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Old 12-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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1st time using tow dolly

I have a Master Tow dolly with surge brakes that I will be using for the first time this week. I will be towing a 2010 Toyota Corolla with automatic transmission. My Corolla owners manual says I need to leave the ignition key on accs. so the steering wheel doesn't lock. The tow dolly has a swivel pan. Do I still need to key the key on accs. with a swivel pan?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:54 AM   #2
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Hi Flick,
My dolly also swivels. I do ensure the front wheels of the car also turn. For me the amount of swivel, provided by the dolly, is not sufficient. My dolly is a Kar Kaddy SS.

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We have the same tow dolly that you do and we lock the steering wheel. The swivel pan seems to give plenty of turning room and we have not had any sort of problem.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:40 AM   #4
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When Tow dolly's first came out, they had a fixed deck so the cars pivot point (steering), needed to be unlocked.

The modern Tow dolly generally have a swivel deck that provides the needed pivot point, and makes the "key on" requirement obsolete, AND because of that feature, it's possible to tow the auto backwards provided the steering wheel is locked, and strapped in place for safety.

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