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Old 06-20-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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towing VW Jetta cross country..uhaul trailer or dolly

I'll be towing a gas 2011 VW jetta SE (FWD, automatic) across the US. Not sure if I'm ready to buy a dolly or trailer and will more than likely rent whatever is needed to tow it with my 32' Fleetwood storm class A. I've seen cars on UHAUL flat trailers and dollies so I'm not sure which is better. I know with a trailer I can back up as opposed to a dolly (big plus), but does one tow better than the other? Safety is also a concern as it seems that a trailer is less likely to have any problems but is more than likely heavier. I've got a 500lb. tongue weight limit and 5000lb tow limit. The car is 3,082lbs. I've also considered buying a trailer or dolly for the long term, but want to make the best choice. Thoughts appreciated!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Need more info.

Are you towing once, from A to B?
Stopping along the way at SP/CGs?
How are you defining Best?

Trailer is best IF: 1) You think you might need to back up. 2)You will not need to store the trailer (some CGs). 3) Your trip is a one-time event as loading/unloading time and space required is greater.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
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I'll be towing a gas 2011 VW jetta SE (FWD, automatic) across the US. Not sure if I'm ready to buy a dolly or trailer and will more than likely rent whatever is needed to tow it with my 32' Fleetwood storm class A. I've seen cars on UHAUL flat trailers and dollies so I'm not sure which is better. I know with a trailer I can back up as opposed to a dolly (big plus), but does one tow better than the other? Safety is also a concern as it seems that a trailer is less likely to have any problems but is more than likely heavier. I've got a 500lb. tongue weight limit and 5000lb tow limit. The car is 3,082lbs. I've also considered buying a trailer or dolly for the long term, but want to make the best choice. Thoughts appreciated!
Someone else may chime in here, but I am not entirely sure that u-haul dolly's are equipped with surge or electric brakes.

In essence you are adding at least a 3100 pound "rolling weight" to the back of your MH, I would think with that much additional weight moving down the road, you'll want the supplemental braking for your toad. If the U-haul dolly doesn't come with brakes, then go with the trailer. The 4-up trailers, I know, have surge brakes on them. I've used them before.

It's your call, and you could do it either way, but for peace of mind, adhering to the laws of the states/counties you'll be passing through, I would go with the supplemental braking system on whatever you use to pull your Jetta behind you.

Heaven forbid the worst should happen. If you werent following proper towing laws, then you've got a citation from the officer, most likely be found at-fault for the accident due to not following the towing laws, and subject to personal injury suits, damage recovery from not only those involved in the accident, but u-haul as well.

As a side note, my bet is that somewhere within the "rental agreement" is the acceptance of your full financial responsibility for the replacement of damaged equipment, should it be discovered that you were not adhering to state law at the time of the accident. That could get really expensive in a big hurry!
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A UHaul car hauler is 2,210 lbs. With your Jetta at 3100 lbs, you are over your tow limit by about 300 lbs.
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U Haul tow dollies do not have brakes. Since towing a car hauler would put you over your limits, I wouldn't recommend it. If you plan to keep the Jetta automatic for a while, I'd suggest you buy a tow dolly with surge brakes to tow safely. That way you're not out any rental money. If you decide you don't like using a dolly, you can sell the dolly and get a car that can be towed 4 down.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:51 AM   #6
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Braking Laws
ROADMASTER INC.

2004 State and Provincial Guidelines for Towing Vehicles


http://www.rvpartscenter.com/pdfs/towbrakelaws.pdf
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We towed our 2005 Jedda Diesel with a Demco Tow Dolly with surge brakes for many years with no problem at all. We now tow our 2012 Passat Diesel with the same dolly.

Can hardly tell it's back there.
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Rent a trailer or dolly from U-haul.

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