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Old 07-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Smile Tow Dolly: To Brake or Not!!

I am new to a class a motorhome. Will be towing a 2009 Ford Fusion and need help deciding to buy a tow dolly with or without brakes. Motorhome is a 2000 Bounder 37ft!

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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We're glad you're here! Without discussing the legal requirements in some states for trailer brakes, I'd say it makes sense to get a dolly with brakes. Could be the difference between stopping 6 feet short or rear ending another vehicle.
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With brakes!!! Why a tow dolly? Why not
4 down. I think your fusion can be towed flat.
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Brake. You will be within the law no matter where you travel, that may not be true without brakes. And obviously you can stop faster with them. On the last point I speak from experience.

I'll second the vote for four down if your vehicle can be.
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my present tow dolly has surge brakes but my previous dolly did not, could not tell the difference when towing and stopping between the 2. you have a small car so I think you would be fine without. if you find 1 with brakes at a good price go for it
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Brakes are necessary.

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Here is a link to a table of towing requirements by state which might be useful:
Trailer Brakes | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws
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Brakes for sure, if there is an accident you will be cited for no brakes.
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IF you go with electric brakes then you also should be looking at models with the ability to stop the toad if it gets disconnected. On electric brakes it is an option in some states and manditory in others.
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Here is a link to a table of towing requirements by state which might be useful:
Trailer Brakes | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws
Thanks for the link
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My Car-Tow has electric brakes which also has the on board battery and break-away switch (which is mandatory around here). If it ever should break-away at least it should come to a stop.
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