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KenR

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I do not own nor have I ever towed with a Dolly and was wondering how hard it is for a 74 year old man to manually move the empty tow dolly to it's campground resting place when unhooked from the Motor Home. I am concerned about the dolly being on grass (no pavement) or having to move it uphill. Is it easy for one person to roll. When stored outside between uses do you cover the dolly with a tarp or what.
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I can move ours by myself, but it's pretty good grunt. I keep it under the back end of the MH in the campsite. Many CG's won't let you keep it on the grass.


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My dolly moves fairly easy. I have a trailer hitch on back of car to move dolly when I cannot move it myself.


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I find moving the dolly around on uneven or soft surfaces to be a pain, literally. My neck and shoulder always hurt for a couple of days afterwards. To try to help with that, I just ordered but haven't yet received this trailer dolly. I hope it helps!

Our next toad will be 4-down towable.

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U-haul rents them. You could go ask if you could push one around their lot for free and see. I generally find it pretty easy, but you are right to expect some exertion on grades. I have not found grass difficult, but gravel can be a bit hard to navigate. We only use ours for moving the car between our winter and summer locations.

Oh yes, one other thing to expect - you need to get on the ground under the car to connect/disconnect the safety chains.


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Posted: 02/24/12 04:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What if you pull in somewhere and can't turn around? I've had to unhook, move toad, move dollie, move motorhome, use toad to move dollie to motorhome, reload toad. A real pain... only 4down for me.


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Check out this thread, he was asking how to add a wheel to move the dolly.

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Wow, so fast, with good responds. Sounds like at the moment, wife will drive car on short trips and rent for longer one. I do not want to trade cars (2010 Civic Auto). Renting may be cheaper than trading since so many negatives on Dolly. Thanks again.

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my dolly weighs in at approx. 400 lbs and i have the fold up 3rd wheel on the front which makes a world of difference but even so, on grass or soft dirt it can be a workout. try asking for some help if you cant manage it

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KenR wrote:

Wow, so fast, with good responds. Sounds like at the moment, wife will drive car on short trips and rent for longer one. I do not want to trade cars (2010 Civic Auto). Renting may be cheaper than trading since so many negatives on Dolly. Thanks again.


According to Remco Towing, your Civic is 4-down towable. Why not fix it up for a toad?

Hope this helps

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