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I'm thinking 2 wheel dolly is the way to go. But as a newb who doesn't even have an RV yet, thought I'd check and see if I needed a slap upside the head.

Thinking of towing a Honda CRV behind a class C. CRV is wife's everyday driver, and will likely be replaced within a couple of years. I hate to spend a lot of money getting the car ready to flat tow, and then possibly having to do it over again in a couple of years. With setting up a car to flat tow already costing so much more, I figure buying a two wheel dolly would be a better way to go. Cheaper, and it should work with the next car.

But of course, y'all have "been there, done that" and I haven't. So am I missing anything?

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Whether or not to use a dolly is sort of like who likes a Ford vs a Chevy or a Dodge.

For myself, I don't use one.
= It's one more set of tires, electrical and bearings to maintain
= It's one more thing to hook-up in the rain
= Since you plan on a Class C, finding room at your spot to put it
= If you can do some of the work to put a tow bar and the electrical connections on the toad yourself, you can do this car and the next one for the price of dolly

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I spent six years full time towing.

I started with a tow dolly. It served it's purpose but could be a pain to deal with.

I switched to a four wheel down solution with a very basic A frame tow bar. Better but could be a pain to get it aligned just right to hook up.

Finally, a Blue Ox telescoping tow bar. By far the most painless method of towing for me!!

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Trackrig wrote:



= If you can do some of the work to put a tow bar and the electrical connections on the toad yourself, you can do this car and the next one for the price of dolly

Bill


Had no idea how it's done, so I googled it. Very viable 3rd option. Thanks for the nudge to DIY.

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I started with a tow dolly. It served it's purpose but could be a pain to deal with.



Besides kneeling in the dirt or mud, what made it a pain?

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Sort of personal preference but my son and I prefer flat towing and he's tried both. Some campgrounds don't have a convenient place for a dolly. Not that easy to load and unload and secure the vehicle. Added weight. He flat tows a Honda CRV (not allowed with the newer ones with auto trans) and I tow a Ford Focus auto. trans. The auto transmissions which allow flat towing is shrinking so that's a point for dolly. There's nothing fun about towing with any method.


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I have never towed with a dolly, but I have certainly watched others hook up and unhook. Flat towing four down wins every time.


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Two Hands wrote:

I have never towed with a dolly, but I have certainly watched others hook up and unhook. Flat towing four down wins every time.



Why is that?

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If you switch vehicles, can’t tow front wheels down, don’t get off the beaten path or tow infrequently the nod goes to a dolly.
For regular use, 4 down is much simpler.
Not much more to it than that.


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And flat tow is cheaper by a good bit compared to a dolly apples to apples if you’re buying new.

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