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Old 06-18-2015, 12:35 AM   #1
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What Toad for 3051S?

We are closing in on purchasing a new Ford-based Forester. We're thinking about a toad and wondering what others are using?
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:50 AM   #3
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Our toad is a 2013 Elantra GT that we tow wit an Acme Tow Dolly. The 3051 does a great job towing it even through the mountains!


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Ourflat, how is towing with a Dolly? Do you have issues with loading the vehicle? How about dealing with the Dolly at campgrounds, etc?
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We tow a Fiat 500, had to disconnect at going up vail pass, since entire rig would not go faster then 35mph, 12k feet.

without toad pass easy at 45mph.

fiat is 2350 lbs
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We are closing in on purchasing a new Ford-based Forester. We're thinking about a toad and wondering what others are using?
We are going to be ordering a 3051S this fall, hopefully. We have a PT Cruiser that we plan to use and since it is not flat towable are going to get an ACME EZE-TOW dolly to use, which seem to be highly recommended. Using the tow dolly allows us to use other cars if we so desire and does not require any modifications to the car.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:41 PM   #7
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We love our Acme Tow Dolly. It was the only dolly that would load/unload our toad without harming it. The ramps work great and I even installed a spare dolly tire on the front part of the dolly. You never know when you're gonna need a spare tire. We disconnect the dolly at the campground before leveling the coach with the hydraulic jacks then store the dolly next to the RV. Works great!

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I watched the Acme dolly video. I see a number of pluses, but it certainly looks like a ton of work to put the car on and off and store it at a campground if you can't get a long pull-thru spot. They don't show the guy getting on the ground to put the ramps on the dolly to remove your car.

We plan on purchasing a Toad - so, we're leaning toward flat towing a Mini Cooper with a manual transmission.

I've been driving BIG SUVs to tow my travel trailers for the past 13 years - Tahoes and Expedition ELs. They're nice vehicles, but I really don't need such a big vehicle for everyday use. Only when towing my TT.

So, now, with us buying a Forester I'd like to give up the big SUV and get something smaller.

The only positive I see with the dolly is I would have a wider range of vehicles to choose from AND I'd save some wear and expense on the Toad.

Also that Acme dolly with brakes and shipping is nearly $2,000. I don't know. Actual experience would make all the difference in this decision.
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We are closing in on purchasing a new Ford-based Forester. We're thinking about a toad and wondering what others are using?
We tow a 2013 Ford Focus (automatic) on all four. Weight is 4,000 lbs. and we towed it behind our 3051S through the Rockies out to Washington and back last summer. No problems at all. Takes 12 minutes to hook up and we use the InvisiBrake system.
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2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with the Damco Tow Bar. Plus a braking system with lights. Tracks extremely well behind the Coach.
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