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#1 motorcyclist

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:42 AM

Looking to buy a dolly-any input on some popular brands would be appreciated ie. Roadmaster, master tow? 

 

Product quality-ease of use-and any problems you have encountered.


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#2 H2orobks

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:47 PM

For six years I've used a MasterTow with surge brakes.  It is a good solid dolly.  The surge brakes make for a very simple system that needs very little maintenance.  It takes us about two to three more minutes to get road ready than towing four down.   


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:47 AM

Thanks-here in NH/Ma there doesn't seem to be anyone with units in stock. Like to see before I buy-internet helps but not the same-reviews are the best. 


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:54 PM

Very happy with Acme EzeTow. http://cartowdolly.com
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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:31 PM

Demco's Kar Kaddy SS is a top-of-the-line car caddy made from galvanized steel, uses surge disk brakes and tracks behind your towing vehicle which reduces the turning radius.  Unfortunately, it's also one of the most expensive car dollies on the market.  One of its nicest features is that it folds into a much smaller space, so it doesn't take up a lot of garage or campsite space when it's not being used.  Unlike car dollies with electric brakes, Demco's Kar Kaddy SS does not require an electric brake controller and should work with virtually any front-wheel-drive car.


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#6 dogfan99

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:55 PM

We looked at most of the dollies a few years back and finally ordered the King of the hill a DEMCO Kar Kaddy SS.  The best price I could find was through PLP Motorhomes in Texas.  At the time we lived in Fresno, CA so they shipped it via truck to our then home.  

 

I was surprised as anybody when the huge crate came un-assembled.  Once unloaded the crate barely fit into my garage.  We put the whole thing together.  The instructions were great.  We had a few calls to DEMCO customer service, but we got it assembled and have had many tow's with it and no problems at all.

 

Yes it is the best and most expensive, but in my book you get what you pay for.  We are towing a Lexus SUV and it goes right on down the road.   :) 


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:17 AM

Recently, I was camped next to a man from Savannah, Ga. that was using this tow dolly for his car.  He was driving a 31' Coachmen Concord Class C towing a Honda Accord on the dolly.  I was very impressed with the dolly....the first of that brand I had ever seen.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 05:25 PM

We have a Master Tow 80HD.  We needed the width of 80 inches for one of our cars.  We tried some others but they were too narrow.  Something to think about.  See if your car fits so there is sufficient room between the car and the fender of the dolly or you will have some body damage on some sharp turns.  We are happy with our Master Tow.  However, I had to change the bias tires for radials as the bias were wearing very unevenly and I have had a brake job after only about 8,000 miles.  The pads are thin but this is common among dollys I am told.  We have surge brakes.

 

I have to say that I am impressed with the quality of our dolly.  It is very well made.

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:00 AM

Thanks for the input. I feel better now looking at the brands mentioned.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:59 PM

Akadeadeye what kind of car are you towing?

 

I would like to tow a Chevy Traverse but it has a 78" tread width and 20" tires


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:33 PM

Akadeadeye what kind of car are you towing?

 

I would like to tow a Chevy Traverse but it has a 78" tread width and 20" tires

We tow a Toyota Sienna (the widest and heaviest of the two), and a Buick Rivera.

 

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:12 AM

We started our RV'ing life style in 2011 towing a PT Cruiser on a car tow dolly before getting tired of messing with getting the vehicle on/off the dolly and storing it when we reached our destinations.

 

In 2012, we adapted the car to flat tow then traded the PT Cruiser this year for a Jeep Wrangler to simplify our vehicle towing experience even more. We had a Master Tow 80HD as mentioned above equipped with the surge brake option. The dolly seemed to be well made, towed well, and we were able to purchase it locally (Indy area) for less than $1,500.

 

I did notice a couple of times that the surge brake would activate when we hit a hard bump in the road which was a bit unnerving. Other that, the surge brake seemed to work OK.   


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