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Old 03-31-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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ACME tow dolly loading ramps

I have an ACME tow dolly with disk brakes and the metal ramps. I had a problem with the ramps coming off while trying to load. Only happens if you stop and try to start up again while on the ramps but still dangerous. Went to the local hardware store and bought two U-Bolt, 5/16 x 1 3/8 X 2 1/2". Also bought wing nuts to fit them. Now I can attach the ramps, put the U-bolt down through the ramp and dolly, put the retainer on over the U-bolt and put the wing nuts on and finger tighten. The ramps aren't going anywhere. I sent this to the ACME folks and they thanked me, said they would consider including this with the ramps in the future and would study it further. It's been a while and I haven't heard anything back so I guess either they don't find anything wrong with doing this or they haven't told me if they did. Just a suggestion. If anyone sees a problem with this please let me know.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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Can you post a picture? I have had this happen a couple of times and found it best not to stop.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:42 AM   #3
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I have also had this problem. I don't see anything wrong with your fix and may try it myself. Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:54 AM   #4
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I had one pop off when I was loading, I'm not sure why. The vehicle was on the dolly when I noticed the ramp was laying on the ground. (I was on a soft gravel surface)

I'm thinking that when the car is on the dolly and is no longer on the ramp, brakes or accelerator will cause the dolly to move forward and backward. This movement of the dolly may be pushing or pulling against the ramp and may pop it off. i.e. if the dolly is moving backwards, but the ramp can't move (i.e. its stuck in a soft surface), will the dolly force the ramp to move up and out of the hooks?

If this is the case, a small lip, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch on the front and back of the ramp hooks would prevent this.

I have the "loop" type dolly hangers, The piece that the ramp hooks onto, see the left photo.

Bob, Vettenuts, does your dolly have the "loops" or the "slots" where the ramps hook onto?

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Mine has the loops.
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Happened to me too when loading on gravel. Glad I realized what it was so I did not back up.
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I looked at my ramps about an hour ago, I have an idea that should be easy to retrofit that won't require any assembly/disassembly when using the ramps.

I'll work on it this weekend an see if it works
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This was my solution for solving the ramps popping up when loading.
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ACME tow dolly loading ramps

I have not seen this problem but will be on the lookout for it in the future. I always load the car with the dolly hitched to the motorhome so I don't see how the dolly could move when you are driving on the ramps. My dolly has the slots.
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I have not seen this problem but will be on the lookout for it in the future. I always load the car with the dolly hitched to the motorhome so I don't see how the dolly could move when you are driving on the ramps. My dolly has the slots.
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I've got the slots too. Happened to me on gravel.
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This was my solution for solving the ramps popping up when loading.
That's a good idea.
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If you look at this picture, place the u-bolt down through the ramp and the loop, place the retainer up on the bolt and secure with the wing nuts. I'm working g on a picture but not having much success posting it.
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HDZCAR;

I like your idea. Not a lot of assembly/ disassembly required when loading/unloading.

I was thinking of welding one of these to the inside channel of the ramp. The handle could either protrude through a slot on the side of the ramp, or not.

I think you would only need to do one side of the ramp. I may order a couple of these and see if they will work.
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Acme Tow Dolly ramp fix

This is my first time of posting pictures. Hope they come out ok. Should be self explanatory.
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