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Old 08-23-2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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Cool Tow Dolly Tongue Jack???

I'm just wondering??? I would like to be able to unhook the dolly while the TOAD is still on it. There are times this could be a real time saver. Is this safely possible? Is there a tongue jack sold that is strong enough for the task? What are your thoughts and/or experiences?????

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Go for it, and it will not take much of a jack as there is little tongue weight.

About any RV store should have a simple bolt on tongue jack.

If seldom used, a SUV's jack and a couple pieces of lumber works fine!

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As Ed says, there is very little weight on the tongue of a dolly and any trailer tongue jack will be more than adequate.
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Have your wheel chocks handy so you remember to secure the wheels before you unhook.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:41 AM   #5
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I'm just wondering??? I would like to be able to unhook the dolly while the TOAD is still on it. There are times this could be a real time saver. Is this safely possible? Is there a tongue jack sold that is strong enough for the task? What are your thoughts and/or experiences?????

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what kind of moho do you have? you should update your signature box with that info.
harbor freight has tongue jacks for $20. mine is working fine on my stehl dolly. a backup camera is real handy when hooking up to the moho.
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Thanks All! I'll give it more thought and probably give it a try.

I'm a little shy about my rig since most everyone who posts here have Class A's or better. We're running a 2004 Minnie Winnie 32 footer, pulling a 2004 Toyota Camry (often with the Mad River Explorer canoe strapped on top).

As far as the suggestion of adding these descriptions to my sig line; I dislike taking up that much bandwidth with every post.

Again, thanks to all!

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Thanks All! I'll give it more thought and probably give it a try.

I'm a little shy about my rig since most everyone who posts here have Class A's or better. We're running a 2004 Minnie Winnie 32 footer, pulling a 2004 Toyota Camry (often with the Mad River Explorer canoe strapped on top).

As far as the suggestion of adding these descriptions to my sig line; I dislike taking up that much bandwidth with every post.

Again, thanks to all!

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I am new to this site so I am a little late replying to this post. I wanted to know if you add a tongue jack to tow dolly can you unload the car from dolly without being hitched to MH? If you can't what is the advantage of having the tongue jack? It just seems that it would be very difficult to rehitch to a larger MH. Is it not that hard to rehitch?
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Please don't try driving off an unhitched dolly or unloading an unhitched trailer from the rear. The sudden transfer of weight will flip the tounge skyward in an instant and the unit may be propelled forward into bystanders or other objects. Good luck!~!
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Don't ever try to load or unload a car from a dolly that is not hitched to something. You will get the experience described above. Since a dolly is moved when empty there really is no need for a tongue jack. The tongue weighs very little because of balance of weight on an empty dolly.
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"If you can't what is the advantage of having the tongue jack?"

The orig poster asked if there was a way to disconnect the dolly with the auto still attached - the answer is yes, with a tongue jack.

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I was questioning, how difficult is it to rehitch to a loaded tow dolly with a large MH? You can't be moving the dolly tongue around as when it was empty.
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I was questioning, how difficult is it to rehitch to a loaded tow dolly with a large MH? You can't be moving the dolly tongue around as when it was empty.
when you have a backup camera it is very easy to hitch up a loaded tow dolly or trailer resting on a tongue hack.
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I have a tongue jack on my dolly and it is a real plus when moving it around in a site. I have a spare mounted on a Harbor Freight spare tire carrier so it is setting flat on the top of the tongue. This is a good item to grab and wheel the dolly where I want it.
I can unhook the dolly with the toad on it, but normally don't do this.
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