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Old 07-16-2016, 06:59 AM   #1
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Trying to decide: Tow dolly or all on the ground. I could sure use some advice..

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Old 07-16-2016, 07:39 AM   #2
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Tow 4 down and never have to be concerned with where to stow the dolly. IMO.

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Old 07-16-2016, 08:50 AM   #3
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I had both and prefer 4 down all the way. I did not like getting on the ground to attach the safety chains to the vehicle. Multiply the dislike several times when it's raining.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:58 AM   #4
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When we first started towing 12 years ago we bought a standard shift, front wheel drive Honda Element. Added tow plate and drilled holes in tail light housings to install bulbs similar to a boat trailer, added a 4 pin to 7 pin connector (4 to 6 is also available) and have been happy for all these years. Towed the Honda at least 65,000 miles and no problem. Takes 5 minutes to hook up and 5 minutes to unhook.
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:51 AM   #5
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4 wheels down is our perfered method, 45,000 miles no issues just make sure you have a TPMS for the toad.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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Used a dolly for 2 years the wheat 4 down and will never look back. Good luck!

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Old 07-16-2016, 04:17 PM   #7
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IMHO - If I don't use the car while traveling, but am towing the the car mainly so I'll have it at my destination, then dolly may be a better option.

If I like to use the car every night, at every stop, then flat tow would be the better option.

Dolly tow

Advantage - Lower cost, almost any vehicle can be towed with no special additional equipment required. Having a dolly makes more towing options available. (Dad's automotive repair and broken vehicle towing)

Disadvantage - A little more time consuming to load / unload vehicle, its a pain in the butt compared to flat towing. (With that statement, watch the discussion pick up)

Flat towing

Advantage - quick and easy to load / unload

Disadvantage - Initial cost is substantially higher. Tow bar, base plate, brakes. Some of this special equipment is dedicated to vehicle and cannot be used on other vehicles - i.e. base plate.

I do both, flat tow and dolly tow. The decision is usually based on the question: "Do we plan on using the car while traveling?" If the answer is no, then we dolly and usually take our daily driver. If the answer is yes, then we flat tow and take our Saturn or Civic.

While traveling, we'll pull in for an overnight stop and might like to drive into town or something with the car. Usually with the dolly the answer is " I don't fell like unloading the car, maybe next time". With the 4 down, we just unhook and go.

Sometimes, if we think we need both cars, we'll tow one and drive the other..
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:31 PM   #8
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What kind of car do you have? Is it towable 4 wheels down?
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:27 PM   #9
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My blue ox base plate, tow bar, patriot brake were way less than a quality tow dolly. We tow a jeep and it takes less than 5 minutes to hook or unhook and I don't have find a place to park the dolly or to backup with it on.
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:09 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your input...

I am still undecided..

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