As you saw in our Crazy Car Drama post, we had to purchase a new tow vehicle. After much consideration, we purchased the same thing we had before, just 11 years newer.
Italics are John’s comments.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a place to make it flat-towable before we wanted to leave SO we purchased a tow dolly. Instead of buying a used one, we went for a new one through Camping World. (I know – we could have found it cheaper elsewhere BUT they are nationwide and if there was an issue, they would be able to take care of it. We assumed it wouldn’t happen – little did we know!)
First, we ordered it and it took a week to arrive at the local Camping World. They call on Monday and say it will be ready for pick up on Thursday. WHAT?? What can possible need to be done that it takes 3 or 4 days?? (The wheels and ratchets need to be put on.)
Keep in mind we were planning to leave on Monday or Tuesday so what’s a couple of days??
John finally gets the call about 3:30 on Thursday that it is ready to pick up. By the time he gets home, the right rear light has fallen off. He calls camping world and they say to bring it in. On his way home from Camping World, he stops at Autozone and picks up a new rear light, just in case! And on his way home about 1/2 mile from the house, John turns the corner and there is our light – broken, but found!
On Friday morning, we finish the last minute packing and head out, assuming we are quickly going to leave Camping World. When we arrive, they say they will have to order the light (which we purchased for $8!) and it will be about a week. Well, NO! You are going to use this one we purchased (they never offered to reimburse us for this.)
As we are standing there, I ask “Aren’t there supposed to be ratchets for each front wheel?” Sure enough, there is! One of them was either stolen while at Camping World OR it also fell off. We were going for stolen. These are bolted on, how could it fall off???
They modified some ratchets to work on the missing side and agree to order and overnight ship the replacement to us when it arrives.
So we finally leave Friday afternoon after spending 5 hours at Camping World.
We travel along and get to Amarillo, Texas on Sunday afternoon. We are finally starting to feel like it is a vacation. As we pull into the campground, the trailer ramps are dragging really noisily. We get to our site and THE OTHER RATCHET LOST A BOLT and the left CAR WHEEL WAS PARTIALLY ON THE RAMP!! So now we know it wasn’t stolen!
We call Camping World and they recommend taking it to the nearest Camping World – in Lubbock 125 miles away! I quite forcefully tell them to call and make sure they can help us. “Oh, we’re sorry, they are closed until tomorrow!”
So on Monday morning we take off for Lubbock and before we arrive I call them and they happen to have the same trailer in stock and will be able to replace both ratchets!
Lubbock Camping World had us on the road in about an hour!! They also used some sort of solution (Hold Tight Thread Lock) on the bolts to make sure they wouldn’t loosen.
So how do we feel about the tow dolly? Ask us when we finish vacation! (It is definitely more work to load the car and get ready than flat towing.)