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Old 03-13-2016, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My old man is looking for a car dolly to drag his 3400lb Hyundai behind his 35,000lb 36' motorhome.
We found a used one yesterday that is rated at 3000lb and has no brakes. Dolly only picks up the front axle so he should be fine there.
I was thinking he would likely not need brakes as his tow load is not even 10% of his vehicle weight.
What do you guys think? Would you tow this rig through the mountains?

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Old 03-13-2016, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i have done it many times never had a problem

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You need to look at the dmv regulations on brake requirements for trailers. It may be that he would need to have trailer brakes to be legal. He can always add a brake controller that goes inside the car, like those that tow flat use.
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I might be a little more concerned about the 3000# / 3400# weight discrepancy. if he ever should have a problem, his insurance may be void.
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Why not just flat tow, that is what many rv'ers are doing.
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A lot of cars cant be flat towed without modifications. I believe it has to do with the transmission fluid not circulating if towed in neutral.
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You need to look at the dmv regulations on brake requirements for trailers. It may be that he would need to have trailer brakes to be legal. He can always add a brake controller that goes inside the car, like those that tow flat use.

We did that, any bigger this trailer would require trailer brakes, seems they designed it with Ontario regs in mind. As far as we can tell its legal.

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I might be a little more concerned about the 3000# / 3400# weight discrepancy. if he ever should have a problem, his insurance may be void.
The trailer only has the front axle, weight there should be well within the trailers rating.

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Why not just flat tow, that is what many rv'ers are doing.
You mean flat on a car trailer or on all four wheels?
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By flat tow I mean tow bar, no trailer.
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Is the #3000 rating the total car weight or is that the carried axle weight? Those are two different numbers entirely. If it is total weight then insurance is not going to be happy.

Be careful, read all the lines in the manuals and follow the rules. Good luck.
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"We did that, any bigger this trailer would require trailer brakes, seems they designed it with Ontario regs in mind. As far as we can tell its legal."

The trailer brake requirement would be for both the weight of the trailer and the car attached to it combined. That is what you would have to check on the regs. So if the trailer is rated at 3k, that might be fine, but if you put more weight on it it might exceed the brake rating.

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