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Posted: 07/17/21 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those of you that use a tow dolly, which brake system do you prefer and why. I'm referring to electric vs. surge.

I'm about to to pull the trigger on a class A, and will be needing a dolly.

Thanks for your replies.

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Had a dolly with surge brakes and it was great. No special hookups and they were there when needed most. Just hook up dolly and go. Had a couple emergency braking situations and the surge brakes helped get me stopped.


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Posted: 07/17/21 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Surge brakes!
Can be used with any rig without special equipment like brake control.


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Posted: 07/17/21 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Class A camping style usually makes surge brakes the better choice.


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Thing about some surge brake setups. You can't back up to well. some come with a pin to install to keep the brakes from coming on when backing. Other wise the tongue can compress and activate the surge brakes.


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Terryallan wrote:

Thing about some surge brake setups. You can't back up to well. some come with a pin to install to keep the brakes from coming on when backing. Other wise the tongue can compress and activate the surge brakes.


You can't really back up with a dolly without brakes either so it's kind of a moot point.


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I would suggest if you decide on a dolly of any type, install a small hitch on your toad so you can move he dolly around.

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In over 50 years and 4 dollies I have never had one with any kind of brakes. Never had a problem but all my DPs were big enough to stop the toad. You have an entry level gasser that don't weigh much you will probably need the brakes but I also don't like surge brakes.

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Posted: 07/18/21 04:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here.

Thanks for all the input. I'm leaning toward the surge brakes, as they have served me well on my boat trailers.

My only concern now is that I'm rapidly approaching 70, and I don't bend as well as I did a few years back. And, we have a fairly new Toyota, and I really don't need the extra cost of trading vehicles for a four wheel down dingy plus braking system.

Thanks again...You guys are great!

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I wish I was 70!
Think about hitch for Toyota. Saves some hassles on moving dolly!

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