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Old 05-08-2021, 04:26 PM   #29
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Hi AudiDudi,
We have a 2017 Sprinter and are looking for a tow able vehicle but keep getting into the issue of manual vs automatic, and the newer model years that have fallen out of favor with 4 down flat towing.
We are looking at getting a "newer" vehicle for everyday use since we might need a Toad a couple of times each year. I believe you are the first person who has said they use a tow dolly. I'm leaning that way since I want a nice car to drive but not be limited to particular models that can go flat tow.

What is your experience with the car dolly?
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Old 05-08-2021, 04:50 PM   #30
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Hi AudiDudi,
<snip> I believe you are the first person who has said they use a tow dolly. I'm leaning that way since I want a nice car to drive but not be limited to particular models that can go flat tow.

What is your experience with the car dolly?
HI StevenSue - There are many threads on towing a dolly. I bought an ACME EZETow that was 2 yrs old with about 3k miles on it for $1k. I've since put close to 20k miles on it. The older ones (pre 2016 I think) came with 10 inch bias ply tires. For about $175 I replaced those with new wheels and 12 inch radial tires (the same ones the come on the newer models).

The ACME does not have swivel plates and can be backed up. Some say the swivel plates are an advantage - some don't. The ACME weighs less than 400 lbs and, with the ramps not on the tongue, it is fairly easy to move around and it will store standing up, although I have never done that - I just usually back over it or park it alongside. It comes with electric or surge brakes - I have surge.

As for experiences with it, it works. It is more hassle than flat towing, but I'm generally not in a hurry and can get the car on it in 10-15 minutes. The biggest hassle is having to hookup the safety chains as I have to get on the ground and reach under the car - others have devised different solutions that avoid that. A plus is that with the narrow Sprinter, I can see the dolly tires in the mirrors going down the road. (or backing up)

Even though it is not required, I spent about $40 and bought a set of magnetic lights and spliced in a 2nd connection on the dolly harness. In Montana there is no requirement to register/license it - not sure about other States and other dollys.

I would suggest searching and reading up on other dollys as well. Happy hunting
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Look at the Chevy Equinox either FWD or AWD. Nice small SUV. Weighs around 3400 lbs for their top-of-the-line Premier.

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We have a 2017 Sprinter and are looking for a tow able vehicle but keep getting into the issue of manual vs automatic, and the newer model years that have fallen out of favor with 4 down flat towing.
We are looking at getting a "newer" vehicle for everyday use since we might need a Toad a couple of times each year. I believe you are the first person who has said they use a tow dolly. I'm leaning that way since I want a nice car to drive but not be limited to particular models that can go flat tow.

What is your experience with the car dolly?
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