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Old 03-20-2016, 11:46 AM   #11
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I used a tow dolly for a couple of years because I was not sure which was I was going and I did not have a vehicle flat towable. Bought the DW a Chevy Equinox, because it is 4 wheel down capable and will never go back. It is so much easier! We keep vehicles a long time so I am not worried about the cost of fitting vehicles. If you have a back in site dollies are a major PITA! Tow dollies are less expensive and will work with almost any front wheel drive vehicle so if you change cars you can still pull the new vehicle. Good Luck!


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Old 03-20-2016, 12:10 PM   #12
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I use a dolly.from Acme tow's small enough that it all but fits under the rear of the motorhome when not being used. Yes it's a little more work to put car on.hook up the straps and chains. but I didn't need a brake controller,(Has surge brakes) and no actuator needed in the car for brakes.I did add a set of towing lights that I put in the rear car window as the dolly lights are at the front and I want to be SEEN.(cost for lights-$25.00) Now with the dolly I have already changed motorhomes and didn't have the extra expense of equipping the motorhome again.and I can tow just about anything.I now tow a Hyundai Azera.
Towed 2600 miles in January.didn't even know it was back there. A tow dolly from Acme tow dollies with surge brakes,a spare tire and shipped to my home was 2K.The only problem is people know I have one and want to use it too. As for back in sites.I bought a dolly for the dolly (59 bucks at harbour freight) disconnect the dolly,roll it back into the site and then back the motorhome up tight to it. has 10" tires and fenders all but fit under the home.

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Old 03-20-2016, 12:11 PM   #13
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I flat tow, a Malibu behind a Sunseeker 2300. Would only consider a dolly if no other way to transport a car, and might then opt for renting at my destination. My suggestion, if in doubt, go to a larger campground (Casino campgrounds are good as they usually have an assortment of larger coaches) and WATCH folks hook up and unhook from their toads, load and unload their dollies. One time watching a guy and his wife belting down the front car tires to the dolly in a rain storm is all it took for me.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:45 PM   #14
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If you are snow birds traveling twice a year, a dolly would be ok. If you are traveling all over the country, I would suggest flat towing. The first time you get in a parking lot or run into a back road that is closed with the dolly and you have to back up, with all the time and effort involved in doing so. You'll wish you were flat towing. Much simpler to temporally hang all the cables and tow bar on the back of MH than deal with the dolly.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:04 PM   #15
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I stewed over this question several years ago. In the end I purchased a Blue Ox tow bar and bracket for our HHR and are very pleased. There isn't always room for a dolly and vehicle at the camp site. Dollys can be a bear to move around. Tow bars cost more. The list goes on. IMHO buy the tow bar and be done with it.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:05 PM   #16
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I've have used both. I put my Chevy Captiva in an enclosed trailer. Stays clean, no road damage, and I can back up. I was tired or concerned that every time I started it it could be broke. Rock thru radiator etc. So forget Dolly, plates,wires,brakes, get a trailer and drive it on ,tie it down and go
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:07 PM   #17
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Yeh there is pros and cons to each system.I have had occasions where I needed to back up a few hundred feet.I just run out put a clip on the dolly so the brakes don't engage and do my the cost to go to flat towing for me would be 20-30K Including Hitch, brake and light equipment and of course a vehicle that can be flat towed.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:42 PM   #18
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Smile Flat tow Ford C-Max

I have been flat towing for years. Latest is a 2015 FR3 28DS pulling a 2015 Ford C-Max. Hitch, baseplate and wiring less than $750 as I did it myself. Camping World will charge about $1500 for total job.

Since the car is a hybrid, I chose not to hook into the wiring but put additional LED 1157 bulbs and sockets in the taillights.

I use a RV Brake since the car weighs over 3600 lbs. ($1100)
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:55 PM   #19
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I like to be able to back up anywhere, trailer for me. Home camp ground has long back in spots, no problem.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:01 PM   #20
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First consideration would be what your current passenger vehicle will allow. Second, how often will you trade or will you want to take other vehicles from time to time? A dolly works with most front will drive vehicles but not so much with all-wheel drive. 4-wheel down is usually much more convenient in time and effort but not so much in expense. A snow bird would probably love a dolly but if you move frequently, the 4-wheel down method might be better.

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