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Old 12-28-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly

We are looking at getting a tow dolly for the RV. Car being towed will be a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle, Convertible, Automatic (FWD). The car weighs 3,300#'s, my hitch and RV is rated at 5k lbs. What else do I need to know or get to make this work?

I'm also considering a flatbed car trailer instead so as to be able to bring my motorcycle/sidecar instead.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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Beetle on a dollie

We have a 2003 Southwind and pulled our 2000 VW Beetle automatic on a Master Tow dollie over 9,000 miles so far. My biggest complaint with the dollie is that one or the other of the tail lights quit each trip. I just replaced them with LED tail lights. If you haven't purchased the dollie yet the LED lights are an option.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:31 AM   #3
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i bought a stelth tow 80 in between fenders with electric brakes for $1000 new master tow is very good but i could not afford when friends find out you have it is nice to get $20 each time thier car breaks down i mounted a hand whinch on dolly
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:34 AM   #4
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Strongly recommend one with electric brakes. Check out American Car Dolly.com. They deliver to your door. I used one of theirs for a year and they track very nicely and well built. I've gone 4-down now.
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When I used a tow dolly, I gave up on fixing the lights after every trip and invested in the magnetic tail/signal lights that attach to the car. Also carry a spare tire for the tow dolly.
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i use a stehl dolly, dexter electric brakes and controller. i replaced lights with led's. i carry a spare tire with chains on it already.
i license it in washington as a trailer so i can tow it empty.
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I also gave up on the dolly lights and used magnetic lights on the car trunk. Be sure and get one with surge brakes and a break away device as a minimum.

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I bought a Demco KARKaddySS and it came with surge brakes and LED tail lights.
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You need to know the towing capacity of your motor home.... This is often DIFFERENT from the hitch capacity..

To find the towing capacity... First find the Maximum combined vehicle weight (MCGVW) from the sticker in the motor home.

Now visit a scale, fully loaded as though leaving for a six month vacation... And subtract the weight of the motor home.

(While there get weight on each wheel, the forum has a file in the library on how to do that)

Now, use the lesser of the reslut of that calculation or 5,000 pounds

Example.. My MAX CGVW = 2600 pounds

Loaded weight is 22000 pounds

Hitch is rated 5,000 pounds

Difference is 4,000 pounds

Your VW on an 1100 pound dolly would be overload for me.
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