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Old 08-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #15
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Go four down I think I recently was trying to exit a parking lot via a curved exit and couldn't due to the curve of the driveway. In no time we had the toad unhooked and I could back up without worry a exit another way.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:45 PM   #16
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We have a 37g adventurer and pull a geo tracker 4 down. With that large a gas Mh the lighter the load the better. If we ever have to replace the toad the wife will just drive herself.
1. Towing setups are expensive.
2. May use the same amount of gas.
3. Can back up easily.
4. Car can scout camping spots.
5. Can use cell phones
6. No braking systems.
7. No refit when changing toads.

If you stay places a while and don't criss cross the nation maybe you don't need anything
Good luck
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #17
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We found that drive yourself or rent when you got there was not that great. Inconvenient and more trouble than it was worth.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #18
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the vehicle that I own can not be towed 4 down so a tow dolly was advised.

any advice to share re braking or no brakes, lghting for the dolly and the towed vehicle. I would like all info to deside what I should get braked or no brakes.

my vehicle is a van that weighs about 3500 lbs.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:11 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the replies. At this time we are leaning towards selling our VW Beetle and getting something like a Jeep Liberty.
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Car dolly, electric vs surge brakes

I have read numerous posts and have decided that I need to go with a car dolly as I can not tow 4 down with my VW TDI automatic. A car dolly offers me an affordable solution to getting my car out west for a 5 week ski trip where my car will be invaluable. Rental is too expensive, about $25 a day. I do need one with brakes and have found a Master Tow that is $950 in excellent condition used near my home, but it weighs in at 550 pounds and has surge brakes. I can get a equally good dolly with electric brakes for about $300 more (American Car Dolly) that is about 100 pounds less in weight and has electric brakes. Both have swivel plate steering. Question is do I avoid the dolly with surge brakes? What is the issues with surge brakes vs electric? I need do no modifications with the surge brake trailer and it is the right price, but a tad heavier and weight is an issue as I am right on the edge of 3500 pounds with the VW and Master Tow I am considering. Thanks for your input. I think either would work for me, but I haven't used a dolly so can't speak from experience.
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Chris,

Since you are decided on a dolly be aware that a car dolly does not need a pivot pan, nor a steering axle. If concerned about weight, take a look at fixed frame dolly's like the Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company. Just 405lb empty. Used, these dolly's are well priced, but new is very affordable.

This style dolly steers using the car's front wheels to make a turn just like flat towing. Having steering built-in to the dolly is fine, but just adds weight.

I have well over 10,000 miles on my EZE-Tow with no problems, towing several type cars and front wheel drive SUV's...and being so light, I can move it around by myself and just slide it under the RV's rear overhang at campgrounds (if needed).

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Thanks for all the feedback. We sold the VW and bought a used Jeep Liberty. We are towing 4 down with a Blue Ox setup.
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steerable car dolly

Everything I have read on other boards and advice I have been getting is that the non steerable are to be avoided. I can handle the extra 45 pounds. Thanks, chris

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Since you are decided on a dolly be aware that a car dolly does not need a pivot pan, nor a steering axle. If concerned about weight, take a look at fixed frame dolly's like the Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company. Just 405lb empty. Used, these dolly's are well priced, but new is very affordable.

This style dolly steers using the car's front wheels to make a turn just like flat towing. Having steering built-in to the dolly is fine, but just adds weight.

I have well over 10,000 miles on my EZE-Tow with no problems, towing several type cars and front wheel drive SUV's...and being so light, I can move it around by myself and just slide it under the RV's rear overhang at campgrounds (if needed).

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Is it possible someone works for a certain type car carrier?
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...I do need one with brakes and have found a Master Tow that is $950 in excellent condition used near my home, but it weighs in at 550 pounds and has surge brakes....Chris 06VH
Master Tow makes two different width/GVW dollies.. a 77" and an 80" max car width. I have the 80" with surge brakes and it works well for towing my Ford Focus. The sticker on the trailer tongue will tell which model the used one has. MASTER TOW INC. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :

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Tim,

If that comment is about the recent few posts - The owner of Acme is a member on iRV2...but that's not me.

I live and work FAR FROM Kernersville, NC (Acme's factory), and after buying an EZE-tow was impressed enough to form an opinion...that opinion is no different than the MANY here who love their Demco's (a VERY GOOD dolly, BTW) or the loyalty displayed by the flat-tow crowd.

What strikes me odd is how many slam certain things in the RV world without any specific understanding or experience...like "my brother in law's - friend's - gardener said..."

You can pay more and you can drag around more weight - but facts are facts. And, knowledge is power.

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Cool, Well put. I can't tow 4 down either, the 99 is front wheel drive and my 64 Caddie is just that a 64 Caddie and besides I don't even think it will fit... and I would be over length too.
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