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Old 03-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #15
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I tow with a dolly because my accord shouldn't be towed 4 down - per Honda. I wasn't going to buy a new car at that point. However I will probably buy a 4 down toad in a few years.

Setting up a dolly isn't difficult, but it is one more thing to take care of.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:50 PM   #16
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We wanted to take our Miata with us.
If your Miata is has a manual transmission, why not tow it 4 down?

If your Miata has an automatic transmission, not even a dolly will help unless you load it backwards.

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #17
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I know that is a consideration. I have also read where some people went from 4 wheels down to a tow dolly. I just wonder why they liked the tow dolly better?
I'm one of the few that has towed both four down and on a dolly with the same RV and towed. We bought the '05 Ody after getting it in writing from Honda on their letterhead that it could be towed four down. Only towed it about 300 miles four down before I started seeing stories on the Internet about Honda's changing to "no four down towing allowed". After involving the WA and CA AG's office Honda Agreed to pay us for the cost of the brackets, towbar and wiring. We took that and bought a KK-460.
Have been towing on the dolly since although last year we went to Phoenix and I towed it four down. Battery (new before trip) went dead three times, lots more chips in paint and needed new tires and alignment when we got back. Now I'm towing on the dolly again to prevent more damage to the Ody!
Another plus for the dolly is that I can tow pretty much any front wheel drive vehicle and loan it to friends who need to tow a disabeled vehicle.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:15 PM   #18
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4-down and chips is another story.
My rig has only standard mud flaps but is a puller, so the rear overhang somehow prevents chips in my toad.
My Wrangler does have chips, from driving it in traffic and maybe some from off-road.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:33 PM   #19
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I tow with a Master Tow tow dolly that has surge brakes. I like it because I don't have the expensive or hassle of getting a toad setup for towing 4 down. I can tow either my wife's car or mine. The only wiring I need to do, is to setup the magnetic tow lights and hookup the wiring. I tape the wires to the car so they don't move around. I carry a spare tire and wheel for the dolly in the car trunk. It's so easy.
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I use a dolly because it gives me the option to use either of my cars without anything special attached to the car. I love my dolly!
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You will get as many varied answers as there are posters.
And each poster will tell you his way is best, whether he uses
4-down or dolly, it's always "My way is best!!"..........
There is no answer to which is "better", each is better in some ways
and worse in others, it's a toss-up.

IMHO, you are looking at it backwards, if you are going to get a
new vehicle, get the vehicle you want to use for the 99% of
the time you ARE NOT towing, and get the towing setup
to match the vehicle.


Unless you want to tow more than one vehicle, then go with a dolly.

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You will get as many varied answers as there are posters.
And each poster will tell you his way is best, whether he uses
4-down or dolly, it's always "My way is best!!"..........
There is no answer to which is "better", each is better in some ways
and worse in others, it's a toss-up.

IMHO, you are looking at it backwards, if you are going to get a
new vehicle, get the vehicle you want to use for the 99% of
the time you ARE NOT towing, and get the towing setup
to match the vehicle.

Unless you want to tow more than one vehicle, then go with a dolly.

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Agreed! What works for me and my reasons for going in that direction may not work for you. When I was in the decision making process I had many people try to tell me that their way was best and in fact I went the dolly route which was not the majority opinion. You need to do what is right for your situation. Once you make up your mind then I would seek opinions as to the best equipment to purchase.
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I had a dolly for one year, went with a tow bar and will never go back. Everybody's needs are different and what ever you decide is the best in your particular situation. But for us it's Blue Ox.
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Dan you say you have a car that can be towed 4 down. are you sure it can be dolly towed? what vehicle and drive train do you have? if you stay in one place for long periods of time a dolly is ok. if you are on the move and setting up every night at different parks they can be a PIA. I have done both.
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IMHO, you are looking at it backwards, if you are going to get a new vehicle, get the vehicle you want to use for the 99% of the time you ARE NOT towing, and get the towing setup to match the vehicle.

Unless you want to tow more than one vehicle, then go with a dolly.
They are some vehicles that can't be towed by either 4 down or dolly.
Those can only be towed on a Trailer.

So some research is needed in all vehicles, they may want to use 99% of the time. What they have to use the other 1% may work 4 down or Dolly.
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Dan you say you have a car that can be towed 4 down. are you sure it can be dolly towed? what vehicle and drive train do you have? if you stay in one place for long periods of time a dolly is ok. if you are on the move and setting up every night at different parks they can be a PIA. I have done both.
I have a Toyota 4 runner. According to Remco it can be towed 4 down. I am looking for a "new" vehicle anyway so I want to make a informed purchase.

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We tow four down but mostly because the car was a great buy, previously towed and ready to go. My SUV can not be towed either way and we were worried about the ground clearance on DWs car on a dolly. We also considered what to do with the dolly at CGs and when not in use.

If we found a car that we really like and it could only go on a dolly we would probably not hesitate.
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I have a Toyota 4 runner. According to Remco it can be towed 4 down. I am looking for a "new" vehicle anyway so I want to make a informed purchase.

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can your 4 runner be towed 2 down on a dolly?
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