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Author Topic: New to & Looking to Buy a Used Tow Dolly Could use Some Help on Price and Model  (Read 600 times)

Gizmo

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Looking to buy used as this may not be a long term need.  I just saw an ad for a Stehl with surge brakes that is 3 years old w less than 5000 miles on it, they are asking $1,200.00.  I looked at a local dealer selling new and new they have them priced at $1,700 or 1,800 with surge brakes, so $1,200 for a 3 year old unit seemed high to me, but again I am new to tow dolly's and I have no idea of how much they depreciate.  Also, any thoughts on Stehl as a brand would be appreciated.  Thanks.
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RVRAC

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I think itís a lot of money for a used one.  If you are looking for one with surge brakes, you can get a new one for that price new from a different brand.
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Arch Hoagland

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Call them and offer what you think is a good price. There's not too much demand for used tow dolly's, they might accept it.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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There's not too much demand for used tow dolly's, they might accept it.

Not sure that is the case in some regions, but definitely make an offer. I see a lot of them for sale here in Florida, but they also seem to sell regularly.  Agree that $1200 is a bit steep, but nice clean ones with brakes, reliable wheel tie-downs & a spare tire go for around $950-$1000 here. If one comes up for sale at $800-$900, it gets snapped up quickly.

Stehl is one of the good brands; others include Master Tow, Demco (Kar Kaddy), and Roadmaster.  American Tow Dolly's EZE Tow is the low price leader.  I'm not impressed with EZE Tow myself, but the price is attractive.

Surge brake units are somewhat hard to find for some reason; most dollies with brakes are electric. Probably better overall, but requires a brake controller on the tow vehicle. When I needed a dolly for just one season use, I hunted for a surge brake unit and couldn't find a used one in any reasonable condition. Ended up buying a Master Tow with electric brakes.
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Gizmo

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Thank you for the replies & Gary for your detailed and helpful reply.  We have until the end of March before we need to get one, so I may make an offer, with the idea we have a bit of time.
Regards, Bruce, Lin An, Kenji & Suki
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2015 Ram Big Horn 3500 CC Cummins TD Dually 3:73 Gears & AISIN Tranny
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2014 Northwoods Snow River 246RKS &
2013 Aliner Expedition

Gizmo

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Re: New to & Looking to Buy a Used Tow Dolly Could use Some Help: Follow-Up
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 08:26:17 AM »
To follow up on this, since we have plenty of time before needing a tow dolly I took a wait and see position on the Craigslist ad for the Stehl tow dolly.  Interesting they lowered the price to $1,100 from $1,200, then pulled the ad and re-listed at $1,200.  I contacted the owner and offered $900.00 which he accepted and we made the purchase.  Thanks again for the helpful replies.
Regards, Bruce, Lin An, Kenji & Suki
2017 Eagle Cap 1165 Truck Camper With Tork Lift Fast Gun Tie Downs & T.L. Wobble Stoppers
2015 Ram Big Horn 3500 CC Cummins TD Dually 3:73 Gears & AISIN Tranny
Gone But not forgotten:
2014 Northwoods Snow River 246RKS &
2013 Aliner Expedition

RVRAC

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Great!  Enjoy it.  We like our very much. NP
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