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Old 03-06-2015, 01:30 PM   #1
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Towing toad

Never have towed a vehicle so I am a newbie in this. Don't even know what to buy or how to haveit hooked up. Going to tow a dolly so can someone help me configure it?

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There are many threads concerning toads and tow dollies. I would read as many of them as you care to. You are trying to go from 0 to 100 without any background.
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Towing a dolly is just the same as towing any trailer. You'll need a good hitch on your tow vehicle along with wiring for brake and tail lights. Some people go the extra distance and wire up their car so its tail lights and brake lights work in conjunction with their tow vehicle. Check with your local law enforcement and find out if you'll need brakes on the dolly, many states have a 3,500 pound limit and if you exceed that, you need auxillary brakes. As a start, go to Camping World and talk to them, They should be able to set you up with what you need.
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Edperfect:
Tell us how we can help and what you feel uncomfortable with.

After the first time or two going through the set up it will be smooth as silk!
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The weight limit mentioned in a previous post will vary from state to state. Some states are much less than 3500 lbs. And the weight includes the weight of the dolly plus the weight of the car you are towing. You must meet the weight requirements of the state you are driving through, not just your state of registration.
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Ed Perfect:
There are 2 basic tow dolly types. One type is a fixed rack or pan on the dolly that the front toad wheels sit on and are strapped down. With that type the steering wheel is left unlocked and free so the toad and dolly track properly and mimics the turning movement and tracking of the towing vehicle.

The other type has the front wheels of the toad locked while setting on a rack on the dolly that turns slightly as the tow vehicle moves through a turn, thus keeping the towed wheels from scrubbing and chattering through the turn.

Both types seem like they get good reviews here. Make sure your toad is front wheel drive. Towing rear wheel drive on a dolly can be done but is rarely recommended and I 'm not sure how safe it would be.

After all my shopping last year I decided to go with "American Car Dolly" as I really liked the set up,value, its carrying capacity and the turning capability with the turning type rack for the front wheels. I didn't want to rely on the front wheels of the towed car being unlocked to bear the stress of turning movements with a fixed rack on the dolly. But others have had great success with the fixed rack.

We learned the loading process in about 15 minutes and now we can load and connect in about 10 minutes. Strapping the front wheels require a bit of attention and can seem a bit abstract at first, but its really quite easy.

I wanted brakes on my dolly and I even added a break away back up system for travel in areas where break aways are required for our dolly.

As with all towed equipment watch the weight and tow limits of the towing vehicle, as well as the weight limits of the dolly and the vehicle you are towing. I watch my dolly tires and inflation very closely.

You may also opt for a rock protection device between the dolly and the towing vehicle. While I have never had a problem, I will soon be traveling in areas where thrown rocks by the MH can be a problem, so I am now installing one.

We've learned to discipline ourselves to stop after the first 2-5 miles of travel to adjust the tie down straps as they want to loosen. Then about every 2 hours after that.

Others may weigh in here and offer better info but I offer this just to get a stream of questions going. Hope we can help.
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tahnks a big help
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Hi edsperfect,
Consider Kar Kaddy SS. Go to Kar Kaddy SS | Demco Products There are options one can purchase with the dolly. I got them all. Got the dolly in 05. It works as advertised and would make the same purchase again. A dealer should be able to provide you the appropriate hitch and electric accessories.
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