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Old 05-11-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question Types of tow dollies

Have given up my Jeep Wrangler which was flat towed and now intend to tow 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI which must be towed with dolly. See Dollies ranging from $900 to $2,500 with or without brakes and some noted as steerable or with revolving platform that car front wheels sit on. Would appreciate any info from M/H owners using various types of dollies as to what the differences are between towing with the straight dollies as opposed to steerable dollies.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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We have a MasterTow dolly 80THD (electric brakes). Car sits on swivel deck. Easy to load/unload car. We tow a 2004 Volvo wagon. Never had a problem so far. Can't back up with a dolly unless you unload car. Easy to disconnect dolly and move by hand when needed. I store the dolly in my garage in front of the car when not on the road. Good Luck with your decision.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
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We tow a Landgrebe TD 40 101. It has steerable wheels and electric brakes.
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Unfortunately this topic will become like Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge.

I use a Demco KarKaddy SS dolly with steerable wheels and surge brakes. Yes, I paid at the top end but I got what I believe to be one of the better dollys. Its heavy. No way can you prop it up on the garage wall. The tongue and ramps however do fold for convenient storage. It comes with a third wheel for the tongue which makes it easy to move. It has ST205/75R14 tires and after towing a 2008 Toyota Avalon over 15,000 miles the tires show no wear. The steerable wheels allow the dolly to track the motorhome without cutting the corner.

I have read several posts here with some of the lighter weight dollys having wheel alignment problems so severe the tires needed to be replaced after as little as 500 miles. It is fixable by doing some cutting, heating, bending and strengthening the axle however.

Bottom line, you get exactly what you pay for. You can of course go the inexpensive way but by the time you do a lot of modifications you could have bought a quality dolly and had trouble free service.

This is just my experience and I'm sure there are those using different dollys that are completely satisfied.

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There are two stickies at the top of this forum that provide lots of good information.
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We pull one of the landgrebe dollys. We pulled a road master for 15 years. And I had to weld it back together every few months. roadmaster is a t-framed dolly as most dollys are. Laundgrebe is an a-framed dolly and after 2 years I still haven't had to do anything to it. We bought ours with surge brakes (no wiring or controller needed) comes with breakaway control. Dolly has lights as well as a plug on the dolly in case you want to put magnetic lights on your car (as we do) It's steerable too.
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