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Old 12-09-2007, 07:14 PM   #15
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I first used a tow dolly to tow our 2005 VW Passat behind the '94LY Diesel pusher. I learned to dislike this for the following reasons:

1 - The rear of the car was lowered since the front is raised. Going over a speed bump at 2mph in a campground, the rear fenders touched the ground and caused the bumper to pull away. Cost to repair: almost $1,000.

2 - You cannot appreciate how wonderful it is to either get the car on or off the tow dolly in wet weather, especially since I had to pull out the ramps by getting down on my knees.

3 - Going into a rest area and finding out that the turning circle to get out is too tight - you can't back up with a tow dolly, and if you think removing the car is a hassle normally, wait until you try it when the whole rig is on a curve.

So I researched towing 4-down. I was also considering the option of using a car trailer, but that didn't address the issues of detching or removing the car in tight quarters. So the the 4-down option seemed best. However, I didn't like the idea of having the car brakes controlled electronically, as I knew from my trailer-towing days that adjusting electric brakes to match your load can be a hassle, and I didn't want the little Mazda 323 have it's brakes come on and lock while being hauled down the road behind almost 20,000 lbs of diesel pusher. So I opted for a set of tow bars with a surge brake system built into it. The ones I use are made by Night Shift Auto and are called Ready-Brake - here's their URL: RV Tow Bars and RV Surge Braking Systems for Car Towing - Night Shift Auto


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Old 12-10-2007, 10:20 PM   #16
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I am also preparing my 30ft LY for towing, and I have opted to go with a Honda CR-V to tow 4 down using a Roadmaster tow bar and an Even Brake unit. I am just now purchasing the parts and having them installed, but havent completed the process.
One thing I must do is reinforce the LY hitch. How did they reinforce yours? Did you replace the receiver or just have its attachment to the LY frame reinforced?
I will keep you appraised of my progress, and I will anxiously watch your progress also.


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Old 12-11-2007, 03:52 AM   #17
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[quote=cooperhawk]I doubt you will find a tow dolly with brakes that cheap. I can load the car and be on my way in fifteen minutes.

You are correct, a dolly with brakes will cost more that $750 NEW, but most of us are USED RV buyers and can shop for good used dolly too.
When towing 4 wheels down with a real light car, all we need to do is put the
hitch on the ball and plug in the lights, 45 seconds. The advantage comes when we're tooling down the road and see something we want to stop for.
We get out, unplug the lights, take the hitch off the ball and use the saftey
chain to hold it up, and we're driving the Toad, 30 seconds.
When we use other methods, like a dolly, a trailer or heavier car with brakes, it's a bigger job. Consequently we don't stop as often! But with the light rig and no brake mechanism to unhook, we stop for garage sales, flea markets,
antique shops, used car lots, animals, tourist attractions and cute towns.
We are back road RV'ers, so finding a church or shopping center parking lot to unhook, makes seeing the side streets and real Americana much easier.
I know it's not for everybody, but if it gets to complicated, it can take the fun out of the adventure.
That's my 4 cents worth.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:58 PM   #18
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We opted for the car hauler to take our Toyota minivan with us. It's not as easy to load, but I have it down to about ten minutes. I just drop the ramps, drive it on then tie it down to the built in hooks on the van. Two straps in back and two military cargo hooks in front which oppose each other. Ive taken it around the country and the van doesn't budge. Combined weight is just under 4000 lbs. I use a Tekonsha brake controller and breakaway box and it all works great. I have had to back it up a few times and only crunched the RV once (back up camera was on the fritz and I forgot the "turn the wheel the opposite of where you want the trailer to go". Oops! I'm happy with the system I'm using. Besides, you can't tow a Toyota minivan all four down. They recommend against it.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year!

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Old 01-01-2008, 09:57 AM   #19
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Taxman. I also have a 33 ft LY 1993. I took it to a shop that specialized in making hitches. They told me the stock hitch could easily tow 5000lb,and didn"t know why it only had a rating of 2000lb. I contacted AS factory they told me that was the pound rating from GM on their P30 chassis, it's frame is only rated to tow 2000 lb. and that is why the hitch is rated at 2000 lb.

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