Dolly & Flat Towing

What Is Dolly Towing?

With the dolly tow method, your car’s front wheels will be elevated off the ground and rest on top of the trailer. The majority of modern cars feature front-wheel drive specifications, so the dolly towing means you won’t have to worry about altering the drive shaft.

One of the notable aspects of dolly towing is that it will reduce any wear on your drive train. Outdoor enthusiasts also won’t have to worry about ramping up vehicle miles when towing a car behind camping trailers for long distances.

It’s hard to beat the dolly towing method in terms of versatility, but the main downside to consider is that you won’t be able to pull a rear wheel drive car with a dolly. Dolly trailers can also be a more expensive investment than flat towing (we will take a look at cost concerns further down). Depending on where you live, your state may require you to plate and register your tow trailer in addition to your RV and impose certain length and weight requirements.

If you’re new to maneuvering motorhomes and trailers in general, it also bears mentioning that dolly trailers could be challenging to back in at first. You will also have to locate an area at your chosen campsite to keep the trailer after you unload your vehicle from it.

What Is Flat Towing?

You can tow almost any type of vehicle you want with a flat tow trailer. All you have to do is drive the car onto the flat trailer platform, anchor it securely, and you’re ready to roll. With the flat towing method, you also won’t have to stress about wearing out your tires or drive train, plus there are no mileage concerns.

A flat trailer is easy to back up and maneuver. If you decide that you need to tow more than one vehicle behind your RV, you can easily accomplish this with a flat trailer, provided the model you choose is large enough and can support the weight capacity.

The primary downside with the flat towing method is that it will take longer and require more work to load up. Flat trailers are more cumbersome than dollies and will require significant towing capacity. You may also need to be sure to locate an area to store your flat trailer once you arrive at each campsite.

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