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Old 10-10-2022, 06:14 PM   #1
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Dolly towing

We currently tow a Toyota RAV4 on a 2 wheel tow dolly behind our Winnebago Brave MH.
We would like to get a newer, slightly larger and more powerful SUV.
(Want to tow a small fishing boat in the future)

What do you tow on your dolly?

2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive.
Recommendations please.
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Personally I would go to 4 down towing over dolly, if I was buying a new vehicle.
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Personally I would go to 4 down towing over dolly, if I was buying a new vehicle.
Sorry but we are not considering that option as the cost to go from dolly towing to four down is restrictive.
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We've towed multiple vehicles on different journeys over the past 8 years on our American Car Dolly. 2 Ford Focus's, a Ford ranger pick up , a Chevy S-10, , a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, and a Prius. All have been 2 wheel drive. The 2 pick-ups we towed with front wheels on the ground (backwards) as they were rear wheel drive. But we added weight to the bed (camping gear/ spare tires etc.) when towing the pick ups rearward to assure no wiggle. Our experience has been excellent, we are able to load quickly and have towed almost 90,000 miles this way coast to coast several times and to Alaska from Georgia with the different vehicles over the years. I believe the weight limit on an American Car Dolly is around 6500 lbs. and we love how stout it is.

All our vehicles have been 2 wheel drive and they have met the requirements of the use for any given travel.

We used to tow a Jeep 4 down but will not go back to that set up.
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I dolly towed a FWD Jeep Renegade for a few years and then a Honda Ridgeline FWD 4 door pickup.
This year we're towing our 2007 FWD Jeep Patriot, while we wait for our FWD maverick to come in.

The Ridgeline towed my 28 ft boat short distances to the launch ramp 6 times, plenty of power.
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We currently tow a Toyota RAV4 on a 2 wheel tow dolly behind our Winnebago Brave MH.
We would like to get a newer, slightly larger and more powerful SUV.
(Want to tow a small fishing boat in the future)

What do you tow on your dolly?

2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive.
Recommendations please.
We tow a 21 Buick Enclave FWD, upgraded from 14 SRX Caddy as we wanted a bit bigger car with increased storage space. Measure your dolly for width so
You can filter your search to vehicles that will fit. I didnít do that and ended up with a new dolly. Buick was 2Ē wider than Caddy. 🙄
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Note that some (many?) "4 wheel drive" vehicles are actually all-wheel-drive and cannot be dolly-towed. Ditto for a few 4 WD vehicles as well, depending on the details of the transfer case. If you choose a 4 WD or AWD vehicle, verify that dolly towing is permitted.


We only used a dolly one season and towed a front drive (2WD) sedan.
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Cherokee trailhawk

Went to a dealer today and thought I had found the right vehicle, recommended by the dealer.
However I get home and research it, and the Cherokee Trailhawk can not be towed on a two up tow dolly!!!!
Grrrrr!
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We tow a FWD Chevy Sonic RS hatchback 6spd manual on an ACME EZE Tow dolly. Having no swivel plates, the ACME is one of few that can be backed up.
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Went to a dealer today and thought I had found the right vehicle, recommended by the dealer.
However I get home and research it, and the Cherokee Trailhawk can not be towed on a two up tow dolly!!!!
Grrrrr!
Yup. If you insist on using a tow dolly, youíll PROBABLY find there arenít any AWD or 4WD vehicles that can be dolly towed because the manufacturers design them to have both axles rotating at or nearly the same speed.
I suspect your dolly vehicle will HAVE to be front wheel drive.
If you prefer rear wheel drive, youíll PROBABLY have to tow backwards.

Towing 4 down is easier to do, but a little more costly, and can also restrict your choices.
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We tow a FWD Chevy Sonic RS hatchback 6spd manual on an ACME EZE Tow dolly. Having no swivel plates, the ACME is one of few that can be backed up.
The cars steering does the articulating instead of the swivel plate.

Absolutely no difference in backing a swivel plate dolly.
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We tow a FWD Chevy Sonic RS hatchback 6spd manual on an ACME EZE Tow dolly. Having no swivel plates, the ACME is one of few that can be backed up.
The OP outlined that he needs a bigger and more powerful vehicle than your Sonic.
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