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Old 02-27-2015, 06:24 AM   #21
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I went the dolly way. Went with the Tow Master wide model. During the summer I take the 1987 convertible with us. In January I took the Chevy Silverado 1500 with me. Have also used it to pick up a couple of cars for the son and his friends, with out the motor home.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:58 AM   #22
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Congrads on the new Berkshire. We love ours. As to the toad. We have one car we tow 4-down and also have a dolly we tow the other car that is not towable 4-down. Very seldom use the dolly but either way works. Much simpler for us to tow 4-down.

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Old 02-27-2015, 11:53 AM   #23
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For those who say it just takes a couple of minutes, with all the cables and toad braking equipment how is that possible? Since the primary control cable is underneath the Berk bumper how do you plug it in securely without getting on your knees? I can hook mine up in about 15 minutes and that takes hustle.


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Old 02-27-2015, 12:26 PM   #24
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For those who say it just takes a couple of minutes, with all the cables and toad braking equipment how is that possible? Since the primary control cable is underneath the Berk bumper how do you plug it in securely without getting on your knees? I can hook mine up in about 15 minutes and that takes hustle.


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I have the Blue OX Aventa LX which is hitch mounted tow bar. Unfold it, put the tabs in the base plate, put the pins in, two safety cables and a power cable and I'm done. The power cable plugs into the hitch but I just squat down, never need to get on my knees. Maybe two minutes of work and I'm done. I personally do not use a braking system (never have and my coach has never had an issue stopping) but that is a personal preference and I do know the laws for each state and requirements. My uncle uses a dolly and after he saw my set up and how easy it is, he regrets the dolly.

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Old 02-27-2015, 01:33 PM   #25
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I have the Blue OX Aventa LX which is hitch mounted tow bar. Unfold it, put the tabs in the base plate, put the pins in, two safety cables and a power cable and I'm done. The power cable plugs into the hitch but I just squat down, never need to get on my knees. Maybe two minutes of work and I'm done. I personally do not use a braking system (never have and my coach has never had an issue stopping) but that is a personal preference and I do know the laws for each state and requirements. My uncle uses a dolly and after he saw my set up and how easy it is, he regrets the dolly.

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I can'tell imagine towing without brakes. I love my tow dolly I bought at camping world. The brakes are installed on the dolly and all I have to do is plug them in with the lighting. I have backed short distances with the dolly and can pull both vehicles that I own. Once you master the straps it's very easy. I don't get on my knees to hook up the dolly. As far as sharp corners, if you position your car or SUV correctly on the dolly, it corners very sharply. Just my 2 cents. Congrats on your new R.V. By the way, the dolly unit rolls very easily and is light enough to grab it by the hitch and roll it into your camping space. I'm 62 and wear braces on both legs. As far as storing it, I just back over most of it with my motor home.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #26
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Greg,

I just timed myself. 5:09 and I wasn't trying to rush. I use an air-braking system on the toad and setting that up took about 2 mins of the 5:09 to setup the inside. Outside are quick-connections. Light connections plug in and the safety cables are are easy to hook onto the hitch. Take down was much faster. Like I said before, I'm sure some dolly owners can breeze through their setups too. I've never seen a dolly toad that didn't have two people setting it up but I'm sure there are many that can do it solo. Checking the lights is the only thing I need help with.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:22 PM   #27
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Per my previous post I tow 4 down. My toad is a Jeep wrangler and I towed about 1 year before installing an Air Force One braking system. Can't imagine ever towing again without a braking system. Not only does it decrease stopping distance but it also features a break away braking system. The liability issues of nit having a braking system vare just too great. Why risk it! !
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:52 PM   #28
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Okay Paulie, you can now see the greatness of the FR forum from all the actual experiences of those that have pulled a toad over many hundred of thousand miles.

When you do make your decision, please let us know what it was and your rationale.
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:26 PM   #29
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I dolly my car for the last year... No problems but next car will be a jeep 4 down.


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:43 PM   #30
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I also 4 down with my jeep rubi and I'm very novice as easy hook up and unhook. I would not know what to do with tow dolly but see advantages and disadvantages!! Welcome to this forum as you can always count on great advice and helpful tips.


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