What is Better Flat Tow or Dolly – Full Time RV Living



What is Better Flat tow or Dolly – Full Time RV Living: Flat tow vs Dolly tow. Which do you choose? We will tell you why flat tow is better for us that dolly towing as we finally get rid of the dreaded dolly! RV dolly towing has not worked out for us so it was time for a change. Although some people swear by the dolly for towing a car while RVing we are out! Of course that means we had to say good-bye to the Acura. Guess what vehicle we ended up with!

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50 thoughts on “What is Better Flat Tow or Dolly – Full Time RV Living

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Well after using a tow dolly for a couple of years, we also decided to switch over to flat tow. We have a 2021 2 door Rubicon on order that should arrive soon. We already have the Roadmaster tow bar, so we're having the dealer add the taillight cable kit, the Roadmaster base plates, RVi braking system and the AMP Research swing down steps. So we too will have a tow dolly for sale soon.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    As a 22-year veteran of the USMC and USAF, I enjoyed the Navy reference and the inter-service back n forth…thanks for the videos…Happy Trails!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Tow dollies have consistently done damage to my cars… IMHO flat towing is the way to go.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    How much did the whole set-up cost, including what ever makes the brakes on the Jeep work?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Great Video! Thanks for taking the extra time to explain how to setup the flat towing for the vehicles.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Do you have to stop to do anything after your driving for a 100 miles or so?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I know its been a couple of years, but have you sold the dolly?? We just got a new Class C from a trailer camper.. don't want to buy another car..

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Look at the LENS of the camera not "over there" at the viewfinder.

    Your audience is "IN" the camera.

    Look at the LENS of the camera!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    This might be a dumb question but, does the vehicle accumulate mileage when flat towing?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Disability Fraud? I see the disabled veteran plates on the vehicles. I see you two walking around with no limitations and no missing limbs. I hung out with two veterans in Alaska for a few days fishing. They moved around better than anyone there and had the disabled veteran status too. They told me they get everything free from fishing license, auto registration, no sale tax and then some. PTSD and Bipolar should not qualify for the disabled plates. Come on!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Thank You sir for your service.
    Phil….a good chiropractor will fix that bad back!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    $4 -$6 grand? Someone was trying to fornicate YOU!
    An excellent tow bar system is $1000.00 plus installation. Maybe $500.000

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Sounds and look about the same time with the dolly but with a bit more technical work especially with putting the vehicle in neutral then park and that’s a lot of stuff to remember I would suggest to make a safety check list if transitioning from Dolly to flat

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Just bought an older Motorhome and looking into towing my 2009Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and also looking into Flat towing so good Video, a lot to learn, Thank you for your service Safe travels

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    How do you know that after the 19 steps everything is alright before you actually start driving away? How do you know if one of the steps didn’t work?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I used a U-Haul truck to pull a 1976 Camaro on a dolly across the country. I don't remember having any problems with it.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    The quick and easy “19 steps” to put it in neutral….LOL….

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Jeeps are so unreliable after 100k miles

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Former RV technician here, you can pretty much flat tow anything some vehicles have to be modified more extensively than others

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    It seems like every time we go to put the car on the dolly it rain. Every time. Lol

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Wow! We have the exact same coach and same flat tow system. I made the same conclusions about how to flat tow last year when we purchased our rig and before I came across your channel. Using the Blue Ox tow system and Air Force One Braking System (get the one for air brakes if you have a diesel rig) is expensive ($$$), but super simple to attach/disengage (< 5minutes) and the best investment I ever made. We tow a Honda CR-V (must be 2014 or older due to variable transmissions on newer models). Viewers should read and study the Dinghy Towing Guides before buying a tow car. There are some used tow cars out there, but they are hard to find and they may not match your setup exactly- ultimately we chose to purchase and outfit our own. Good Sam puts out Dinghy Towing Guides going back at least 10 years, and it is easy to search which tow cars you are considering for purchase and verify they can be flat towed- prior to purchase. Keep the videos coming!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Angle of the hitch is wrong, you need one that will have the dolly parallel to the receiver. Hit a big bump risk your Dolly jumping off the ball.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Thanks for the info! Considering getting into RVing part time in the next few years, so all your information really helps!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Late to this party! We have recently purchased a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk,used, an have been advised by several sources that the Cherokee Wobble still can be found and that a Mopar electrical harness should be added to prevent. Issue was most evident in Wranglers but also in Cherokees. Have any of you experienced issues with your tow?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I'm going to assume you already sold you dolly! in the rare case you are not, please message me @mrs_boogie Also, love all your videos. Just started watching last week and about half way through! watching them all and jotting down notes for our full-timing starting tomorrow!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    What braking system did you add to the car? What plate system did you add to the car to be able to twist lock those brackets on the front?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Wondering how your Trailhawk is working out for you? I'm thinking about one but have seen others having transmission issues etc. Also, would your decision to full time change with grandkids? We've got five and thinking about taking a couple along on shorter trips – we had a blast with our kide RVing when they were younger with many fond memories. Thanks for your service and the well done videos! I'm ex-USAF so thanks for buying our braking system (grin).

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Should have named this "Parton with the Dolly" lol

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Thank you for the information on Divorcing the Dolly. I’m I the process of getting our Jeep Wrangler set up for flat towing behind our Allegro Open Road. Do you have any special driving tips when flat towing? Thanks again for all your videos. They are very informative and well done.
    Thanks,
    John

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I wanted to tow a 2016 Toyota Pickup 2WD
    Toyota said no no no
    Solution drive shaft disconnect device.
    Pull a cable and the car has no idea that it is being towed.

    4 years later and it is still just great.
    Added advantage is that if I’m concerned about someone taking my truck at night.
    I pull the cable. Good luck trying to steel that truck.
    I believe the drive shaft disconnect is from “Superior Drive lines”. Easy to install

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    This is our first time watching you guys – You do a nice video and we look forward to seeing more – I would like to voice an opinion that the tow dolly is a better option – I don't care for the flat tow option because of the added wear on the moving parts in the drive train – bearings, tires and who knows what is in play in the drive train and the expense to fix it when the expensive drive train parts eventually need service – Pulling a front wheel drive vehicle on a tow dolly is minimal wear on the freewheeling rear wheels of a front wheel drive vehicle – A Ford Edge in my case – May I point out that there were a number of things I do differently to prepare my toad for a trip on the tow dolly – I load it by myself – I can lean out the window and see my front left wheel as it comes up the ramp and against the stop making loading / positioning EASY – Not scary, not a pain, not any damage to my car, not ever – And my Ford Edge is as wide as you can get on a dolly – My Demco Kar Kaddy is a much better tow dolly as it steers with wheels that actually steer / turn making corners more natural – my Kar Kaddy has surge brakes making stopping less stressful on the RV – When I buy a new car I don't have a substantial expense of transferring all the hookup gear to the new car – Each has its advantages and disadvantages but I wanted to point out the advantages of my little tow dolly – A good dolly and a few tricks in the prep and I stand with your poor rejected "Fiscal Decision" – LOL – But I appreciate your presentation and some folks may well prefer the flat tow depending on personal strengths / preferences / toad vehicle – Thanks

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Nice Jeep, I had 2014 Cherokee loved it. Always wondered about flat towing if it was safe mechanical wise on 4×4's.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Thanks for all that information about the pros and cons of each towing solution. I've always leaned toward the tow bar and am glad your confirmed my thinking. Best wishes for more happy times on the road!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I am headed down the same path you took, Buying a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Can you share what it cost for the Blue OX hook up stuff.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Hello Phil I wanted to ask is there a skid plate to order with the jeep besides all the other items I see on your amazon list? I am purchasing the same jeep Trailhawk.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Keep a close eye on front tires. They will wear out quickly being pulled behind Motor Coach. As rear of Coach moves left and right it slides jeep tires sideways. Your set up is best for towing. Best forward.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Yay Jeep! I was so sad when I traded in my '97 Wrangler that I almost went back to rescue her. LOL! (289k miles and still ran great! Just too hard for me and my bad back to get in and out of anymore…) You two do the BEST "this is how it's done" videos. Thank you!

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Can you tell me about your bike rack on the RV. Most go in your Reese hitch but I also want to tow a vehicle. Please help.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    wish I would have seen this earlier I would have bought the dolly from ya, o well

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    I keep thinking about having a car dolly towed but then I remember… I hate towing anything full time. That's why I got my Class C. I tried a travel trailer behind my F250 and it was miserable to drive and park almost every single day. I'd go with a dolly though, far cheaper and you have way more cheap FWD car options.

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Is the brake system for stopping the Jeep if it becomes detached or do the brakes on the Jeep apply while you are driving to help stop the entire rig?

  • September 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm
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    Who did you use to install the equipment on your Jeep?

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