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Old 03-02-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Thoughts on dolly towing

I want to tow my 2009 Mercury Mariner. The FMCA towing guide says it can be flat towed, but I have heard too many horror stories with Ford products. So, I am considering a tow dolly. Before I decide IF that is the way to go, I thought I would rent a U-Haul dolly for a short trip. Does anyone have experience with their dollies? Do I need a brake controller with it? Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 03-02-2016, 12:42 PM   #2
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We don't mind towing our car on a dolly. Depends on dolly, but if your car doesn't have steering wheel lock feature, be sure to wrap your seat belt around the steering wheel and back to the buckle. Also, be sure to tighten the straps over the wheels, drive and make 2 or 3 turns, then check the straps again. And you'll need a brake controller IMO. Sure you could do one test drive without it, but if your going to tow anything, its best to get one. I think most states require one on any trailer over 2,000 lbs. We also run magnetic lights on the back of the car, even though the trailer also has lights. Not sure if its required or not, but better safe than sorry.

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Old 03-02-2016, 05:32 PM   #3
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Some have surge brakes.
No controller needed.

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