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Old 03-05-2020, 02:47 PM   #1
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Can I get some pros and cons on dolly towing, also will the dolly backup like a normal trailer, thank you
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Old 03-05-2020, 03:06 PM   #2
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Can I get some pros and cons on dolly towing, also will the dolly backup like a normal trailer, thank you
Dolly is cheaper especially if towing multiple vehicles. 4 down is easier to hook and unhook, especially in the rain and mud. With a dolly there two pivot points (the ball and the pan), so backing is tricky but possible for short distances (50 ft or less).
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Old 03-05-2020, 03:30 PM   #3
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Some dolly's don't have a pan and use the front steering of the car for pivoting (which means if you have a steering lock that you have to leave the ignition on--many modern push-button start cars don't have a steering lock).

In addition some dolly's use surge brakes which adds a step to backing up (you have to lock out the brake when going backwards otherwise the brakes will engage).

We've been using our Acme Eze-tow for 5 seasons now and four different cars without issue (it doesn't have a pan and does have surge brakes).
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Old 05-03-2020, 10:04 PM   #4
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I use a Tow Dolly with electric brakes and tow the wife's car, Ford Escape. She also uses it for work so the miles add up and we buy a new one every 3-4 years so a Tow dolly works for us. I also installed a brake light isolation diode system so I can use the tail lights on the toad. I haven't had any issues with either so far and it really doesn't take me long to hook it up or disconnect and go. I always get a pull thru at the camp sites so I don't have to disconnect before I park.
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Old 05-04-2020, 02:10 AM   #5
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Something else to consider. Do you have or want a vehicle you can tow and keep for a long time? Fixing a car to tow is no small expense.

How do you plan to travel? We normally unhook each night and drive around to explore and find a local restaurant. Flat towing is much more convenient for us, that easily unhook and hook the car back up again. Four down is ideal for us, and the way we travel, now.

You won't be able to back the dolly with a car attached, and you won't back up a four down towed car more than a few feet straight back.

This has been well discussed before on this forum, try searching for "tow dolly" and you will get a lot of experience and opinions.
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