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Old 02-16-2016, 07:53 AM   #1
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Dolly vs flat tow

Pros and cons of flat towing vs dolly.
Assuming both can be flat towed to begin with.


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I bought an Acme dolly to tow my daughter's Civic, but also looking at a tow bar to tow my Jeep, just don't know how the Jeep will pull with 37" tires. I would prefer to use a tow bar because you can easily disengage the tow bar from the toad where with a dolly, you have to keep the dolly hitched, remove the vehicle, then remove the dolly if you have to back into a site. With a pull thru site it's not that big of a deal though. My dolly does have surge brakes, where with a tow bar you will need some type of braking system. I installed a Blue Ox Alpha with the Autostop brake system on a buddy's coach that worked well. His total price was just under $1200 with car bracket. He's towing a Dodge Ram that's 5300 lbs. My dolly was $1699.00 with spare tire.
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Thinking about a mh.
Trying to decide same as you.
Lifted jeep on 35's flat tow or my 2013 Jetta 5 speed either flat or dolly.
Tires on the jeep are expensive to just be flat towing.


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Old 02-16-2016, 08:41 AM   #4
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Thinking about a mh.
Trying to decide same as you.
Lifted jeep on 35's flat tow or my 2013 Jetta 5 speed either flat or dolly.
Tires on the jeep are expensive to just be flat towing.


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Amen to that! My Jeep is sitting on a 4" lift and while it will run down the highway at 80mph with little effort, a major bump in the road will cause it to jump a little, but never any "death wobble". I really want to take it out west this summer, but don't want to ruin the tires at $400 a piece.
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I have seen adapters, for the d ring mounts...

Set the Jetta up with a base plate.
I could use the tow bar on either.

Take the Jetta for the boring trips.
Take the jeep for the jeeping destinations...?


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Pull a 1998 Jeep Wrangler with 35". W/ 4 inch supension lift, Dont even know its back there, Have a 3010DSF.
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Pull a 1998 Jeep Wrangler with 35". W/ 4 inch supension lift, Dont even know its back there, Have a 3010DSF.
Thats good to hear! I have a Rugged Ridge front bumper and was looking for adapters for the D-ring mounts. May just make them, as the ones I've seen so far remove the mounts and bolt to the bumper. My mounts are integrated into the stinger.
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I'm in the process of setting up my 16 jeep JKU for flat towing. Have a road master Blackhawk 2 towbar, brake buddy, and waiting on the baseplate. The jeep is stock now, I was wondering how it would tow with a small lift and tires. I don't believe you can dolly tow a jeep. It's either 4 down or up on a full trailer.
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Thats good to hear! I have a Rugged Ridge front bumper and was looking for adapters for the D-ring mounts. May just make them, as the ones I've seen so far remove the mounts and bolt to the bumper. My mounts are integrated into the stinger.

Warrior products makes d ring adapters to use aftermarket bumpers.


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I've used a dolly since 1998 ($1000). Have towed four vehicles so far. To add towing packages to four vehicles would have cost much more.
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