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Old 05-26-2015, 09:28 PM   #1
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Getting ready for a cross country trip and will be towing a Honda Odyssey on a Demco Kar Kaddy SS.

Any pointers for first timers using a tow dolly?
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:35 PM   #2
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Recheck everything after a few miles: Straps, safety chains, etc.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:46 PM   #3
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Getting ready for a cross country trip and will be towing a Honda Odyssey on a Demco Kar Kaddy SS.

Any pointers for first timers using a tow dolly?
I have used dollies for years and have been using a Master Tow with surge brakes for the last 2 years.

After loading the car on the dolly take the coach for a short drive making both left and right turns. After a couple of turns stop and check the tightness of your straps. I have a preplanned route for this purpose between my house and the main road taking me to the interstate. After doing that whenever you stop for a break check the straps. New straps will stretch for a short period of time.

Use the Tow/Haul mode on the coach's transmission. Tow/Haul will handle the downshifts when going downhill and thereby minimize the need for you to smoke the brakes on the coach.

Those are what I believe to be the best bits of advice for first time dolly users.

Now a bit of additional info, One thing I did was add an adapter (purchased at O'Reilly Auto Parts) to the 7 pin trailer light connection on my RV that allows me to connect 2 four pin trailer connectors. Doing that allows me to plug in the tow dolly lights as well as a set of magnetic lights I position on the trunk of the car. Even with that it is amazing how many people think they can squeeze their car between my towed car and the back of my coach.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:02 AM   #4
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Thanks! Will check and recheck.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:08 PM   #5
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I tow with a KarKaddy SS. Ditto on the previous posts and read the instructions each time so you don't forget anything.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:11 PM   #6
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Thoughts on the SS? I put it together a few days ago, seems very sturdy and easy to use.
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One additional thought, if the vehicle you are towing has low ground clearance, as does my Ford Fusion, you can use the Lego style leveling blocks at the ends of the dolly ramps to prevent bottoming out when trying to load the car. In my case if I don't extend the ramp the front cowling will hit the dolly before the tires begin going up the ramp.

Since I already carry the leveling blocks I decided to dual purpose them instead of buying the ramp extenders for the dolly. Less money spent and less weight carried.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:15 AM   #8
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One additional thought, if the vehicle you are towing has low ground clearance, as does my Ford Fusion, you can use the Lego style leveling blocks at the ends of the dolly ramps to prevent bottoming out when trying to load the car. In my case if I don't extend the ramp the front cowling will hit the dolly before the tires begin going up the ramp.

Since I already carry the leveling blocks I decided to dual purpose them instead of buying the ramp extenders for the dolly. Less money spent and less weight carried.
That's a great tip Dave!
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Thanks for all the feedback and tips. Been back and forth to Florida with the dolly towing a Honda Odyssey. Odyssey just fits, no room to spare. The Chateau (F550 Diesel) doesn't seem to know it's there.

Re: Kar Kaddy SS there were some issues. Plastic fasteners that hold the likes on the fender broke off. Those will be replaced with some stainless steel screws. Also, nothing that was used to flat tow with the old Jayco could cross over. New class five drop down hitch and other essentials were not up to the task as everything on the Thor is BIGGER!
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #10
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This is what happened after a piece of retired was run over



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Ouch! And I hope you meant "retread" and not "retired"--I'd hate to be the retiree that you ran over!
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Yeah, oops that would have been even more unfortunate!
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Getting ready for a cross country trip and will be towing a Honda Odyssey on a Demco Kar Kaddy SS.

Any pointers for first timers using a tow dolly?
I know this was an old post, but looking to do the same. We have a 2015 Honda Odyssey that is 79" wide from tire to tire. According to Demco Kar Kaddy SS, the max size is 76". Are you using the same model as my Odyssey, if so, what's your experience been? (Any model from 2011 to 2017 is the same dimensions.)

https://www.demco-products.com/rv-to.../kar-kaddy-ss/
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Getting ready for a cross country trip and will be towing a Honda Odyssey on a Demco Kar Kaddy SS.

Any pointers for first timers using a tow dolly?
Any feedback with pulling the Odyssey? What year of Odyssey? We have a 2015 and it appears too wide for the Demco Kar Kaddy SS. Demco states 76 inches max and the 2011-2017 is 79 inches wide. Were you able to pull your Odyssey with the Demco Kar Kaddy or did you find out it was too wide? Also, if you did pull, does the tow dolly hit the doors of the Odyssey? https://www.demco-products.com/rv-to.../kar-kaddy-ss/
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We will be towing a Chrysler Pacifica and ran into the same problem. I found Landgrebe manufacturing, they make a tow dolly that is 82 inches wide and can tow 6000 pounds. They also have something called caster steering. I guess that means there is less of a chance that the tow dolly fenders will scratch the side of the car. We ordered a week ago so I will see how it goes. Good luck and hope this helps.
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Thanks for letting me know of the other dolly I can consider. Please let me know your findings. Iím interested in the outcome and hope for the the best for you!
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Thanks for letting me know of the other dolly I can consider. Please let me know your findings. Iím interested in the outcome and hope for the the best for you!


Youíre welcome, hopefully we will have it next week. Iíll update as to how well it does or doesnít work..
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Youíre welcome, hopefully we will have it next week. Iíll update as to how well it does or doesnít work..
Would be interested in the tow dolly you ordered, as we are looking to tow a Ford Edge.
5320 lbs.
Any other manufacturer you know if with capacity over 5,000lbs?
Thought about getting something lighter, but 2 1/2 years it's payed for ! Hoping to use what we have.
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Would be interested in the tow dolly you ordered, as we are looking to tow a Ford Edge.
5320 lbs.
Any other manufacturer you know if with capacity over 5,000lbs?
Thought about getting something lighter, but 2 1/2 years it's payed for ! Hoping to use what we have.


That is the only one I could find. I was originally looking to get the Kar kaddy but when I started reading about it, the max width they recommend is 76 and my van is 79. I hope to get it soon, we are headed out on the 19th and id like to get some practice with it.
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That is the only one I could find. I was originally looking to get the Kar kaddy but when I started reading about it, the max width they recommend is 76 and my van is 79. I hope to get it soon, we are headed out on the 19th and id like to get some practice with it.
Wow still don't have it ?
I never dreamed the Edge"s GVW is 5230 lbs !
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