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Old 02-23-2014, 11:02 PM   #11
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Towing 4 down is very simple.If I had to do all of that I would never get on the road.I haven't seen wheel locks on a truck or car for a long time. There are pros and cons for both systems. I'm not trying to sell my brand or way to do things. I looked ate both and went with 4 down because it works best for me. I see 10 to 1 4 down to dolly. Check out both there are thousands of posts on here or FMCA or IRV2 to read through. It's not cheep to change so shop carefully.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:14 PM   #12
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Good news! I was wrong! (Don't tell my wife!). Was able to get a copy of your '08 manual that says you CAN tow four down.

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:32 PM   #13
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I recently purchased an Acme tow dolly and have been very impressed with how it functions and handles. It does not require any modification to your vehicle, has surge disc brakes, can easily be maneuver by one person, and I can get it ready to go in about the same time as when I towed 4 down. The tongue weight is very minimal...in fact, my bike rack is more of an issue than the tow dolly. It is often personal preference, however, I would encourage you to look at this dolly in your research.

I also have the Acme tow dolly and it works well. My decision was based purely on the vehicle I needed to tow (2008 Honda Odyssey). The weight of this van, plus not being able to tow it 4 down were the driving factors. When I looked at most tow dollys on the market, they were too light to handle the nearly 4500# gross weight. The Acme has very few moving parts and is very solid and maneuverable by hand.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:11 PM   #14
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We use a Tow Dolly. It works great unless you need to back up... Since backing would have 2 pivot points, you have to remove car to back up, then drive back on dolly and secure again...
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:49 PM   #15
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Interestingly, the Acme tow dolly can be backed for short distances without off-loading as it has only the single pivot point, there is no plate that pivots on the dolly itself. (See their website for a much better description than I can offer.) I would not recommend doing this more than might be necessary for a quick correction; however, their website identifies that one of their customers was about to back his up 50 feet or more. You just lock out the surge brake with a 'key.' I've really only needed to back up once and that was at a gas station for a very short distance to get situated at the pump. Still,...nice to know you have that option (if done very carefully) without needing to off-load the vehicle, etc.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:08 PM   #16
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Thanks Hondaman. My 2011 CR-V owner's manual pages 334 and 335 have the same info. The CR-V is a great car to flat tow. The last four annual supplements to Motorhome magazine (2010-2013 issues) say the CR-V can be towed as "Dinghy." However, each issue also contains the caveat to look in the owner's manual to see exactly what it says. Don't forget your need for Dinghy brakes if you flat tow. The motorhome bakes are for the motorhome alone, not also for the additional 3500 or more pounds following you.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:08 PM   #17
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I bought an Acme Tow Dolly but don't like it! Ramps are seperate and hard to get both set of tires flush at the top!
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:16 PM   #18
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Actually Acme changed their ramps a few months ago. The new style ramps are longer, sturdy,..but also a bit heavier. They secure to the dolly when loading and are very stable.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:18 PM   #19
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Upgrade to Acme's new ramps. I just bought mine and needed the new ramps that attach to the tow dolly to load/unload (see their website). My Acme tow dolly has a little stopper that I attach to the tow dolly surge brake piston so I can back up with it without activating the surge disk brakes. I research and tried a bunch of tow dollies until finding this dolly for my 2013 Elantra GT.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:01 PM   #20
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About1.5K$ +/- for towbar and ass kit, plates on car installed. Then add 1k$ for a 4 down braking system. Gets pricy. Tow dolly + electric brake controller installed 1.5k$.
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