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Old 11-02-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Tow Dolly vs Four Down

Wanted to hear from everyone using tow dolly. Seems most tow four down but we have car that cannot be towed four down. Do not want to buy anther car anytime soon. Is a tow dolly the answer?
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Wanted to hear from everyone using tow dolly. Seems most tow four down but we have car that cannot be towed four down. Do not want to buy anther car anytime soon. Is a tow dolly the answer?
It was for me!!

No mods to the car, brakes are built into the dolly, drive car on, strap it down, go. Downside is need to move the dolly around and keep it somewhere.

Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company
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Is this the one you are using? Was looking at it looks very solid and easy to use.
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Wanted to hear from everyone using tow dolly. Seems most tow four down but we have car that cannot be towed four down. Do not want to buy anther car anytime soon. Is a tow dolly the answer?
If your car can be towed on a tow dolly, it's probably the answer. Check your car's owner manual.
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Is this the one you are using? Was looking at it looks very solid and easy to use.

Yes, if looking today I would buy the same one again.
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Personally I would not want to have to handle a tow dolly, so four down for me. However if you don't have a car that can be towed four down and don't want to make changes to it so as to enable it to be so, then a dolly is likely the answer. Endure of course it can be towed on a dolly.
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If that is your choice then really have no choice. Make sure that the dolly you choose will let you load the car without scraping the undercarriage. Cheaper is not always better. Get a wheel for the tongue. Like this but cheaper. Amazon.com: Fulton Trailer Tongue Jack, 8-Inch Poly Wheel: Automotive
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Is this the one you are using? Was looking at it looks very solid and easy to use.
Remember to order the spare tire assy if you go this route.
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Be sure to watch all the videos on the ACME website, very informative.
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Tow dolly not for me... had one, was very happy to sell it. However, if you don't have a toad that can be towed four down, dolly or car trailer are your only choices. I would certainly get a good dolly with brakes.
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We have a 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid so don't want to make any changes.
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Tow dolly is a great thing , but there are is a drawback's if you only stay in a campground a day or 2 and then move on to your next stop , it's take some work to load car and strap wheels down , that is the only drawback that I had with my dolly .

if you stay a while no big deal to load and unload ,

by the way I had a Acme tow dolly and is was great but if I bought another one I would get one with ramp's already in place , The acme ramp's, you had to line up perfect every time you load and unload and the store the ramp's some place

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Anyone else have the ACME tow dolly? How's it work? Seems cheap enough.
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Yep, have an EZE-tow...cheap is an erroneous term. It is very well made and comes standard with surge disc brakes and steel ramps that are removable to avoid underbody damage like fixed ramp dollies. So, a better description is affordable.

There is no steering on the axle or heavy pivot pan to add weight and the new model has lost 40lb according to the owner (an iRV2 sponsor), so a tongue wheel/dolly is surely not needed. If you can pick-up about 30lb, you can roll it around using the built-in hitch handle with no problem.
See: Acme EZE-TOW Tow DollyNew Design Release 09-30-14

Our car cannot safely be flat towed either, and we love our car. So, a dolly is best for us. We rented a U-Haul dolly for 2 trips, then borrowed a different brand and found that some dollies can be heavy and difficult to move around at the destination. But with the EZE-tow, that is no problem. In a tight RV Park spot, the dolly slides under the rear or front of the RV.

There is one point that must be understood about a fixed frame dolly like EZE-tow...the car's steering MUST be unlocked and free to pivot -just like flat towing a car. The car's steering pivots to negotiate turns.

We are not affiliated with Acme, and the sponsors do not get preferred treatment on iRV2. We just like the simplicity of the EZE-tow. It works well for us.

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