In preparation for my upcoming shakedown trip, my dad and I attempted to set up the car to be towed by Vivian the Class C RV on a 2-wheel dolly.
Here’s a brief rundown of the experience.
Lesson The First
A dolly with surge brakes is heavy as fuck. A dolly with permanently affixed ramps is really hard to pull without wrenching one’s back.
Due to Lesson The First, my dad rigged up a small bogie wheel to keep the ramps from dragging when the dolly is under human propulsion. This setup worked like a treat when dragging the dolly the 50 yards from its storage location to the RV.
Even with the setup, I found it almost impossible to drag the thing under my own power. Or, at least, getting it initially rolling was impossible. I will clearly need to keep the dolly nearby when attempting to move it.
Lesson Deux, YouTube Boogaleux
I was wondering, given the configuration of the ramps, what would prevent the dolly from smashing onto the ball hitch once the car was loaded. My dad suggested using a jack under the tongue to prevent this.
We had a real helluva time trying to line up the hitch and drive the car onto the dolly. Everything would go cattywampus with the slightest jostling.
I then had the genius idea to look on YouTube. Turns out, you don’t need to worry about slamming your ball. The dolly comes with a collar on the tongue that can be loosened while it’s hitched, allowing the ramps to tilt down for easy mounting. Whodathunk?
RV Parks don’t offer a lot of room to maneuver. We got the dolly hitched and the car mounted, so now it was time to exit my spot and hit the road.
I needed to make a very wide right turn immediately after moving forward. I was carefully watching my mirror and looking for my dad’s signals when I heard the CRUNCH.
Yep. I had knocked an electrical box clean off the utility pole serving my spot. With the park manager standing right. there. Oops.
It was in that moment I learned that mounting & unmounting the car should be done outside the parking spot, and on a straight, flat area. Hitch up the dolly, drive the RV to the straight, flat area, then mount/unmount the car.
The rest of the activity was uneventful – we made a quick trip to the gas station and back (whereby I proceeded to get poop juice all down my leg when re-attaching the sewer pipe. But that’s another story for another day).
I feel like I’m 90% ready to hit the road with assistance, and about 50% without assistance.