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Posted: 08/27/17 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a motor home and a flatbed car trailer. I recently had to switch cars from what we had and found out that the new mini van once loaded that I cannot open any of the doors due to the height of the fenders on the trailer.
So I will dispose of the near new car trailer and get a dolly as I need to have the van with me that has my wheelchair inside. At least it will save me some weight towing as the trailer weighs in at some 1700#
What brand is popular? I would like something light so if I have to disconnect the dolly at a given campsite I can move it around.
I will assume they have brakes~either electric or surge?


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I have an American Car Dolly. It is steel, sturdy, an articulating front tire platform, fenders, lights and electric brakes. Delivered to my home for under $2000. New!
I find it easy to use and move around. Aluminum is lighter, but Does it hold up?
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Howe much more height do you need to get the doors open? How about two 2" x 12" planks where the wheels run?

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You could always convert the fender to be removable or "flip-able". Like U-haul does.

That said, a tow dolly will pull better, and free up a little more carrying capacity for the MH since it does not really add tongue weight.


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We thought about the planks but my mini van is close to 5000# anyway and the trailer hits some 1700+ #. That is slightly over what the MH is rated to tow. Like I said, the dolly will be lighter.

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Bad habit to be overweight...even slightly. Did you ever put that combo on a scale?


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IMO, the ultimate tow dolly is the DEMCO Kar Kaddy, with surge brakes.
Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is heavy compared to some others. But, it is well built, and likely to last nearly forever.
I had one once, that was about 30 years old. It worked flawlessly on a trip from here to Ringgold, GA, and back. Selling it was one of the dumbest things I have done!
My second choice would be the American tow dolly.


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I have a Master Tow with surge brakes. No problems in over 10k miles. Well built for @ $$1700.00. Only complaint I have is that it is heavy and not easy to move around. Got a tow dolly dolly from Harbor Freight.


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Lwiddis wrote:

Bad habit to be overweight...even slightly. Did you ever put that combo on a scale?


No, I did not actually weigh the package but the van maker says my model is 4330. To that I have had to add a power lift for my wheelchair and the power chair itself for a grand total of 4910#. That is of course with nothing else in the van.

From what I see on the 'net the Acme EZE Tow and the American tow dolly are the only ones with that type of weight capacity. The total package with the EZE Tow reduces my weight by some 1300# which I like too.

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I just ordered the Acme EZE Tow. I had a couple of questions such as clearance for my new van which is low and they came right back and told me if it's an issue to lower the hitch height to 12". I sent another question about the straps and if they would work with my 17" factory tires and again they responded right away with the information.
Read many reviews and it appears it will do the job.

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