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Old 04-19-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly - Stihl vs Roadmaster

Does anyone have an opinions on which is a better tow dolly. Both of these have electric brakes and will be used for a approximately 3500 lb car that can not be towed flat. The Stilh is from a local dealer and the other would be from Camping World. Camping world is slightly more expensive, but I do not see much difference between them. Any comments or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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Let me make you choices more difficult. I purchased and Acme tow dolly 4 years ago and have used it all over the eastern U.S. This two things I like most ar 1) its very light yet very strong and 2) surge disk brakes (they apply when ever you slow down). Here's their web site: Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company price $1400.
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We used a Roadmaster to tow our Buick for several years. It was a great dolly and had lots of features. The 2 features that stand out are the steerable wheels and the self locking ramps. The steerable wheels allow the dolly to follow directly in the path of the rear wheels of the motorhome. That makes cornering much easier in that the dolly wheels aren't cutting the corner short necessitating a wider turn on the part of the motorhome.

The ramps were another big plus. To lower them all you had to do was pull a lever. The ramps then lowered to the ground. When loading you just drove up on them. When the car got to the right position the ramps came back to the level position and locked in place.

It had other nice features like built in safety chains, lockable storage compartments, and strap ratchets that were easy to get to and didn't require crawling in the mud to use.

It's a top quality piece of machinery and was well worth the price. We also purchased ours at Camping World. If you can afford to wait until they go on sale it will be well worth your time.
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We have a Stihl dolly. No complaints at all. Put a few thousand miles on it last year towing a Ford Fiesta and also a Ford Escape. Easy to use and move around (my wife will move it from time to time).
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I also have a stihl electric brakes and spare was $1100 new
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How would you compare a dolly to a full trailer--like I see being pulled behind the traditional U-hall trucks? Certainly a big cost difference and easy of handling once unhitched. Can you back up either of these?
I have yet to decide what to get so newbie1's post is applicable to me as well.
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Does anyone have an opinions on which is a better tow dolly. Both of these have electric brakes and will be used for a approximately 3500 lb car that can not be towed flat. The Stilh is from a local dealer and the other would be from Camping World. Camping world is slightly more expensive, but I do not see much difference between them. Any comments or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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I have used a Roadmaster steerable dolly and was satisfied. It tracked great with the steerable axle around corners.

I currently use a trailer and prefer it to the dolly. But the deciding factor for me was twofold, my then Denali and now Escalade is not flat towable or dolly towable, plus I enjoy taking my Harley with me sometimes with one of my vehicles. I can take any vehicle I want with me and back up, which you can't do with 4 wheels down or dolly.

I can take a friends vehicle with us when we go bird hunting to SD, his 4 wheeler, or multiple motorcycles for motorcycle trips.

The key to me is how you will utilize any of the options. Plenty of other threads on pros and cons on this site, so I encourage you to search and read other's experience.

Many people have opinions on the various options, some have actually used these options and some have theories with no experience. All have drawbacks and ALL have positives, you need to determine which one best suits your needs. Good Luck!
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How would you compare a dolly to a full trailer--like I see being pulled behind the traditional U-hall trucks? Certainly a big cost difference and easy of handling once unhitched. Can you back up either of these?
I have yet to decide what to get so newbie1's post is applicable to me as well.
A tow dolly is not meant to be backed up. There are a few out there that have tried it, but no manufacturer designs one with the intent of having it done. A trailer on the other hand can easily be backed up. The only downside of a trailer is the added weight and the room you need to store it. Remember it has to be stored at the campground and at home when not in use.

A couple other things to consider are whether the added weight of a trailer puts the combination of the car and trailer outside your towing limit, and how the heavier load will affect your mileage
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