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Old 02-26-2015, 07:30 AM   #1
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Tow dolly vs towing with 4 down

It's final; bought a 2014 390BH-60. Flying to Texas to pick it up on the 9th of March and returning to SW Florida that week. Happy camper here. Now, the never ending debate, tow dolly or 4 wheels down. Lincoln MKX FWD. Dolly winning in my head right now just thinking of the resistance of axles turning, tranny rotating without full oil pumping.
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What year is the MKX? One of the Family Motor Coach Towing guides lists the MKX as towable 4 down, which is the way to go. I have towed 4 down since 2011 and have not had any problems. The expense of hooking up 4 down or with dolly is about the same, you just don't have to worry about what to do with the dolly everytime you tow. JMHO


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Oh yea, almost forgot!!! Congratulations on your Berkshire!! And welcome to the forum!! Great people here!!!


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Congratulations on your new Berk and many enjoyable miles. Paulie, your answer is obvious. Observe what is on the road; you will find maybe one dolly to every twenty you see on the road.


The dolly is wider then the car and makes tight turns more difficult. Most of all, you have another item to deal with. You need to cart it with the MH to a camping site and have a camping site deep enough to store it with the 40 ft Berk, Just my opinion.
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I go thru cars too often, so dolly is the route for me. One dolly = many toads.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:10 AM   #6
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:16 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input. And the Lincoln chart.
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I don't see the dolly any harder to tow than four down or my boat. I've had my dolly since 04 and three different cars, so it was the best for me. My sister and bro in law, and my friends have a Moho and have barrowed it. I have also used it with my truck to help friends. Mine is the wider Master Tow with 14 in wheels and elec brakes. I also keep a spare in basement of Moho. Hope this helps. Hey what part of sw Florida? Parents are in Fort Myers beach.

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Thanks for your input. Currently in Bonita Springs for the last three years.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:44 AM   #10
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Congrats on the Berk Paulie and welcome.

Both towing methods have their advantages. Just depends on what you find easiest to rig up and get down the road. Myself, I had a Jeep Wrangler before I had a Moho, so my decision was an easy one.
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Just from what I've seen......Dolly takes longer to hook up and take down and usually requires 2 people. I can hook up in about 5 minutes and unhook in less than 5 minutes all by myself. I'm sure there are dolly users that have it down to a science, but as a novice to all of this, toad is much easier.
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I also tow 4 down. To me it's just a lot easier and if I get into a tight situation (and I have) where I can't make a turn and need to back up it's pretty easy to disconnect and hook back up.
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Congrats!!!

4 down is the way I prefer also. Car is hooked up in about two minutes and we're off. I've been towing 4 down since 2008 and never had an issue. First was a Honda CRV and now a Cadillac SRX since November of 2011.

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I can hookup or unhook in less than 5 minutes and don't have to get on my knees at any point been towing since 2004 with 4 different toads 4 wheel down is just much easier Congratulation on coach
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I can hookup or unhook in less than 5 minutes and don't have to get on my knees at any point been towing since 2004 with 4 different toads 4 wheel down is just much easier Congratulation on coach
Question? don't you have to get a new base plate/tow bar for each different toad and have it installed?
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Congratulations on your new Berk. You will enjoy it. I have a 2013 Ford Explorer and when I bought my Berk I was sure I wanted a tow dolly. I ordered the top of the line Demco Tow Dolly and when I went to pick up the coach and dolly I found much to my surprise the the Explorer was too wide for the dolly by about 3 inches. The tread width was wider than any trailer on the market. That made the decision for me in that I had to tow 4 down. That was the best thing that could have ever happened. I got a full Blue Ox system - base plate, tow bar, wiring, harness and Patriot braking system all for about the same price of the Demco Dolly. The car tows like a dream, easy quick set up, no dolly storage to worry about, and basically totally hassle free. We have towed over 18,000 miles in the past 2 summers including through the U.S. an Canadian Rockies without any issues. To me, flat towing with all 4 down is the way to go. Good luck with your new Berk.


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Question? don't you have to get a new base plate/tow bar for each different toad and have it installed?
Yes a baseplate has to be installed on each vehicle I had to chane one tow bar when I went to a chevy Z71 from a grand Cherokee that had to have larger towing capacity i was useing road master at that time then I started towing accura mdx which was a lighter vehicle didn't have to change tow bar just add a baseplate to accura I also towed a golf cart in back of truck what I bought it for then years later class c towing useing blue ox on toad used tow bar new baseplate on saturn I have traded or sold my rv's about every two years since 2003 you also have to wire each of them
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Congratulations on your new Berkshire, you will love it! If possible I recommend towing 4 wheels down. We have done both and four wheeels down is easier for us. Good luck, and safe travels.
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As I mentioned earlier; observe the interstates. You will see 4-down twenty to one over a dolly. Of course, things like a non-towable car or change frequently toad, or your personal taste may point the way.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:58 AM   #20
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Since 1978 I have had six Class A MHs and towed four down, well over a quarter million miles. If your toad can be towed 4 down, that's the way I would go.

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