Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-17-2022, 08:00 PM   #1
Member
 
rick.rutel's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Hudson, Florida
Posts: 53
Trailer or deck over dolly

Id like opinions on two towing options we are considering in the immediate future.
We have a Monaco Camelot 42pdq DP with a tag axle and 400hp Cummins. For the past four years, we pulled a 24 enclosed trailer that held a 2013 VW Beetle and various motorcycles as well as a full size mounted spare for the coach.
Were careful with weight and balance, adhering to maximum gross combined vehicle weight ratings and other that steep inclines, the coach pulls well.
70 combined length is in some states illegal, but really the most pressing issue is finding a park with 70 plus sites. Weve had success to be sure, but it takes much more research and aggravation to secure these, vs., say a 45 back in.
We have a Tow Master dolly with surge brakes as well. It does the job for the car only and is certainly easy to disconnect and move, but, car only.
I have always had a concern over damage that could to the car by debris, careless drivers and the really expensive one, a flat tire on the VW (we do attach TPMS to the VW and dolly), where replacement high performance low profile tires can cost upwards of $150.00 each, not to mention possible rim damage if we cant stop immediately.
A deck over dolly with a six foot bed would easily handle the car, motorcycle and full size 22.5 spare. Although much heavier than a standard tow dolly, it is still fairly easy to unhook and move. They are absurdly expensive, with used units selling in the upper five to over six thousand dollars!
Now, an 18 dual axle steel car trailer with a shield will hold what we need, keep everything off the road, protects the bike and car from minor hits, costs somewhere in the mid to upper three thousand dollar range new, but, is tougher to move and likely will have to be kept in an area separate from our site if its a basic back in.
What are your opinions on the two? Like I said, keeping the car essentially damage free is a priority.
That and Im not to keen on laying on the ground hooking up the safety chains on the dolly.
rick.rutel is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-18-2022, 07:38 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: North Tx
Posts: 663
If you're already towing an enclosed trailer, it doesn't make much sense to just convert to an open trailer ?

When we had a gas coach we wanted to tow a car and motorcycle and bought a Deck over Dolly trailer. We were able to keep the weight under our 5K limit, but not by much.

When we bought a Diesel, we switched to our truck and using a Rampage lift to load the motorcycle.

The Deck over Dolly trailer is a great product. The rock shield does a great job of protecting the cargo, but it's not light. 1500 lbs if I remember correctly. Compared to an enclosed trailer, the DOD will not keep things clean in rainy weather. We towed a Ford Fiesta to keep the weight light. It was hard to get the tire straps on due to limited space in the wheel well. A different vehicle would solve that.

Anyway, to try to answer your question, for us, the truck/MC loader is a better option for us than any type of trailer since it's so easy to move the truck. We can now accept back in spaces which you can't do with a trailer.
__________________
2020 Newmar Ventana 4369
GCSuper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2022, 10:40 AM   #3
Member
 
rick.rutel's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Hudson, Florida
Posts: 53
Trailer or deck over dolly

Makes sense. I guess what we were looking for was ease of off hitch movement. We looked at the hydra lift (?) but its a tad too expensive at this point. I agree with your advice. Well buy the trailer.
rick.rutel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dolly, trailer



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
? DIY Utility Trailer Deck "Paint" DCMAC214 iRV2.com General Discussion 2 05-19-2021 04:53 PM
Anyone use a deck over dolly trailer ? GCSuper Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 19 06-26-2020 09:27 PM
Double Deck Trailer snoking2014 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 1 02-19-2020 03:52 PM
Deck over tandem tow dolly pdeinc Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 3 01-07-2020 05:39 PM
Built Rite 5010 Double Deck trailer jim.smithjr Monaco Owner's Forum 1 03-23-2014 03:57 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.