Originally Posted by Whitsons
Are there any comments, ratings on the ACME tow dolly, the one "designed for retirees"? I have a 23 ft Thor Freedom Elite and want to tow a 97 Honda Civic or a 2007 VW Beetle, both with auto tranny. Any feedback would be appreciated.
I purchased the ACME tow dolly several years ago so I could pull a Mini Cooper behind a Roadtrek camper van. This was the only tow dolly I could find at the time that uses surge brakes. However, there is at least one other design on the market now. The hydraulic surge brakes work just as advertised. I now tow the Mini behind a Palazzo RV.
Several things to mention: The tow dolly is pretty heavy. It is quite an effort for one person to pick the hitch all the way up to vertical to store in the garage. But once vertical, it takes up very little room. The dolly is about 10 inches wider than the rear tires on a Class A RV. This means you are watching the mirrors to keep the dolly wheels on the road even though your RV is on. Since I only tow the Mini I removed 10 inches from the width of the dolly, making the dolly and the RV the same width on the tires. Some boards were bolted to the dolly such that the Mini front wheels "fall" between the boards when fully on and are encased side to side with only 1/2 inch clearance. This perfectly centers the car on the dolly and prevents any cocking of the wheels on long trips. It takes me about 15 minutes to load the dolly, about 5 minutes to unload. I have the safety chains for the car permanently mounted to the dolly and have the entire set up customized for the Mini.