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Posted: 07/05/19 04:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Roadmaster tow dolly, and am very happy with it. I pull many thousand miles a year with my KIA Sportage attached. It has the swivel pan that the tires set into. I have used three different type of tie downs. The first was the one that came with the dolly, it was totally adjustable. I thought it had to many moving parts. I then went to a total basket style I really liked how easy it was to attach, the problem was it started to show signs of ware to early in its life and the baskets just fit the tires. I am now using one that is a little more to put on but so far seems to do the job.

You should already have a break controller for your other trailers so might as well stick with electric brakes. You will want brakes, good luck.


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Having towed by all 3 methods I choose 4-down.. Recently I had some work done on the car. I towed it in (Since the shop was like 20 yards off my "Beaten path" and the job was way easier to do with a cold engine) and when one the mechanic drove it up to my rig where I hooked it up.. When he gets around to the RV life he decided right there he'd goong 4 down too.. I was fully hooked faster than he could get the webbing over one tire.

That said.. What I would look for on a dolly is a good "Stop" (Parking stop) the part you "Bump up" against when you pull on.

Was in a campgrond last winter and heard a loud "WHOMP" the party was putting the car on the dolly on the road in front my pull through site The dolly only had about a 1 or 1 1/2" stop and the car went right over it and WHOMP.. We used jacks and planks and still had to call a tow truck to pull it back onto the dolly (Minimum tow bill. thanks to my planks and jacks) That would have been a much harder job with just the tow truck.

SO look for a good STOP for when you pull on.


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I have a demco car katty and have pulled it for over 70 thousand miles and in every state. I pulled it with 2 different motor homes and with 2 different cars. It has been painted twice, new fenders, new lights and a complete re wire. It has surge brakes and have never had any problems with getting hot or backing up. You can't back far anyway just like 4 down you can reposition at the pumps with ease. Now I did weld a piece of 2 in angle iron on top of the bump stop as with the last car 16 in wheels I saw it could be a problem. In 12 years of use I've only had to unhook maybe 8 or 9 times as always ask for a pull through. Learn how to use your straps correctly and your good to go.

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I towed with a dolly for a while, before going to 4 down towing. Like most, I much prefer 4 down towing, but if I ever go back to a tow dolly (won't rule it out), it will be with the same one I had before, what is IMO the best dolly you can get (and only one I'd ever own): The ACME EZE tow dolly.

You just can't beat it, IMO. Lightest dolly made, at only 330 lbs, so easier to move around by hand than almost any other dolly. The thing is so low profile, you can store it almost completely under the back of your Motorhome, so it uses very little space when parked (uses less space than even the much more expensive folding Demco Kar Kaddy ). Detachable ramps eliminate risk of ramps hitting bottom of car. Design pretty much guarantees you can take some pretty tight turns, and its almost impossible for car to touch dolly's fenders (I personally tested, verified this on mine years ago). Its light weight means you can tow a pretty heavy vehicle and still stay under the 5k (total) limit many Motorhome hitch receivers have. Oh, and comes with hydraulic activated disk brakes, and LED lighting.

No, I have zero affiliation with the company that makes it. I'm just one that used to own one, and knowing what I know now and what I researched back then.....I know I made the right choice then, and would make the same choice again if I ever decide to go back to dolly towing.


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I 2 will never use one again but the demco folds saving a lot space even the tong many camping areas don't have the room for one but this one would do.


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