Towbars vs. Tow Dollies: Which One Should You Pick?

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Motorhome owners often have to deal with the problem of what to do with the tow car or dinghy once they are able to purchase their first motorhome. There are two ways to solve the problem: either by using a tow dolly or through base plates and towbars.

tow dolliesMost people consider using the tow dolly as their first choice. But, depending on the situation, you may need to study all options available to make a proper decision.

Advantages of Using Towbars

Well-made towbars are easy to connect and detach from your dinghy. It leaves no mess like tire strap baskets or under carriage safety chains to worry about. Many people can connect or detach it in a matter of five minutes or less without any issues.

• Virtually, all tow bars are stored intact on the motorhome or in front of your dinghy. They also can be removed easily when the camping season is over.

You do not have to stock it at the campground, and there is no back breaking hauling similar to the tow dolly to connect or detach it from the trailer hitch.

Advantages of Using Tow Dollies

• Tow Dollies can be used easily with almost any front wheel drive vehicle. Most towing regulations say never to tow a vehicle backwards with the front wheels on the ground.

• It is easy to use because all you need to do is hook it simply to the trailer hitch ball without any initial or repeat installation costs.

• It comes with dolly brake and tail lights as well as turn signals.

When using tow dollies, its weight must be added to the dinghy’s weight for trailer hitch as well as GVWR limits. This could potentially limit the size and weight of your dinghy.

Also, according to the overall weight of the dolly, there may be times where it can be challenging to connect, disconnect or simply move around. Careful consideration must be undertaken if you are not on level ground or face the possibility of being pulled downhill.