay & rv specific boards. I found everything used at a very reasonable price but the towbars, they were selling used like hotcakes. So I bought a new one from somplace in CA. & they shipped it to my door from Elkhart IN. Total cost a smidgeon over $ 1,200 & we've put 8,800 miles on since last summer. I can see now that this is really the way to go.
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