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Electric 11 30.56%
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Brakes, yes or no poll

Please chime in with what you use on your tow dolly.
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Surge, disc brakes. Simple, self adjusting and automatic.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Tow dolly brakes poll

Please chime in for you folks that use a tow dolly. What kind of brakes or no brakes at all.
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:13 PM   #4
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Surge - Disc brakes...only way to roll IMHO.
Infinitely/automatically adjusted from loaded to unloaded and can be pulled by the toad with no controller for those rare times when moving the dolly is a longer trip than a few feet.
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Dolly brakes, toad brakes, no difference. You need them.
I will not bore you with the story of the 8 year old girl on the bicycle that lives today because of aux brakes, K?
Wise up. Stop sooner.
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I bought a year old used Acme last spring for $1200. It has surge brakes.

The old Stehl that I used for years and years and years didn't have brakes.
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I bought a year old used Acme last spring for $1200. It has surge brakes.

The old Stehl that I used for years and years and years didn't have brakes.
And... do you notice a braking performance difference?

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Steve, I haven't used it behind the MH yet (the Acme). I used the old Stehl a lot. The axle broke on it a couple years ago and I sold it to a kid who was going to re-weld the axle attach point.

We may use it this fall when we travel south. I prefer the 4 down over the dolly for convenience, but my Civic is the only car I have with base plate and tow bar. At lease when I use the dolly, I can tow just about anything.

We acquired a Civic a couple years ago that I fixed up and tow 4 down without brakes. I don't notice any difference while towing or not towing either with dolly or 4 down, although I'm sure an additional 2000 lbs contributes to additional stopping distance. leave extra distance (which I do anyway) drive a little slower (which I do anyway) and when in congestion, constant vigilance as to whats going on around me. Always look for a way out - i.e. on the shoulder or median if need be. And also don't forget to check the rear view mirrors when performing a quick stop to see if the guy behind you is paying attention.
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Ours has surge disc brakes and they work very well. We have towed our van behind two motors homes. I like the comfort of aux braking.
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I have used both electric on what we have and surge on a rental. Both have their good and bad points. The only thing stupid and possibly criminal is not having brakes. If I was buying a new unit I might go with surge to avoid installing another controller. If I was buying a used unit I would take either one with no compunctions.
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I have the ACME with surge brakes.
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Acme with surge, and I can feel them energize under aggressive braking. If I do switch to 4 down it will be a surge brake system.

Only problem with surge is if you need to back up a little you must put the little cam block in place. BTW I leave a little bar magnet stuck to the cam block to keep it in place.
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BTW I leave a little bar magnet stuck to the cam block to keep it in place.

Great idea!
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ACME EZ Tow with surge disk brakes, self adjusting, no hassles, they just work!

Living in the Los Angeles basin, and working full time, I always leave for my adventures after work. As a result, it's the norm to get stuck in traffic and have at least one person cut me off and cause me to make a panic stop or correction.

The surge brakes work great. No swerving of the tow vehicle, just a very controlled stop.
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