2 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Motorhome Dolly Trailer

2 March 2022
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

If you want to tow a vehicle behind your motorhome when you take a trip, then dolly trailers give you an effective, low-cost and space-saving solution. Before you buy a trailer you should think about how you'll use it, as this could influence your buying choice. Consider the following for what you should think about before you start looking at dolly trailers. 

1. Your Vehicle Width

When you use a dolly trailer, you load your vehicle on to the unit's platform, usually from the front. So, you need to make sure that any trailer you buy fits your vehicle's dimensions. If you want to tow a larger car, such as a 4x4, then you might need a wider platform than if you are towing a compact car.

If you want to tow different vehicles on different trips, then make sure that the platform of the trailer you buy fits the largest vehicle. If you can fit different vehicles on the same trailer, then you get a more cost-effective solution. You won't need to buy multiple trailers to fit individual cars.

2. Your Weight Loads

Like any trailer, a dolly unit will have a set weight limit. This limit tells you how much weight a trailer can safely carry. It might also affect whether you need to buy a trailer with brakes. Bear in mind that this limit isn't just about the weight of any vehicle you'll tow on the trailer. It includes the weight of the trailer itself.

Your car might be heavier than you think if you have anything in it that adds to its original weight. You'll also add to the vehicle's weight if you ever use it to carry some of your stuff on trips. So, make sure to buy a trailer that can compensate for this possible extra weight.

However, it's wise not to buy a dolly trailer with an excessive weight capacity because you think you can then overload your towed vehicle and use it for easy storage. Dolly trailers hold up one end of the vehicle they tow; the wheels on the other end are on the road. If you overload a towed car, then you could put undue stress on some of its tyres. You might also find that the weight you carry on a dolly trailer affects brake safety regulations. Depending on your location, you might have to buy a unit with brakes if your load exceeds a specified weight limit.

To find out more, contact dolly trailer manufacturers or suppliers.