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Old 10-16-2021, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default 2 wheel tow dollies

Does anyone have any insight as to whether to use dolly with or without brakes and whether to get surge or electric brakes? Would be towing 2012 Nissan Altima or 2011 Mazda CX-9 (both front wheel drive) I have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 but I do not think we can tow on 2 wheels without disconnecting driveshaft. 2007 Tourmaster T40B more than capable of towing whatever we put behind it. Newbie to towing.
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Old 10-16-2021, 04:10 PM   #2
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Most state require brakes on any towed item weighing more than 1500 to 3000 lbs. Here is a link to some regs... https://www.readybrake.com/state-towing-laws.html


Your Jeep can be towed 4 wheels down (flat towing) if it has a neutral in the transfer case. The front wheel drive cars you listed are reasonable candidates for the tow dolly.


I had a 2007 Tour Master T40C and our 2005 Acura MDX SUV was rated for flat towing but later years of that model did not similarly recommend it. The MDX had tow instructions in the owner manual, and it even was automatically set up to not add miles to the odometer when being towed. You are correct in saying the Tour Master does not get stressed when towing a normal vehicle and is rated to up to 10,000 lbs. Proportional brakes are the best setup for the toad...we used air brakes so it was completely seamless to the RV braking.


I was never wild about tow dollies since you have to store them "someplace" each time you set up in a park. Surge brakes are a pain when backing, so electric is the better choice -- plus you have the option of applying the toad's brakes separately from the main RV brakes if needed. Usually this is a benefit to help squelch sway, but that is much more likely towing a trailer than a vehicle...



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Old 10-24-2021, 01:21 PM   #3
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Flat towing is the way to go!
We use the Road-master towing system.
With an older brake buddy braking system in our toad vehicle.
We love it..
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:35 PM   #4
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We have used a Tow Master dolly with electric brakes for over 25 years. We have gone thru 4 different toad cars, so saved a lot of money on baseplates over the years. None of our front wheel drive cars would have been possible to tow four wheels down.

The electric brakes allow manual activation from the controller in the cab of our Class C. We rented a U-Haul dolly with surge brakes before buying our own model, and the surge brakes seemed to come on full and jerk the motorhome to a stop. With the electric control, you can ease into it, or lock them for a panic stop.

[QUOTE=Shadowsteeler;35302]Does anyone have any insight as to whether to use dolly with or without brakes and whether to get surge or electric brakes?
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:59 PM   #5
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Tow dolly is the best way to go as the 4 wheels down is more money all the way around. You would only be limited by front wheel drive. Storage is the only drawback
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:00 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, electric brake as above.
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:00 PM   #7
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I tow with a Dolly behind my bt cruiser 5270 and got one with surge brakes as i was told that towing in the mountains that would be a good choice. I will echo what everyone else is saying go with the electric brake option. During this past summer Driving in heavy traffic where speed was up and down a lot the surge brakes were way to active ended up over heating and had to pull to the side of the road to let them cool down (they were smoking) Electeric is more reliable over a wider range of driving conditions.
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:46 PM   #8
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And there’s your answer…
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Old 11-07-2021, 11:11 AM   #9
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I have a Mastertow 2 wheel dolly. Bought new in 06, I'll echo others, they are a PITA to store.
My Friendship is a 4 bag Freightliner with the Caterpillar 330 HP. I went with Surge brakes for simplicity. Just right power and gearing wise, I routinely see 9+ MPG. I would not take a more powerful engine for free. I'm not the slowest pulling grades, and enjoy excellent efficiency.

No real issues over about ten years, lots of mountain grades running up and down the West coast.

My TOAD was fairly heavy to boot, 2010 Prius.

Backing up? Uhh no, maybe a few feet in a straight line, very slowly and carefully.
That is the "other thing" the reverse button is verbotten with a TOAD.

Most efficient storage? Remove car (important) drop the tongue on the ground and back up till the rear bumper nearly touches the fenders of the dolly.
Do slice up some wood to use for ramps getting on and off the dolly. they can be stored in the TOAD when on the dolly. The angle getting off and on can clip the bottom of the front bumper.
I'm putting my Friendship up for sale, I'll include the dolly in the deal.
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