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Posted: 11/20/22 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ferndaleflyer wrote:

Buy a dolly and tow any front wheel drive only vehicle. We have towed our 2018 CRV, Toyota Camry, and 2014 Smart car. Mostly the Smart. Easy to use and is so much more versatile.


I recently used a rented dolly from Uhaul for a trip around Colorado for 2 weeks and will never use a dolly again. The contraption had to be repaired twice and then at the last stop, the wife overshot the well and it took 3 hours to get the car off the dolly.


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Kober wrote:

ferndaleflyer wrote:

Buy a dolly and tow any front wheel drive only vehicle. We have towed our 2018 CRV, Toyota Camry, and 2014 Smart car. Mostly the Smart. Easy to use and is so much more versatile.


I recently used a rented dolly from Uhaul for a trip around Colorado for 2 weeks and will never use a dolly again. The contraption had to be repaired twice and then at the last stop, the wife overshot the well and it took 3 hours to get the car off the dolly.


I fully agree with ferndaleflyer. I've always used a dolly, but U-Haul dolly's are heavy and clunky, and most of them are very, very old. Buy a decent dolly. Then, you're not limited as to what you can bring along, as long as it's a FWD vehicle.

Since I was in the automobile business, it was great, because on some trips I'd want to take along a minivan, some I'd want to take a convertible, and some I'd want to take the most fuel-efficient car I could.

Since your toad is going to sit idle most of the time, unless you're made of money, buy something reasonably priced, buy a decent dolly, and go for it.


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Did car dolly for 5 years before going to flat tow. Something else to store. Did it work. Yes. But if you are going to use a dedicated vehicle. I believe flat towing is better. I used a Demco Kar Kaddy 3.


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Posted: 11/21/22 08:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the first 5 years we owned our motorhome, we did a combination of renting at our destination, uber, and u-haul dollies. All worked and had their uses. The u-haul route worked well for us on longer trips to a single destination, cause we'd do two one way trips dropping off and picking up the dolly close to our destination so we didn't have to store it at camp.

Ultimately this year we set up our Ford Fusion Energi to flat tow. It's fine, but something we already own and use as a daily driver. If I were to pick something specifically for flat towing, it would sit higher off the ground, and be a simpler/lighter vehicle. CRV or Wrangler probably.

It cost me around $1500 to set up our car to flat tow (and that was buying most stuff used). That's a lot of renting/ubering. But it's also SO convenient having the car with us and being able to hook up/disconnect in a few minutes.

* This post was edited 11/21/22 09:07am by camperdave *


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Dollies also require a registration/state inspection plus maintenance, tires, brakes, bearings and electrical. You also have to think about where you will carry a spare tire for it.
A dedicated tire rack , either on the dolly or a hitch rack carrier on the rv or toad’s hitch , inside the toad or inside an rv storage compartment. Its a personal choice , dollies have their place as does flat towing.

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I tow a 2018 Ford Fiesta with a manual transmission. It doesn't get any easier. The only "prep" it needs for towing is to put it in neutral and release the parking brake, and it's so light that I don't even notice it. Only problem is that when you get to where you're going, you have to drive a Ford Fiesta, lol. But I already had it, and I wasn't about to spend the money for a Jeep to tow around.

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If you're not going to use it as a daily driver and it's for one trip in the spring, I would just rent a car at your destination(s).


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way2roll wrote:

If you're not going to use it as a daily driver and it's for one trip in the spring, I would just rent a car at your destination(s).


X 2 If it was going to be used otherwise a Jeep is a fun vehicle as you can explore different areas.

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way2roll wrote:

If you're not going to use it as a daily driver and it's for one trip in the spring, I would just rent a car at your destination(s).


I agree! "Lot Rot" is a real thing. Ages ago, with our first Class C, we would rent a car for visiting a National Park, for example.

But then we camped in Moab, where they had a Wrangler for rent for exploring - and we got hooked on "going topless".

Now we have a new Class C and Ed just found a used JLU Wrangler: it will be our toad, but also will be my daily driver simply because they are fun :-)

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Kober wrote:

ferndaleflyer wrote:

Buy a dolly and tow any front wheel drive only vehicle. We have towed our 2018 CRV, Toyota Camry, and 2014 Smart car. Mostly the Smart. Easy to use and is so much more versatile.


I recently used a rented dolly from Uhaul for a trip around Colorado for 2 weeks and will never use a dolly again. The contraption had to be repaired twice and then at the last stop, the wife overshot the well and it took 3 hours to get the car off the dolly.


Lol
Uhaul historically has absolute junk equipment. Not sure how that influences buying a dolly other than to reinforce the decision vs renting from U haul.
Although if loading the car is a challenge then, idk…

* This post was edited 11/26/22 10:13am by Grit dog *


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