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Old 05-23-2019, 12:31 PM   #15
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Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I always liked towing my 2010 Ranger.
I bought a dolly and tried towing my wife's Mazda 3, that didn't go too well. I tried to turn as sharp as I normally would with the Ranger flat, and the fender of the dolly hit the Mazda body.
So, anyone in my area want a good dolly, cheap!
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We've made full-lock turns in both directions and never hit anything on our RAV4. We do make sure we've got it close to centered. I've got a stripe on the left ramp that I use to line up. I can see where it'd be a problem if it were too close to one side or the other.

And we've got the 80" dolly. The 77" version may not work so well in tight turns.
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I have towed with a dolly (ACME) and now four down. Not sure one was easier than the other, but I do like that our Colorado has a narrower tow width than the dolly. Both have their own issues, so if it works for you run with it.
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:52 PM   #17
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Tow Dolly

Have been using tow dolly for almost two years. Have a paid-for '12 Focus and found that the cost of a vehicle that could be towed 4-down was too costly (for me) when you include all the necessary equipment: auxiliary braking system, tow bar, baseplate, brackets, lighting, etc.

It only takes a few minutes when you develop a proper routine.
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Back when we dollied with an Acme I tack welded 1" Black pipe across the frame on each side of front tires. Drive up and get centered very easily. Also, no way for car to vibrate over because of rough roads. Guy that bought it was going to have the pipe relocated to fit his van instead of our old Mini Cooper. He loved the setup.
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with a dolly you get 50% less wear & tear on the towed Vehicle. alot of the reason some insist on 4 down towing is because their Lazy
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with a dolly you get 50% less wear & tear on the towed Vehicle. alot of the reason some insist on 4 down towing is because their Lazy
Yeah. You tell 'em.

Now ....
if I just didn't have to carry another spare for the dolly
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Spare ? I don't have a spare for the MH, dolly or car. I better get some Fix A flat.
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easy choice for me, Dolly. I already had a paid for/free and clear nissan cube...
Same here, except we have a Buick. $1700 for a new dolly and down the road we went.
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Spare ? I don't have a spare for the MH, dolly or car. I better get some Fix A flat.
Now see? That there is just livin' on the edge.
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Yeah. You tell 'em.

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if I just didn't have to carry another spare for the dolly
We have been towing with a MasterTow Dolly (bought used) for the 18 months that we have been FT with no issues. Not even needing a spare that we didnít have. We did put on new tires as soon as we bought it because the originals looked suspect. (Dry Rotting).
FF to last month, I bought an Indian Roadmaster Elite and have been researching MC lifts, enclosed trailers, and tandem tow dollies in order to carry the bike with us along with the Toad. 2 days ago while at a casino RV Park in Tunica, MS, we ran into a fellow from Texas pulling a 2009 TandemTow HD with only a car on it. I was asking him some questions when he mentioned that he sold his HD last year and was looking to sell his dolly. I ended up trading my MasterTow plus some cash for his TandemTow HD. Yesterday after being on I-55 for about 70 miles the passenger side tire on the TandemTow shredded and did significant damage to the fender. FORTUNATELY the TandemTow had a spare on it. 1Hr 20 minutes later we were back on the road. Stopped in Jackson, MS for 2 new tires. We carry a spare now.
This is where I have to plug another must have item. Tire Pressure Monitor.(TPMS) I had no idea I had a problem until the alarm sounded on my TPMS. I checked my mirror and sure enough, smoke and shreds going everywhere. I swear I had just checked that mirror 30 seconds prior during my ever present scan.
I have sensors on every tire that touches terrafirma.

Now if I can remember how to change my signature since Iím no longer looking for a Hydralift.
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I bought an Indian Roadmaster Elite
not to jack this thread, but my son worked for Indian Motorcycles when they were built in Gilroy, Ca. First on the assembly line then the dyno machine. when they by surprise filed for bankruptcy, they had all the employees leave the building and stand out in the parking lot then locked all the doors to the factory. some of them used to ride the company shuttle bus which is now locked up behind a fence. they were screwed out of a job and a way home. My son missed the whole incident because he had taken a few days off to go dirt bike riding. He showed up for work monday morning to find the factory locked down, he called his manager and got the bad news. He really liked working there.
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