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Old 09-25-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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Towing VS Pulling

I recently purchased a 26' Winnebago Aspect . My tow car will
be a 2008 CRV Honda. I would like some feedback as to whether
towing with a tow dolly or pulling would be the best option.
Thank you for the help!

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Old 09-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #2
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Glad to have you here.

You first need to find out if your CRV is towable with 4 wheels down, and will it need anything special to do so.
It is always easier to tow 4 down as there is no storage problem for the dolly and the hook up is faster.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!

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Old 09-25-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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The first question is whether or not the CRV is towable 4 down or 2 down. This is model specific. You can find out here:

Remco : The Towing Experts

You can also get the cost of their towing hardware.

From what I have seen the cost of a towbar setup and a tow dolly are competitive. The issue of where to put the dolly when not in use always comes up. If you have multiple vehicles you might want to tow it is also an issue. Then there is the braking issue. A tow dolly either has electric or surge brakes with their issues. A towed vehicle needs a braking system run by the towing vehicle. A lot of choices with a lot of champions and a lot of user specific information needed. When it's all said and done there is probably a reason behind U-Haul renting tow dollys with surge brakes. ;-)
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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I have a hitch on my toad so if I am somewhere that doesn't allow the dolly at the campsite I can move it with the car.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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Not as simple of an answer as some have replied.

A tow dolly can be a better option for some. Of course if the car is not flat towable, then it's an easy answer to dolly tow...but there is also the question of mods required to connect the tow bar and brakes.

The front of new cars are made as crumple zones. And the mounting of the tow bar can require a major amount of cutting bumper an/or facia panels of the car.

Then there is the question of brakes. Which ever way to tow is selected, please get brakes for the car. Brakes on the car are not always required by law, but are smart and safer. Dolly brakes are integral and easy to operate. Flat tow brakes are not so simple and have a price to match.

Finally, a flat towed car will accrue miles on the lower driveline of the car. Even if not recorded on the car's odometer, the miles are there and will impact the car in maint and/or resale value.

We dolly tow our car. We own the entire set-up to flat tow, but use a dolly for the reasons above and because we discovered that flat towing the car will cause damage over time. The car is safe and happy, riding up high away from rock strikes and loading/unloading is no harder than for a flat tow. Plus the dolly has been used to rescue some stranded friends/family in the past, and was even useful as a cargo carrier one time. We can change cars without any equipment changes and have never had an issue with a place to put the dolly, because it can easily fit under the RV's rear overhang. We have a lightweight hitch on the car for the very rare situation where the dolly had to be moved more than a few feet by hand and it doubles as a mount for a bike/cargo rack.

Best luck on your decision.
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