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Old 03-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Towing help!!!

Tow bar vs tow dolly. What is the differences, which is best to pull my jeep liberty behind my class a tiffin allegro. Help, I don't know which...

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Old 03-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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My vote would be tow bars as Liberty's are towable 4 down. What yr is your Liberty? The yr will determine what adjustments you have to make to do so.


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Old 03-05-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Tow bar, Blue Ox Aventa & SMI Stay & Play brake system. Just my opinion. Both work well for me. Good luck with your research & decision.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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Cost of each option might not be much different, but there are more considerations. I opted for a tow bar setup partly because it would be too much trouble to find storage for the dolly at a campsite. I guess the dolly might make sense if your toad could not be towed four down, but your Jeep would probably not be a problem. I can connect and disconnect my toad in about 5 minutes. Might take a little longer to get the dolly connected to the RV and load the toad. My car tows very well and I hardly know its there, but I think most dollys tow well also. If you plan to tow different vehicles, maybe a dolly might save the cost of a bracket kit for the second car.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #5
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There is so many different opinions on this.I use a tow dolly.I do not have a jeep so I really don't know about that but,I tow a 2012 Hyundai Accent and have never had ant issues.I don't notice its back there.Good Luck with what ever you decide.
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Yes I too have a dolly and tow my Honda Accord but also can tow and 2004 f250 superduty. But keeping attached to the HM in a RV park with a pull thru is not a problem. But a place to store at home is another. And you can get a dolly with brakes and saves so much on those so call buddy brakes things. And some models say you can tow with 4 wheels down..... BUT DON'T TRUST THEM..
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Is the Jeep 4x4? Then flat towable as is.
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Four down is the most popular towing method by far. I have never seen a Jeep on a dolly (unscientific survey). Good reasons for both.
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Is the Jeep 4x4? Then flat towable as is.
Even if the Liberty is not 4x4, it is not towable on a dolly without a driveline disconnect.
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Be careful with the Jeep, they made some of them NOT 4 down towable. From what I understand they fixed it and now they are again 4 down towable. Not sure of the makes and years thou.
Look up the Towing Dinghy guide from MotorHome Magazine -- Motorhome Reviews - RV Camping . The new 2013 guide JUST came out. I would download it since they are now charging $1.99 for each guide 2012 and before. The current yrs one is free.
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One thing I have thought about for my next Jeep...and I have not researched this yet. Is to replace the front hubs with the ones you can lock and unlock. This should allow you to tow on a dolly. Should work but need to find out for sure.
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Looking at your profile, your tiffin shouldn't have a problem pulling the Jeep Liberty. As some have said, the year is important, I had a 2006 and pulled it 4 down behind my motorhome for a number of years.
Only the newer Liberties that are not 4 wheel drive probably are not towable 4 down. I purchased the needed equipment from etrailer.com (St Louis) and was very happy with their service.
I installed the tow equipment myself, they even have video's showing how to do it on their website for a jeep liberty. Here's a link to the video.

Roadmaster Base Plate Installation - 2006 Jeep Liberty Video | etrailer.com

If you look around on their web site you will find everything you need to get your Jeep ready to tow. I also bought a wiring kit from them with the diodes to prevent feedback from the motor home to the jeeps wiring system.

It took me about a day to install the base plates and the wiring system into my liberty, the instructions were spot on, and no drilling was required. If you desire, they might also install the items for you, I don't know you'll have to call them.

When I switched to my current toad, Dodge Ram I again purchased the base plates and wiring harness from etrailer.com. They ship fast and are really great people to deal with IMO.
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By far, the easiest method is towing four-wheels-down. Otherwise you have to find a place to store the dolly, and although not heavy, pushing one around is not easy. We pull a 2005 Liberty 4x4 behind our Winnebago Adventurer using a RoadMaster tow bar which is stored on the vehicle when disconnected. Takes about 10 minutes to hook up or disconnect. Liberty does not need any setup other than shifting the transaxle into neutral. It is light enough to tow easy. We also use the RVI-Brake. This setup is about as good as it gets.

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