Like many of MotorHomeâ€™s readers, I have progressed through the usual camping route: tents, pop-up camper, a travel trailer and now a Class C motorÂhome. The next step for me is to flat-tow a dinghy.Â
I have a manual transmission Subaru Forester, so towing four-wheels-down is not a problem per se, but I canâ€™t decide whether to get a baseplate, tow bar and brake system, or a dolly. On the face of it, a used dolly seems to be the most convenient and easiest way to go; no modifications are required, it can tow different vehicles and it has an integrated brake system. But if that is the case, why do I see more flat-towed vehicles in RV parks and campgrounds than dollies?
– Mike Williams | Salt Lake City, Utah
Many people find that not having to buy a dolly, tow the extra weight, and maintain and store the dolly when itâ€™s not in use outweigh the advantages of using one that you mention. With Class C motorÂhomes in particular, the extra weight of a dolly added to the weight of the dinghy vehicle may put you over the manufacturerâ€™s gross combination weight rating (gcwr).
Also, some AWD vehicles can only be towed with all four wheels down. In many jurisdictions you must register a dolly and pay annual renewals. That is why there are both solutions (plus trailers); each one has its advantages.
— Ken Freund