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Old 11-02-2009, 07:43 PM   #15
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I have an 87 345. I have been using a tow dolly. I want to tow flat now. What did you do to your chassis? Do you have to beef up the chassis for a tow dolly?

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:57 PM   #16
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There are several posts regarding beefing up the hitch, some include pictures. They are strong enough to pull enclosed car trailers. I went to a class 5 hitch that bolts to the frame in several places approximately 1.5 to 2 ft. apart on each side.

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Old 11-03-2009, 04:02 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by GlenCoombe View Post
Klattu, nice caddy sir. But aren't you concerned about road debris when using a dolly? I sure wouldn't want to put my 87 Allante on a dolly for that reason.

Do you have a rock guard on either the dolly or the motorhome?
Road debris is one problem I haven't had with the dolly. All the damage done to my cars has been directly or indirectly related to the design of the dolly. However, I finally have all the quirks figured out and haven't damaged a car in years.

Although, one time after getting home from a trip, I found a piece of tire in the tray of the dolly. I was pretty scared and started looking for where it came from. In the end I concluded that it wasn't from my rig and just happened to be kicked up and landed in the tray. Evidence in favor of that conclusion was that (a) there were no chunks out of any of the 10 tires out there, and (b) it didn't match any of my tires anyway. (I was already on edge because, less than an hour before that, a Cadillac passing us in the left lane lost a lug nut that hit my camper's hood and the trim around the windshield...)

However, if I had the space to store it, I'd go full trailer. All four wheels off the ground, and I can back up. What's not to love?
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:43 PM   #18
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Which ever way you choose to tow the primary consideration in "pulling" a load is to get the mass moving in one horizontal direction. That means a hitch that is on the appropriate level with the vehicle to be towed.

A hitch to low/high changes tongue weight. Get the geometry right first and then build it as tough as you can.

It has been proven that AS moho's can tow much more than their original tow design with the right hitch.

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