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Old 01-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Towing with a towdolly

I recently purchased a Demco 460 SS tow dolly, and have never used one before, I towed a honda accord 4-down for 10 years. What differences will there be and what to look out for. We are leaving for Florida in two weeks.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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I towed a Honda accord 4000 miles from Seattle to Key West behind my pickup and had no problems Except: Like towing 4 down you cannot back up more then a foot or two and if you have a back in camp site you have to deal with the dolly before hand.

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Just changed over from towing 4 down to a dolly this past year. Hook up time is about the same, at least for me. Actual towing I cannot tell any difference. The only issue we had is getting used to doing something with the dolly when we get to an rv park, which is the main downside of using a dolly. Try to get a pull thru site and things will be a bit easier. So far no regrets as I can now tow any front wheel drive vehicle.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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I've towed our '05 Odyssey four down and on a Demco KK-460. It's slightly easier to tow four down, but not much. On the dolly I don't have to worry about going through the gears with the engine running, nor transmission damage if I forget and do it wrong. don't have to worry about CV joint damage, nor running the battery down. I do have to find a place to park it and manhandle it around. Only once have I had to park it away from the MH. Plus I can tow either our Odyssey or Civic or almost any other front wheel drive vehicle.
Four down you have to run through the gears correctly, leave the key in and turned on, be sure to turn off the radio and heater.
Hook up and disconnecting is about the same time.
Frankly it's a toss up due to the worry about transmission/CV joint damage four down vs the slight extra work for the dolly.
The dolly tracks the MH better as four down it cuts the corner more so I have to remember to square the corner more. The dolly wheels steer and it really follows well.
It alse seems that it tows easier on the dolly than four down, maybe because the trans isn't being turned.
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I put a tow hitch on my little Chevy Aveo so when I get to a camp ground that requires me to back-in I can unload the Aveo and hook the tow dolly up to it. The Aveo can then be used to put/tow the tow dolly in the camp spot prior to backing in the motorhome. Most times you can even hook the dolly back up to the motorhome at the camp spot so you are ready to load the car the next day. Takes some thought and jockeying around but it goes quick. Option 2 is to unload the car at the camp spot and man handle the dolly (Mine isn’t that heavy).
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