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Today’s tip is from the forum at FTRV.com
If you have a toad that is towable 4-down, either “as is,” or with an after-market add-on (such as a lube pump or a transmission disconnect), towing 4-down is much preferrable over towing with a dolly.
One of the disadvantages of towing with a dolly is what to do with the dolly when you’re at an RV park. It may not be a problem if you stay someplace for a long time, but if you move every few days, it could quickly become a PITA to take the car on and off the dolly and then to find a place to store the dolly if the site isn’t big enough for your RV, your toad, and the dolly.
Another thing to consider is what happens if you get yourself into a position where you have to unhook the toad in order to back up a long way (and sooner or later, you’ll get into this position). With a toad 4-down, it’s a simple matter of unhooking the toad, having one person drive the RV and one person drive the toad. However, with a tow dolly, you have to drop the dolly along side the road, leave it there and come back for it later. That could REALLY be a PITA!
It is true that many people have problems storing their tow dollies in SOME RV parks. Using a tow dolly is usually a much more inexpensive way of towing than outfitting a towed vehicle for four down towing. The problem mentioned by the other post is really not that big of a problem, even if you do get in a situation where you need to unhook and drive the towed vehicle, just have a trailer hitch on your towed vehicle and hook the tow dolly to it if that happens. Tow dollies are very easy to move around by hand and can be turned around easily.
The advantages of the tow dolly is that you do not need to outfit your towed vehicle with any special equipment to tow it, you can trade in your towed vehicle without having all that expense a second time, and the front end of your towed vehicle as well as the windshield are higher off the road and don’t catch quite as much road debris coming off the MH tires.
Pretty much a matter of how much money you want to spend to outfit your towed vehicle and how long you plan to keep it. I used tow dollies for many years and never had a problem. I don’t see any more work to hooking up a tow dolly than a vehicle being towed 4 down, and most being towed 4 down also need a braking system on them, and a good quality tow dolly comes with brakes that just need to be plugged in. As I watch some trying to hook up their braking systems, I sometimes have to wonder WHY would they go to all that trouble every time they hook up.
What do you think? add your comments.