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Hi guys and Gals. I Am back after selling my HR a couple years ago I just bought a Newmar Dutch star 40ft DP. With my HR I towed 4 down buy sold all that stuff as well. so I was thinking of towing a 2008 lexus es350 front wheel drive with a tow dolly. I heard they can be a pain sometimes but my biggest worry is having a swaying problem? I appreciate any advice. Thank you so much


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Posted: 04/17/22 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Life is a lot easier without a tow dolly IMO. Does Lexus say that year and model as equipped is four down towable?


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For me the priority - buy a 4 down, dolly, trailer - however cost, luxury of a Lexus would be a factor.

Swaying is not on my list??? But no idea what your life style is...


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Posted: 04/17/22 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had no sway issues ever. Other than an extra piece of equipment it was fine. I would rather pull 4 down but would consider going back to the dolly if my old cheap toad died.


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The only way to find out if you'll have any sway is to buy a tow dolly and give it a try. Odds are you will be fine and won't have any issues. A tow dolly just seems to be something that more of a problem to store that use.


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Never had a problem with a dolly. My dolly cost $700 many years ago and the only expense has been tire replacement. Currently the main towed car is a Smart car but over the years we have towed 2 Saturns, a Camry, and now also have a Honda CRV...The dolly gives me the option of towing anything front wheel drive. Storing is problematic if you don't have a place to store it, I have a 52X40 garage so its inside when at home. I have yet to be at a campground where I had to unhook it. Also I am currently 81 years old and its no problem to hook up or unload, takes about 10 min each way. But thats just me, you may think different and dollies are probably twice as much as I paid now. Also my dolly has no brakes. Hope this helps

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I have never noticed a swaying while towing. I tow a KIA on a dolly with many thousand miles without a problem.


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When we had our dp motor home I pulled a ACME dolly with surge brakes. I towed a Toyota Highlander and a Lincoln MKZ with no issues whatsoever. The ACME will store upright which is a plus in a cg or at home if space is an issue. Eventually I went to a Ford Fiesta five speed pulling four down. I used the Ready Brute Elite system. I never had a problem with any of the above.


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If your now 14 yo car can’t be towed 4 down, dolly or trailer are your options. IMO both are a pain, but do allow for more options for a toad. Or find a car that can be towed 4 down.


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All the years I was in the automobile business I used a Demco tow dolly with surge brakes. The reason was that I wasn't limited as to what I could take along on a trip (as long as it was FWD) -- sometimes it was a convertible, sometimes a minivan, etc.

After I retired and sold out the business, and went to a full-time toad, I towed it 4-down, but frankly (and I may be the only exception to the rule) it was just as easy to use the dolly as it was to use the 4-down method, not to mention the versatility.

You will need to decide based on your preferences.

BTW, no sway ever with the dolly -- just remember to buy a good one, and equip it with surge brakes (as opposed to electric -- although unlikely, electric can come undone, surge can't).


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