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Old 09-06-2022, 07:41 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Attached to MH

Hello all, I am so glad that I found this site because this site has a wealth of info that I can come and ask.

My question is, should I level the MH with or without the tow dolly attached to the MH or do it matter what is your process? Thank you, guys, for your comments.
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The tow dolly should be attached in such a way (ball) that it allows for the raising/lowering of the back end of your RV. Afterall, when you are driving the tow dolly has to adjust/adapt up/down/right/left.


So when you get to where you are going, you should have no problem leveling your RV with the tow dolly attached.


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Old 09-06-2022, 07:50 PM   #3
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I level mine with the dolly attached all the time.
But I unload the dolly first when we get to our site.
I just hit the auto level button and usually the jacks don't go all the way down.

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It doesn't really matter unless the leveling will be extreme, causing the towbar on the dolly to raise far up, e.g. a 45 degree angle.
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Thank you so much, the ground at the campsite is level, so after getting to our site I will unload the car off of the dolly and level the MH, but I will probably take it off of the ball so I can fold it up and tuck it behind my MH.

So do I want to unload my dolly first before I pull into my site or does it matter?
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Personal preference on whether to unhook the dolly. I prefer back in sites, so generally I’ll remove mine after pulling the car off. I could back the dolly, but I don’t need that extra difficulty after a day behind the wheel. On a pull through, I just leave it on for the duration provided I have a site long enough, which hasn’t been an issue. And if I’m only there one night, I leave the car on as well (for a pull through site). It’s been my experience that most places we’ve been with the dolly don’t have a ton of space at the site for a car unload and I try not to block the drive so I generally will pull the car off at the office or a find a place to pull off out of the way prior to getting to the site itself.
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Personal preference on whether to unhook the dolly. I prefer back in sites, so generally I’ll remove mine after pulling the car off. I could back the dolly, but I don’t need that extra difficulty after a day behind the wheel. On a pull through, I just leave it on for the duration provided I have a site long enough, which hasn’t been an issue. And if I’m only there one night, I leave the car on as well (for a pull through site). It’s been my experience that most places we’ve been with the dolly don’t have a ton of space at the site for a car unload and I try not to block the drive so I generally will pull the car off at the office or a find a place to pull off out of the way prior to getting to the site itself.

Thank you sir, so when you travel and when you pull in with your dolly tow do you level your MH, will that effect the leveler with the weight attach to your MH?

The tow dolly I have is Kar Kaddy it let me fold the tongue and put up my ramp.
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Thank you sir, so when you travel and when you pull in with your dolly tow do you level your MH, will that effect the leveler with the weight attach to your MH?

The tow dolly I have is Kar Kaddy it let me fold the tongue and put up my ramp.
When traveling, I'm in travel mode on the air suspension and when I'm at a site, I'm in auto level mode. There's not enough weight on the tow hitch to affect it. Most of the weight from the car is centered on the tow dolly wheels.
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I have lifted my tow dolly off the ball with the toad on it.
It weighed about 40 50 lbs.
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When I initially load in the driveway I do not level the dolly or motorhome, but I do attempt to make sure I am on a relatively flat straight run of the driveway. I always level with the dolly loaded and attached when arriving at a pull through site IF I am not unloading the dolly to utilize the toad.

If I am unloading the toad I always try to have the rig down without level jacks extended, and the dolly on relatively level ground. This keeps the dolly tongue from raising up and catching the front elements of the toad when rolling off the dolly. I once, many years ago, raised the rig to level it at a campsite then unloaded the toad. Funny thing happened when I rolled the car off. I heard a loud ripping and grinding sound and when I got out I fount the toad's air dam laying on the ground and had loosened the entire front bumper system. Lesson learned.

I guess I now know that a level dolly when loading or unloading (without using the rigs leveling jacks) makes for a happy toad and toad owner??
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We leveled with the car on the attached dolly any time we were overnighting without unloading the car. Just make sure the toad is not in Park (unless it's FWD) and does not have the parking brake set. That way, its wheels are free to roll the small amount needed when the coach is leveled and the tongue position changes.
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We leveled with the car on the attached dolly any time we were overnighting without unloading the car. Just make sure the toad is not in Park (unless it's FWD) and does not have the parking brake set. That way, its wheels are free to roll the small amount needed when the coach is leveled and the tongue position changes.

The car is fwd and thank you.


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I've also learned a lot from the replies since I'm a new tow dolly owner. Thanks to all. Off to the Hershey RV Show next week Happy travels!
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