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Old 05-28-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Dolly or 4 down?

Part of our buying decision is to get a tow dolly or tow 4 down, any thoughts or experience with either? Which is easier and which causes less wear on the tow vehicle?
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Old 05-28-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Dolly will save wear on the front tires but for me that is the only advantage. 4 down its easy and no worries about storing a dolly.
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While I could flat tow our C-Max I still went with a Acme dolly. Most Ford hybrids can be flat towed but there are some issues that can be "gotcha's" that aren't covered very well in any of the guides. A visit to a forum for your TOAD may be helpful in finding any of those issues.

As for which is easier I suspect flat towing would be quicker in almost all cases. But then I can tow just about any front wheel drive vehicle with my dolly with minimal adjustments and no added expenses. Both methods have their advantages. See Here and Here for some previous discussions on flat versus dolly....

By the way if you go with a dolly I suggest having a hitch added to your TOAD if it doesn't already have one installed. I had one added to my C-Max and that allows me to use it to move the dolly around very easily.
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Red .... Thanks for the links. I currently have a 2014 Ford Escape.
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As another option, try going toadless! I don't tow a car at all (cuz I'm too chicken.... and I think it adds time to "pack up" although you could hook the tow up the night before...).

Here's my blog: RVing Toadless

Takes a little more planning, but I get by......
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Alec,

According to the Ford 2014 RV & Trailer Towing Guide, Page 11 (See Here) you cannot flat tow an Escape. If your Escape is AWD you cannot dolly tow it either. But if it is a FWD you can use a tow dolly. You can confirm this with your local Ford dealer but the Ford guide is pretty clear on this one.

If you have a FWD and want to dolly tow it I highly recommend the Acme dolly linked in my signature.
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According to the Ford 2014 RV & Trailer Towing Guide, Page 11 (See Here) you cannot flat tow an Escape. If your Escape is AWD you cannot dolly tow it either. But if it is a FWD you can use a tow dolly. You can confirm this with your local Ford dealer but the Ford guide is pretty clear on this one.

If you have a FWD and want to dolly tow it I highly recommend the Acme dolly linked in my signature.
Beg to differ. I once owned a Ford Escape Hybrid 2005 and I specifically asked that question about 4 down. Was told I COULD! Ok, Ford doesn't make the Escape in a Hybrid anymore, maybe it's been changed...... But I don't tow anyway so was moot for me....
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Beg to differ. I once owned a Ford Escape Hybrid 2005 and I specifically asked that question about 4 down. Was told I COULD! Ok, Ford doesn't make the Escape in a Hybrid anymore, maybe it's been changed...... But I don't tow anyway so was moot for me....
Differ all you like... But the linked 2014 Ford Guide is pretty clear for his vehicles model year. All the manufactures change around towing capabilities quite a bit every new model and or year. That's why you really have to check very closely to see if a specific year / model / engine / transmission is towable.

We go "toadless" well over half the time. But if we are staying in one spot several days I want a car. I looked at just renting a car at the destination. But the cost of the tow dolly over time is much more attractive for me.
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Alec,

According to the Ford 2014 RV & Trailer Towing Guide, Page 11 (See Here) you cannot flat tow an Escape. If your Escape is AWD you cannot dolly tow it either. But if it is a FWD you can use a tow dolly. You can confirm this with your local Ford dealer but the Ford guide is pretty clear on this one.

If you have a FWD and want to dolly tow it I highly recommend the Acme dolly linked in my signature.
Thanks .... the RV dealer told me it could be toad 4 down. Shows me that I need to do my own research and not trust the dealer knowledge.
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Here's my blog: RVing Toadless
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I enjoyed your blog .... thanks for sharing.
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