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Old 04-16-2015, 10:00 AM   #15
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I don't know how, but could someone start a poll.

FOUR DOWN VS DOLLY TOW
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:36 AM   #16
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We have been towing with Demco for almost twenty year. Yes, the worst part is getting under to hook up the safety chains, but I can load a car and be on the way faster than with a tow bar and brake buddy. The dolly's have surge brakes and LED lights so no need to modify the car. This way the Wife gets to have whatever car she wants.

Demco Karkaddy 3 - Tow Dolly - With Surge Brakes-pplmotorhomes.com

Tow Dollies - Kar Kaddy SS-pplmotorhomes.com

These are drop shipped right to your door, some assembly required. In my opinion they are as good as it gets in dollys.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:55 PM   #17
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The dolly allows me to tow almost anything with almost anything. This is great for "Dads auto repair and towing service". maybe thats not a plus.
Wow, that brings back memories. Can't tell you how many times I towed my kids' car home to fix it in the garage, using just a tow strap. That was before I RV'ed. I seriously considered getting a dolly. But now I just go 4 down. One thing to consider is that if you change cars frequently, a dolly can be cheaper than getting a new baseplate every year or two.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:28 AM   #18
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Thanks to all who've replied. I now have a bit more insight from real users with things I should consider. Both seem fairly simple to operate once setup is complete. There are a few more things that could go wrong with towing 4 down vs. a dolly. Yet I see more rigs towing 4 down. The cons pointed out about hooking up in bad weather and taking a few minutes longer seems personal and not be a factor in my case. As a former crew chief, I've done things in bad weather for longer stretches of time and it didn't bother me then or now.
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Towing on a dolly:
Pull onto the thing..STRAIGHT on..Strap down the wheels, Tighten well, hook up safety chains, and light harness... Drive 10-20 miles and re-tighten. When you get where you are going you back off and stow the dolly...

Towing 4-down:
Pull up close to straight (Ok, so 30 degrees off straight is ok) you can also be off to one side or the other.. Un-stow tow bars and line up knuckels,, pin, attach safety cables and harness..NO NEED TO LAY ON GROUND.

When you get to campground you un-hook cables, Pull pins, collapse arms and stow either on motor home (Preferred by me) or on towed, Tow bars remain LOCKED to vehicle so no chance of them rolling off in the night.

Weight, Dollys run in the thousand poung range,, Tow bars the hundred pound (or less) range .

Many cars, if towed by a Gas motor home..A dolly puts you over weight limit.

Many cars not designed for 4-down towing can be modified by Axel Locks, Drive Shaft Disconnectes or Lube Pumps. My care is one of those, so was my last one (I really liked the axle lock, not so much the lube pump but both work well)
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I have never had to lay on the ground next to my FOUR HUNDREDand SIXTY pound, dolly to attach safety chains.

Please stop offering up misleading information.

And please let me know where I can get a "four down" disconnect kit for my Kia Soul, automatic.
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I agree. I've used a u-haul dolly a few times and I'm thinking if I had a car that was used with a dolly frequently, after a few trips, i'd imagine I'd get pretty good at connecting/disconnecting it. The reason I am considering the dolly is it gives me more options when selecting my next vehicle. Everyone who owns Jeeps, loves them, but what if I don't want a Jeep or prefer automatic transmissions? A dolly gives me the freedom of choosing a vehicle, plus figuring out the the whole additional brakes systems with towing 4 down, wow. I know I won't have the money to do both at the same time, but I do know that buying my next vehicle, next year, will have the toad option playing a huge factor. Again, thanks for the advice, inputs, and experience.
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The first time you have to strap a car down on the dolly with cold rain running down your backside you might wish for a tow bar
I have, it's no biggie.
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