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wjschill

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Posted: 11/19/20 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I plan to tow a Toyota Camry behind a class A MH. I will be towing with a two wheel dolly.
Does the dolly need surge breaks. The car weighs about 3300lbs.

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Posted: 11/19/20 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't care about the legality, I wouldn't tow without the brakes.
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Yes, a dolly needs brakes, so things don't break when you can't stop due to not having brakes.


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Plus the weight of the dolly, that's another 4-500 pounds.
Be safe and get a dolly with brakes.

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I want the safety factor of addional brakes. And I certainly don't want the potential liability of not having brakes.


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What is GVWR of MH? That is what the brake system on MH was designed to stop. Now what is the GCVW of MH+car+dolly?

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Your A’s brakes aren’t designed for an extra 4 to 5000 pounds.


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Thanks for the responses.

Our fifth wheel had electric brakes, and we have a large boat trailer with surge brakes.

Any opinions out there for electric vs. surge on a car dolly?

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Posted: 11/19/20 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd recommend the ACME tow dolly with surge disc-brakes.

The new Camrys have gotten so big, there'd barely be clearance to the fenders on a turntable dolly, and possibly even a steerable dolly. The ACME dolly is fixed and mostly relies on tire scrub for turns. You your car can't kiss the fenders, and the loading height is lower. Plus, it's half the weight of other dollies, so it's easy to wheel around or flip-up on end for storage.


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Don’t want to discourage anyone from getting brakes but I have used a dolly without brakes for as long as I can remember with zero problems. I have hauled everything from an Excursion to my current Smart car. A DP like I have can stop it if it’s set up correctly.

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