Trailer or deck over dolly
I’d 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.
We’re 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. We’ve 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 can’t 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 it’s 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 I’m not to keen on laying on the ground hooking up the safety chains on the dolly.