So Far... So Good - our tow dolly experience
About a year ago we sold our 26' travel trailer and the F-150 that towed it. We bought a Chateau 25v. It has the usual hitch and trailer hookup that I guess they all come with. We found a low-mileage KIA Soul that we thought might make a good Toad. Then we found a lightly used Master Tow dolly and bought it. The dolly had made one trip: from New Hampshire to Central Florida. It has the surge brake option. We found the correct height ball-mount and ball combo, and we bought the magnetic tow lights that plug into the flat connecter on the Chateau. We bought a grease gun and greased the wheel bearings on the dolly. Then hooked everything up and drove from Ocala to Savannah to stay ahead of hurricane Ian. Everything worked as expected. No surprises. Getting the car on and off the dolly is a simple task, even in the rain. We did learn to drive the RV and the hooked-up car/dolly combo around the block a couple of times to make sure the straps are tightened properly (they never are at first!) We usually stop for a break every 100 miles or every 90 minutes, and during those stops we made sure everything was staying secure. The penalty for towing is about a half-mile per gallon, at our normal cruising speed of 60 mph. Of all the things that have gone wrong with our new Class C, the addition of the dolly and the toad was not one of them. We bought two cans of touch-up paint from Master Tow, and we keep the dolly looking good, removing and covering any rust spots as they appear. So far we’ve completed three trips towing the car, and doing so has provided us with a great deal more freedom than we have had when traveling without a second vehicle. We would encourage anyone to consider the dolly option to enhance the RV experience.