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Old 06-23-2018, 06:37 AM   #1
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dolly, tow bar, trailer?

Which of these three have you chosen to pull your toad and why? Pro's and con's. I search for MH for 5-6 years. Pulled the trigger last week. Now looking to set up my toad. I own a Preis and a Tahoe. Neither can be towed 4 down. Is it better to buy a vehicle to tow 4 down or just get a dolly? Thanks for sharing from your experence.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:41 AM   #2
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We have owned a dolly but currently tow four-down.
What does the owner's manual state for each of your vehicles about towing with two wheels off the ground? Usually under the heading "Recreational Vehicle Towing".
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:47 AM   #3
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I'm currently hauling my MX-5 on a tandem axil car hauling trailer. Now that I'm used to the trailer, I like it better than my previous 4 down simply because it's easy to load/unload and I can back it up, which wasn't recommended with the 4 down system. Thought about a dolly but decided against it due to the car has only 5" of ground clearance. Obviously, that wouldn't be an issue with the Tahoe, not sure about the Preis.
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Jumped in two years ago. Only had a Prius to tow so went with a dolly. Worked out ok for a year. Ran across a Jeep Wrangler which couldn’t pass up and gave us better off road capabilities so outfitted it with a baseplate and tow with a Ready Brute Elite towbar. Between the two, I do like the 4-down better. I don’t have to reach under the car to put the chains around the front wheel A-frame. Not a biggie, but it seems an easier overall hookup with 4-down. That’s my opinion. You will find people who love their dollies (tow type) and people who hate them. They both have their place. [Mod Edit]
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:12 AM   #5
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dolly, tow bar, trailer?

Went with 4 down behind our Forester.

Looked at dollies and decided I didnít want to have to mess with straps, what to do with the dolly at destination etc.

Blue ox towbar, baseplate, stay and play braking system. Less that 5 minutes to hook up flip switch on braking to on, car in neutral, emergency brake off and go.

Went with a new Hyundai Elantra sport 6 speed to save some weight over our Jeep Liberty that was towable 4 down. Love the extra gas mileage as well.
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thanks for the help guys
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Everybody's got their own ideas about this, but I would never use a tow dolly or trailer when I can flat tow! I can hook up and unhook my toad in 5 minutes. I doubt that you can get a tow dolly set up in that length of time.
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