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jblancharddds

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Posted: 02/18/21 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it possible/advisable to put a trailer jack on a tow dolly? I'm thinking when I park my class C for a quick overnight, it would be so easy to raise the dolly with the trailer jack, move the rv slightly forward, level the rv and then the next morning back up the rv, hook back up and go. This would be so much faster and easier than backing off the vehicle and having to strap down again the next morning.

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Posted: 02/18/21 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not really sure I understand the question. If you're not unloading the toad, why do you need to unhook from the motorhome? Can't you just level it with the tow dolly hooked up?


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fj12ryder wrote:

I'm not really sure I understand the question. If you're not unloading the toad, why do you need to unhook from the motorhome? Can't you just level it with the tow dolly hooked up?
I do !!!!, only time I unhook is if I have a back-in site.


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It would seem very feasible and easy, if that's what you wanted to do. Just go to the local trailer place or farm store and get a jack with the right heights and a universal rectangular U bolt side mount plate.

But do you need one? Tow dollies don't really have tongue weight. I've disconnected them with a vehicle on before. Although it could get stuck and need some assistance. Jack would be easier if you had to do it regularly.


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You should not disconnect the dolly from the towing vehicle with a towed vehicle loaded on the dolly. It can be dangerous. Here is a pretty complete instruction video on tow dollies. Disconnecting a loaded dolly is addressed at about 8:15 in the video.

https://youtu.be/i2VLlxx2MHo


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Set the brake on the toad. I don't see a problem. Just don't drive off in the morning with it set.


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Tal/IL wrote:

You should not disconnect the dolly from the towing vehicle with a towed vehicle loaded on the dolly. It can be dangerous.


Key word, "can". Just depends what the tongue weight is and how much you can lift.
To be fair, I only recall pulling the dolly off with toad on it, once. It was a Uhaul dolly with a Chevy pickup on it. POS Uhaul truck needed repairs en-route and it was quicker and easier to just drop the dolly w/ toad to take the truck over for the night for repairs.
I recall grabbing a piece of 4x4 lumber that I had for a wheel chock, pulling the dolly hitch up and my wife stuck the 4x4 under it to keep it propped up. Toad was parked in gear to not roll.

But a jack would work superbly.

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Im sure it can be added...…..but why are you disconnecting for an overnight? you can leave the dolly connected and it will pivot on the ball so it will not bind. im sure if the 2 were way off level from each other it could bind. but for 99% of the time I dint see it happening.


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Has anyone figured out the actual question, and why? OP, please come back.

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My class C has auto levelers and everything I see says don't try to level with the tow dolly connected. That's why I'm looking for an alternative to unstrapping, backing off then having to pull the toad back up onto the dolly and strap it back down again before departing the campground the next morning. It just seems like a trailer jack would work. I wanted to know if anyone else had done this.

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