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Old 05-20-2014, 08:56 PM   #11
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I have a Master Tow dolly with surge brakes. Works great. Virtually no wear and tear on vehicle like 4 down which is pretty much working every system but the engine when towing.

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Old 05-20-2014, 09:05 PM   #12
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Yes the info tag is Forest River Inc Car Tow. I got it from Buffalo RV about 4 Years ago. I'm new to the forms so don't now how to up load photos or I could post a shot of the name plate.

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Old 05-21-2014, 02:07 AM   #13
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I have been looking at the Tow Dolly offered by Acme. Only 405 lbs and has surge brakes etc. the rest including the one from a Camping World are all over 500 plus lbs. just had back surgery, would love to go with 4 down but like our present car and it cannot be towed 4 down. The lighter the dolly the better. Talked to 2 folks a couple of weeks ago that had them and just love them. They were both over 60 and could move the dolly around easily. One had a Demco dolly, liked it but paid over $2600 for it. The Acme is $1299 plus for me about $300 shipping. I have looked at them all the past couple of weeks and to me lighter is better!!

I bought the Acme Dolly due to the weight of our vehicle, which is a Honda Odyssey van. This particular vehicle was too heavy according to the specs for most dollies but the Acme seemed to be a great fit. Just towed the van on the dolly 4200 miles from Oklahoma to Alaska via Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the AlCan Highway. Worked like a champ. I only experienced 2 issues, and one was completely my own doing.

First, the surge brake system is perfect for flat land towing, and it also works well on basic hills. However, use caution on serious downward grades because the compression of the mechanism causes the brakes to be activated the entire way down. So, while you can avoid using your MH brakes by downshifting, your dolly brakes are roasting. I made many stops to allow for cooling, but I know my dolly brakes are now gone, as there is brake debris all over my front van tires. It's just something to be aware of as a difference between electric and surge brakes.

My second issue was a flat tire caused by not lining up the van with the dolly adequately and catching the right front tire on the angle iron that protrudes from the dolly. I'll be filing those down soon.

I've been pulling trailers of some sort since I started driving, and I will say that this combo (a MH and tow dolly) poses some challenges, especially at gas stations. You absolutely must leave yourself an out, without requiring tight turns or backing. Tight turns place a lot of pressure on the dolly tires, as well as the vehicle's front end and steering, and backing is asking for trouble.

So, all in all, I really like the Acme dolly and it made the trip quite well. It got the job done and is built like a tank. It handled the frost heaves and washboard gravel roads with no issues. I'll be giving it an "overhaul" with new brakes, new tires, and some touch-up paint before the next use and it will be good as new.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:54 AM   #14
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I too bought an Acme tow dolly and have found it works very well with my Ford Focus. It does have a brake lockout key so you can, with caution, back up for short distances if you get in a jam.
It takes no longer to set up than the tow bar system, once you get a little practice and it allows me the versatility of towing any of my other vehicles at a moments notice. It is easily handled....even by one person and is very solidly built.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:35 PM   #15
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I too have a Forest River tow dolly. Bought it used. Towed it to Florida this winter. If I get another one, it'll be one that folds up to some degree as mine was a little cumbersome to store inconspicuously while in Florida.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:14 PM   #16
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thank you
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:22 AM   #17
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I pull a Tow Master or Master Tow dolly with it's own surge brakes...have a Honda Fit on the dolly. Once I figured out how to get the straps out of the's been pretty easy to use.

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