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Old 05-04-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly, electric brakes and the controller

A few stupid questions:

I am looking at a master tow dolly that is for sale, the current owner is not real informative about the specifics, figured I would ask here.

1. All surge brake systems have a "reservoir" on the tongue, correct?
2. Does an electric braking system have anything special on the tongue, such as a break away kit, small battery, etc?????
3. What is the best option for the brake control device. I have seen them from $50 to $200 dollars. The P2 seams to be a popular one, but do I need to spend $125 on one?
4. Does the hitch need to be dropped down to a certain level of height or can I use a straight hitch receiver?

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Master Tow is good brand.

1. Yes, all surge brake systems have a "reservoir" on the tongue.
2. No, electric braking system may not have anything special on the tongue. A break away kit w/ small battery is an option...but is a very good idea to add if missing.
3. Any brake control device should/could work. You will need to manually adjust from loaded to unloaded for all electric controllers, so it's all in what you want.
4. Refer to the mfgt for approved tongue angle. Level or slightly nose high is best to reduce pressures on the receiver hitch. Avoid going nose down to keep the dolly from trying to jump up in a panic brake situation (which can reduce weight on the dolly wheels reducing braking efficiency).

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Hitch height to top of ball should be 18 to 19 inches from the ground, that should put the dolly level with the coach.
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Instead of a battery on the tongue, I put a pigtail on the toad's battery and plug the Dolly's brakes to it thru a break away switch.
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thanks for the info, one other thing

Does anyone insure the tow dolly? Or does car/rv insurance take care of that as a "towed vehicle"?
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Check with your agent on coverage for the dolly.. You may wish to put a theft/vandal rider on the policy to cover it when it is NOT connected to the RV. Ask about this as well.

I will not say if the dolly is covered when in use because.. Well both state laws and contracts vary from place to company to place and company.
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As for the brake controller the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is an excellent choice. It's heads above others I've used. It might not be the least expensive, but it's well worth the money.

Go to the Etrailer website to see the features and installation instructions.

Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional Tekonsha Brake Controller 90885
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Does anyone insure the tow dolly? Or does car/rv insurance take care of that as a "towed vehicle"?
Like said above - check your policy.

Ours is covered by the RV's policy when hooked. We rarely unhook the dolly, so add'l theft coverage has not been purchased. But that is a good idea for those that do unhook the dolly and leave it unmonitored.

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