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Old 10-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #113
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We replaced our straps with the Roadmaster straps from Camping World.
We weren't In a position that allowed us to shop around as we couldn't leave Vegas without them.
Much quicker to strap and unstrap the car, at least on our car as we bought the extra large straps.
The cam-buckle on the top strap is great, as you whack it and it relieves all the built up tension, making the ratchet much easier to undo.
So we learned a couple things, good idea to carry an extra strap, and always use those safety chains!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:19 AM   #114
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Do have a link to where you ordered them from?
Amazon, then search for Tow Dolly Strap (Single) w/ 2 Twisted Snap Hooks Sold by Clickstop Inc Condition: new
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #115
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Just FYI - The ARS (Acme Restraint System) was the chain over the suspension system from last year that was discontinued...had the slide rack in the front with a ratchet.

Well I just found on the Acme website, they are selling the ARS, but now it's a single strap in front style web-set ala' Demco style.

I gotta make my order for new-old style straps soon 'cuz I don't want to retrofit to the slide rack ratchet.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:45 AM   #116
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anybody that has questions about the acme ezetow should watch this Acme Trailer - Car Tow Dolly Instructional Video - YouTube
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:48 AM   #117
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Just FYI - The ARS (Acme Restraint System) was the chain over the suspension system from last year that was discontinued...had the slide rack in the front with a ratchet.

Well I just found on the Acme website, they are selling the ARS, but now it's a single strap in front style web-set ala' Demco style.

I gotta make my order for new-old style straps soon 'cuz I don't want to retrofit to the slide rack ratchet.
The old ARS system tied down the suspension system, thus there was no way that the wheels could "steer, which using the nylon straps do. I'm not talking about the safety chains that are loosely wrapped around the cars lower syspension and the dolly.

I use the non-adjustable "demco" style straps on my honda Fit. Couldn't get the supplied adjustable straps to fit properly and keep tight.

If these new ARS straps tie down the suspension, rather than the car's tire, would seem they have the same problem the old system had.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:32 AM   #118
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The old ARS system tied down the suspension system, thus there was no way that the wheels could "steer, which using the nylon straps do....If these new ARS straps tie down the suspension, rather than the car's tire, would seem they have the same problem the old system had.
Nope, the"new" ARS is the new style web straps over the tire.

My post was just about how Acme used the same name, but the equipment is different and should fix the issues that the chain down system caused.
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Nope, the"new" ARS is the new style web straps over the tire.

My post was just about how Acme used the same name, but the equipment is different and should fix the issues that the chain down system caused.
ok, since my dolly is a new one, it sounds like that is what i have. we're still traveling the country with it, with over 4k miles with no problem. only issue was the supplied straps didn't fit great on the smaller tires on our Honda Fit, so i changed to the demco style. however. the supplied straps would probably work much better on a vehicle with larger tires. i have had no problems with dolly and it is a great buy and product.
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Picked up my "new" ACME today. It was built 3/12 and I am the second owner. I towed it home with my Dodge Neon and it towed very well, hardly felt it.

I will mostly use it for my Geo Tracker and with the Neon sometimes.

I have not pulled it loaded yet but will be leaving TH for a short run up to the high country to do some wheeling.
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Picked up my "new" ACME today. It was built 3/12 and I am the second owner. I towed it home with my Dodge Neon and it towed very well, hardly felt it.

I will mostly use it for my Geo Tracker and with the Neon sometimes.

I have not pulled it loaded yet but will be leaving TH for a short run up to the high country to do some wheeling.
I don't know what's cooler...using the dolly so you can swap toads - or - 4 wheeling a gnarly Geo Tracker!
Congrats on the dolly...remember to unlock the steering on the toad so it will pivot during turns.
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Picked up my "new" ACME today. It was built 3/12 and I am the second owner. I towed it home with my Dodge Neon and it towed very well, hardly felt it.

I will mostly use it for my Geo Tracker and with the Neon sometimes.

I have not pulled it loaded yet but will be leaving TH for a short run up to the high country to do some wheeling.

If it were me, I would adjust those cross straps further forward on the tires.
Just a thought....

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If it were me, I would adjust those cross straps further forward on the tires.
Just a thought....

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The cross pieces on these straps are not adjustable. Good thought though. They're "wheel net straps".

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Well then, my 'other' thought would be to get a bigger set for the large
off-road type tires on your toad.
IMHO.....the cross pieces sit too far back on the tires in the photos.
But since I am NOT the 'dolly police', it's just an opinion.......

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Well then, my 'other' thought would be to get a bigger set for the large
off-road type tires on your toad.
IMHO.....the cross pieces sit too far back on the tires in the photos.
But since I am NOT the 'dolly police', it's just an opinion.......

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The tires are 235/75/15's, hardly monsters The Geo is just little
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Well then, my 'other' thought would be to get a bigger set for the large
off-road type tires on your toad.
IMHO.....the cross pieces sit too far back on the tires in the photos.
But since I am NOT the 'dolly police', it's just an opinion.......

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i agree. maybe using the ACME adjustable straps would put the cross straps evenly on the tire. i would be concerned about using the straps as pictured, since there is only the one vertical strap that goes into the winch preventing the wheel from forward movement. almost appears that the ends with the snap hooks are too short.
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