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Old 10-05-2015, 06:08 PM   #57
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Alrighty!!! Received my ceramic balancing beads and metal valve stems...and now they're installed.

That went smoother than I expected.

While I was putting the lug wrench on to take the wheels off...I hooked the Dolly up to my pickup truck. I have a 6" drop on the truck now....and that puts the base of the coupler about 17" up in the air. I played around with what 14" looked like....and the tow dolly still appears nose high. I put a level on the keel of the tow dolly and held it level...the bottom of the coupler is really close to the ground. I guess I'll shoot for the recommended 14"... Just wondering if the air dam on the Prius is going to drag on the front cross member of the tow dolly with that riding angle.

Nomad Mike, how goes it with you????
I've been busy on other fronts for now, mainly the roof. I did install a hitch onto the Prius and checked out the bike rack on it. But I have not had the time to see how it works on the dolly.

Finishing up replacing my air horns today and tomorrow I will start the new Sat dish. I had a little delay for some rain, had to put a tarp on her.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:21 PM   #58
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I don't know if anyone has thought about this but I was thinking when we get our coach we'll keep two really sharp seatbelt cutter in the car, one on each side, for two reasons.

First, to be used as a seatbelt cutter but the second would be to cut the wheel baskets to save time getting the toad off the dolly if you have a coach fire. That would also mean not keeping the ramps on the dolly but in the toad most likely in the front seats.

In an emergency both the DW and I would head to each side of the car and on the way I'd hit the remote start, we'd each grab a ramp and cutter then set the ramp place and cut the basket straps. I bet with a little practice we could get the Journey off the dolly in under 20 seconds. And no I wouldn't actually cut straps during practice.

You could likely just cut the baskets and just hit reverse really hard but you could hang up the front of the car on the dolly.
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I don't know if anyone has thought about this but I was thinking when we get our coach we'll keep two really sharp seatbelt cutter in the car, one on each side, for two reasons.



First, to be used as a seatbelt cutter but the second would be to cut the wheel baskets to save time getting the toad off the dolly if you have a coach fire. That would also mean not keeping the ramps on the dolly but in the toad most likely in the front seats.



In an emergency both the DW and I would head to each side of the car and on the way I'd hit the remote start, we'd each grab a ramp and cutter then set the ramp place and cut the basket straps. I bet with a little practice we could get the Journey off the dolly in under 20 seconds. And no I wouldn't actually cut straps during practice.



You could likely just cut the baskets and just hit reverse really hard but you could hang up the front of the car on the dolly.

What about the safety chains?
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What about the safety chains?
I'm looking for a quick release method. I'm also checking to see if safety chains have to be chains or if they could also be straps which could also be cut.

Right now this is just thinking out loud to see if it's doable.
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Safety chains quick release solved so that issue is taken care of.
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Safety chains quick release solved so that issue is taken care of.

And that is what?
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And that is what?
It's a Snap Shackle. They have a pull pin you can attach a cord to so you don't have to reach under the vehicle to release it. The chains would stay on the vehicle and you'd remove them once you pull back. They can be a tad expensive depending on the load rating.

Here is an example of a Snap Shackly.
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My only question on that shackle would be how they react during an impact load, such as might happen when a wheel basket fails and the car rolls back on the dolly.
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My only question on that shackle would be how they react during an impact load, such as might happen when a wheel basket fails and the car rolls back on the dolly.
You bring up a good point. These are marine fittings designed for various loads. I've seen them with working load ratings of 12,000 pounds and a breaking rating at least twice that. I would select ones that will handle at least the same loads as the hooks on the EZE-Tow currently uses.
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When I had my Acme EZ Tow I bought a length of chain and a couple quick links. Cut the chains to go around the lower A Arm. I could reach through and hook up to the quick links in seconds. Unhooking took no longer and never had to lay on the ground.

Once I had them adjusted correctly I kept the loose end of the chain firmly seated in the banjo with a small bungee.
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Tim, I agree once you take the time to set things up right from then on its much easier to connect and disconnect. Wheel baskets are one of those things which is why when the times come I'll order custom wheel baskets from Mac's wheel nets for the toad we'll be using. I've talked to them and thy have made nets for the EZE-Tow.
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Here's the 1UP USA rack clearance with Prius on the Acme Tow Dolly. Not sure that 6 inches is going to handle the roads of America.
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