Agree on all points. IMO, the only safe use for a dolly is towing a relatively light vehicle behind a MUCH heavier one like a car being towed by a motorhome or coach.Would I use a tow dolly on a Rav? Never.
You are either at or over the weight limitations, the brakes are going to be taxed to the max and then some trying to stop the weight of the dolly and vehicle.
Personally I only tow a vehicle on a tandem axle trailer.
Or have someone drive the Jetta for you.Rent a truck and a trailer, it is cheaper than trashing your car.
Agreed there but I certainly couldn't recommend some of my former methods to anyone else especially someone inexperienced with towing.I guess this is where experience counts...I have been using tow dollies for over 20 years to tow cars with...never an issue at all...ones with brakes and ones without...I don't think I have ever gone much more than 100 miles at a clip nor do I think my tow vehicle has ever been lighter than my towed vehicle...
LOL...I once had an s10 pickup that was in less than great condition...rear brake line started leaking so instead of fixing it I cut, rolled and crimped it...drove it like that for months LOL...was a fun little 5 speed tho...Agreed there but I certainly couldn't recommend some of my former methods to anyone else especially someone inexperienced with towing.
I once towed a Honda Civic Wagon 200 miles on a tandem trailer with no brakes. Tow vehicle was my '86 Accord, obviously lighter than the tow, with some of the trip on deer-country I-84 in PA. I decided if I saw a deer I wouldn't even touch the brakes since I'd most likely wreck the rig but miss the deer.