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Old 02-19-2015, 04:29 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly vs Flat tow

So what are the pros and cons of flat tow vs tow dolly? Can you get away with surge brakes on a dolly with say a Ford Focus on it? Any thoughts or comments would be great.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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We had surge brakes on our dolly with a dodge Journey we used as our daily driver when traveling, We then switched to a Ford Focus and tow it 4 down, Much easier to deal with.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:30 PM   #3
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With Regards to towing, READ your owners manual to find out which is best for your vehicle. If buying new, the kit needed for a dolly or flat tow will be nearly the same once you add it all up. Also make sure that if you use a dolly with surge brakes that your vehicle allows for that stress on the hitch. Some RVs that have frame extensions frown (mostly class C's) on surge brake set ups.

My new Transit Connect has to be a dolly queen.
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:10 AM   #4
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Just a added note, the Ford focus was just a example of car on dolly not the one I am thinking about towing. Thanks carib for input on frame stress from surge brakes, can go with dolly with electric brakes if that posses a frame issue.Any one else have thoughts on flat vs dolly?
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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I'm pulling focus 4 down can't even feel it. No dolly to deal with at Rv parks
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:43 PM   #6
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We pulled a CHEVY HHR with a Blue Ox tow bar behind our 30 ft Class A gas. Didn't know it was there. If you've ever tried to manually park a tow dolly it can be challenging I vote tow bar
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:26 PM   #7
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The first time you pull into a campground in the rain or at night you will know if you made the right decision. We have towed a 2010 Kia Soul 4 down for 5 years without a problem I have seen tow dolly connect/disconnect in bad weather and it is not for me. To each his own.
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:53 PM   #8
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The biggest problem you'll have with a tow dolly is the tow dolly. You have to find a place to put it when you get to the camp ground.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:19 PM   #9
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Plus some CG will charge extra for the dolly.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:54 PM   #10
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No one is mentioning that you need to buy the specific tow bar for your vehicle and then get an adequate braking system for a toad. Car dolly will tow any vehicle once you have it set up with electric brakes (or surge brakes, if your are ok with any hitch issues). Yes, you will need to find a place to park it.
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