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Old 07-16-2018, 04:55 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly?

Complete newbe here.

Looking forward to a couple of years when wife retires to hit the road.
Right now it looks like our best choice will be a Class C. Probably on a Ford 350 or 450 platform. Would love the Mercedes platform but I think we will need more room than what is typically found with the MB. PLUS we love the mountains and to have a engine brake and the ability to tow a car behind us.

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Instead of going through all the work and expense of making our 2007 Toyota Highlander Base 4cyl 3,750 lbs. a toad or having to buy a dedicated toad I am thinking a dolly behind the Class C for a Highlander looks like a much more economical, easier solution.

Also after looking at Dollys the better ones have lights on them, do you still have to use a light bar on the rear of the Dollied vehicle?
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Old 07-16-2018, 05:02 PM   #2
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Although it may be more visible and safer in the long run we did not need to use a light bar with our tow dolly which was equipped with its own lights.
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I have run a dolly but never liked them and are also hard on tires. I'm sure you will experience the same. In the long run you are better to invest in the straight pull. or a trailer to put a vehicle on. But that is also time consuming with loading.
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Complete newbe here.



Looking forward to a couple of years when wife retires to hit the road.

Right now it looks like our best choice will be a Class C. Probably on a Ford 350 or 450 platform. Would love the Mercedes platform but I think we will need more room than what is typically found with the MB. PLUS we love the mountains and to have a engine brake and the ability to tow a car behind us.



Question (finally)



Instead of going through all the work and expense of making our 2007 Toyota Highlander Base 4cyl 3,750 lbs. a toad or having to buy a dedicated toad I am thinking a dolly behind the Class C for a Highlander looks like a much more economical, easier solution.



Also after looking at Dollys the better ones have lights on them, do you still have to use a light bar on the rear of the Dollied vehicle?

Thanks in advance!

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I would say that legally and for safety, yes, but check with State laws and you will find out first hand.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:30 PM   #5
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You are not required to put lights on the back of the car in many states but I put them on the back just to make the car more visible. Also you need to be sure that the car doesn’t require flat towing or a car trailer. For instance my Jeep is flat towable but is not dolly towable. Somewhere on here there there is a link to the dolly and flat towable cars.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:42 PM   #6
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Not sure if yours is different than mine (2012), but my Highlander cannot be towed and must be on a trailer.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:50 PM   #7
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We flat tow a Chevy Equinox behind our Class C. I did a ton of research prior to making a decision on which way to go...flat tow, dolly or trailer. I think your decision hinges on how you are going to spend your time on the road. As an example, we drive to a campground, unhook the Equinox, and use it for our daily transportation. Then when we're ready to depart, we connect the umbilical, the arms, and the brake in the car, and off we go.

Except for the time going from Point A to Point B, we normally spend less than a week at a CG, so if you dolly or trailer your car, what do you do with that extra equipment while at the CG? If your site is on the smaller size, does the CG have room to store the dolly or trailer for you? Do they charge for that service?

One post I read on this site several weeks ago about the same issue mentioned that when putting your toad back on the dolly, that you must lie on the ground to strap the wheels to the dolly. What if it was raining and the ground is wet and muddy? I have never used a dolly, so I can't verify the process used to secure a car to a dolly, so that's something you'll need to figure out.

I have a car trailer that I use to haul an antique vehicle to car shows. I know the process necessary to get the car into the trailer and strap it down, but again, what do you do with the trailer at a CG? If you are staying for a long period of time it may be different, but for short-term stays you have an additional piece of equipment to deal with.

Again, I may be a little biased toward the flat towing, but I'm sure those who use dollies and trailers can chime in and tout all the reasons for going their way. We had two cars when we bought our Class C, neither of which could be flat towed, so we ended up selling one and purchasing the Equinox specifically for flat towing. An extra cost...yes, but we're happy with the decision we made.
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:37 PM   #8
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Our Jayco Class C Melbourne Mercedes Sprinter is perfect for the two of us. We also tow a Jeep Wrangler two-door, and the RV pulls it easily. Towing cuts about 1.5 mpg.
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I used a small trailer to haul our motorcycles behind...but what a pain to unhook and then find a place to park it in our camp spot where it wasn't in the way. Many RV parks won't let you park a trailer at a camp spot but have areas designated for that.

Not sure about tow dollies but after dealing with that trailer I would never own one because of all the hassles.

I don't see many tow dollies being used anymore. That speaks for itself.
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Not sure if yours is different than mine (2012), but my Highlander cannot be towed and must be on a trailer.
Hi, is your Highlander all wheel drive? Ours is front drive only.
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