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Old 02-07-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a tow dolly. Can use some info on what people have and what they think. From top line like demco kar kaddy ss to acme tow any help would appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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I used a dolly for one trip of 100 miles, sold it and set up for 4 down towing instead. It took 30 or 40 minutes to load the dolly and required laying on the ground under the car. I can set up my tow bar in under 10 minutes. That said, I know there are a lot of members who swear by their dollies. I'm sure some will be along to help you. Fwiw I had an Acme dolly and it seemed to be well constructed.
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We did the same thing. Had a new Accord paid for so buying another car to tow 4 down was not good financial practice. Instead, we bought a Master Tow Dolly with surge brakes $1,800 out the door. The first time I loaded the Accord, took over forty minutes to get it fitted and locked down. Today, I can load and pull away in the MH in less than 10 minutes.
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Have an ACME. I use the ACME with my Neon and a trailer for my Geo 4x4...More likely to break something 4 wheeling that would prevent dollying.
My car may be higher than Bruces, therefore no laying on the ground. Never timed my hook-up but no big deal.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
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We have the Kar Kaddy SS. It tows great. The folding feature is a great feature. Our car is not flat towable and didn't want to trade it.
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I have a one year old Acme EZ Tow. It's been great for towing our 2012 VW Passat. Maybe 10 minutes on and off. It has LED lights, disc surge brakes, and maintenance free hubs. Just bought a 2008 Hummer H3 that I would like to take with me. Can't dolly tow it, so I'm now looking to sell the tow dolly and go 4 down. If you're anywhere near New York and are interested in a good deal on a great dolly, PM me...
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:58 PM   #7
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I purchased a dolly from American Car Dolly. They are manufactured in Fort Morgan Co. The dolly was delivered to me (in Texas), at no extra charge and completely assembled. Great Product. I recommend you check them out.
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Have had a Demco for years -- great product -- tow 4 down now , but keep the old Demco for backup -- still use it once in awhile to take a car in for service behind my pickup and drop off a car that is not set up for 4 down towing -- saves a driver
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We have a car that cannot be flat towed, so it's a dolly for us.
And, we can swap cars with no cost.

We have the insanely simple Acme Eze-Tow and have loading to a 5 min process...unloading is around 2 min. We have front loading hoops on the car, so never have to get on the ground. It's strong and simple as a hammer, has disc brakes, and stowable ramps that will never bump the cars underbody.

However you choose to tow, PLEASE get brakes. Brakes on a flat tow or dolly are often not required by law (depends on state law), but is always a safe and smart decision. Our car is 3,500lb empty and we do not want that much weight pushing us around in a panic stop or if there ever was a breakaway.

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Bailiff: I saw a master tow dollytjis afternoon. Is it as good as the guy swears by? Price: $1500lus tax. They would set it up on our 07 Accord and says will take only a few minutes once I get the hang of it. Th,anks. Comes with brakes, etc.

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We use a KarKaddySS to tow our toad the caddie. Yes Ca-ching but will last for ever. It takes 5 minutes tops too hook up, and so can you with experience. After hooking and unhooking same as with a tow bar. You can only use one toad with a tow bar unless you have plates installed on your vehicles.(ca-ching)$$$ You can pretty much tow anything on a KarKaddySS as long as you don't go over weight or over sized tires, of course same as with a tow bar. And you have to add a breaking unit with a tow bar. My KarKaddySS has surge breaks. I had a experence with them and they work great streight line stopping too.
Would I go this way again sure would.
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Really depends on how good your back and knees are. I had a tow dolly and when I got done I would be hurting due to back pain and didn't want to go on the trip. It towed well but a lot more trouble for storage, had to pay close attention because it was much wider than the car. It would be very tight thru construction zones, mountain roads and camp grounds. I tow 4 down now and it is so much better.
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Sorry. Forgot to answer your question. I had a master built. I bought used for 800 and sold it 4 years later for 650. It was good quality and I had no problems. Just make sure you keep correct pressure in the tires.
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Really depends on how good your back and knees are. I had a tow dolly and when I got done I would be hurting due to back pain and didn't want to go on the trip. It towed well but a lot more trouble for storage, had to pay close attention because it was much wider than the car. It would be very tight thru construction zones, mountain roads and camp grounds. I tow 4 down now and it is so much better.
The comment about the dolly width has me wondering...If towing a dolly with a standard, non DRW pick-up (read - no RV involved) the dolly width could need attension, but isn't the Winnebago a Class A? The dolly would be less wide than the RV's rear duals...so how was narrow roads an issue for that set-up?

With a short towing tongue, dolly's do not usually cut into a turn.

Totally agree that tire pressure is important for any towed rig.
Both set-ups have pro's and con's...I could never say one is better than the other...I think it is all in what the individual needs and wants.

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