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I'm looking at picking up a low priced car to tow behind my RV but am not sure which way I should go. Should I get a hitch to hook up to my toad or get a tow dolly to drive on? I like the idea of a dolly for the reason of being able to drive a different vehicle on it if the need arises. Only downfall I can see with a tow dolly is haveing to move it around once at campground or location?? Any thoughts would be great.. Thanks.


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We have done both and I can say that if I can't tow it 4 down I ain't going. The dolly was a pain to find a spot for when at home and in the CG. My daughter & I could load the car on the dolly in 15 minutes. When my daughter went out on her own and it was my DW & I it took us a lot longer and we sometimes would not speak for a while. Remember the dolly adds another 5-700 # to you towing weight. You need brakes on a dolly also.


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Personal preference. I think a poll would show that 4 down is slightly preferred. It seems that many have switched from a dolly to 4 down (ourselves included) but not as many reported to have switched from 4 down to a dolly.

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The third option of course is a small car on a trailer. This allows you to back up as well...something you will not be able to do with a dolly or four down. The downside is another registration and license. Storage is usually no more of a problem than a dolly as a half of it slides under the motorhome for storage.

Heres a smart car on a trailer (which is really small) but you get the idea)




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Mr. Coach wrote:

I'm looking at picking up a low priced car to tow behind my RV but am not sure which way I should go. Should I get a hitch to hook up to my toad or get a tow dolly to drive on? I like the idea of a dolly for the reason of being able to drive a different vehicle on it if the need arises. Only downfall I can see with a tow dolly is haveing to move it around once at campground or location?? Any thoughts would be great.. Thanks.


in addition to what you've already deduced a dolly (or trailer) adds unnecessary weight. if your toad *can* be flat towed then i think you're gonna find that method to be much faster and easier.


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We used a dolly once and hated it. The 4 down experience, however, is influenced by the tow bar you use. We started with one of those old ones that stays on the car; it was a pain. Then we moved up to a Roadmaster Falcon II which was much better. It would bind up sometimes though if you parked a little cockeyed or on an incline. Now we are using the Roadmaster All Terrain and this baby is sweet. No more binding and the integrated safety cables and electric is nifty. It takes me just a couple of minutes to hook up. Pricey tow bar but worth it!

Any standard shift Subaru is a good toad. Just put it in neutral and turn the key to accessory and off you go!
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If you want an older vehicle that is great 4 down towing, inexpensive to install brackets, inexpensive to purchase, very versitile on road or off, seats 4 easy, enought cargo room for 4 sets of golf clubs, and extremely reliable. Think Jeep GC '94 to 2000.


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bsinmich wrote:

We have done both and I can say that if I can't tow it 4 down I ain't going. The dolly was a pain to find a spot for when at home and in the CG. My daughter & I could load the car on the dolly in 15 minutes. When my daughter went out on her own and it was my DW & I it took us a lot longer and we sometimes would not speak for a while. Remember the dolly adds another 5-700 # to you towing weight. You need brakes on a dolly also.


I think this post said it all. 4 Down is the way to go.

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On the contrary we Aud & I being 65 yrs young feel we can get around quite well so a dolly money wise was for us-We pull a 2007 Ford Focus automatic or a 2000 Ford Ranger 5sp which holds both our ATV's or our 1999 Ford Ranger 4x4 which needs the driveshaft dropped (pain in the but)-In our situation the Demco Dolly with surge brakes fit our needs-Takes us 5-10 minutes to load or unload and being retired we are not in a hurry anyway-dolly stays on our campsite with third wheel we roll it out of the way no lifting required--You'll find out everone has a different opinion so if you got lots a money to put a base plate on each car and can't get around good by all means go 4 down --Either way if you decide to go the other way there is some return maybe .50 on a dollar but thats better than nothing--If you want a used Demco search the craigslist and maybe drive some the prices are cheap if they decide to go 4 down--Rich
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A dolly for the most part is more trouble to use, but it can also be more versatile. The usage of a dolly will allow you to change which vehicle you use as a toad without additional costs, no such luck with towing 4 down. I tow 4 down and I also use a dolly, it all depends on what vehicle we want to use and our destination.


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