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Old 02-14-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Am I seeing this right?

My tow dolly has a swivel plate. Is the whole load hanging on one bolt?
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My tow dolly has a swivel plate. Is the whole load hanging on one bolt?
Short answer is.......YES.
If I remember right, it is a rather large one..........1-11/4 dia. maybe?
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Yep, it's kinda like the pin that holds a 53 foot trailer on a 18-wheel semi.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:10 PM   #4
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About the same size as the shank of the ball on your hitch, maybe bigger.
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So safety chains should be tied to the deck as I have them now or should I be chaining the car to the frame of the dolly?
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The safety chains on mine go to the deck. they are there in case the Wheel netting fails, not the deck bolt.If the deck bolt fails your sol. If you do chain to the frame you have to account for the deck movement, which will make that chain pretty loose.
BTW Just out of curiosity I started looking at dolly hook ups people were doing and found most people don't chain at all! other than the two wheel nets. The two dollys I've used said nothing in the instructions about chaining , but do provide attachment points (on the deck).I didn't chain for some time, other than the hitch chains of course, but I now do.
When you think about, it those with a pivot deck and front wheel drive are in park on the deck ..if it comes off the deck or deck bolt fails it isnt going anywhere except a sudden stop!
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You could run a chain from the center of the car down to the tongue. Just keep it loose so the car can bounce.

I used to chain both wheels to the swivel deck. That's where the chains were when I got it.

I switched to coated cable mounted outboard of the tires. I push them thru the slots in the wheels to a snap hook. No crawl under.
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I switched to coated cable mounted outboard of the tires. I push them thru the slots in the wheels to a snap hook. No crawl under.
Now there's and idea I like?
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Newer cars have a mounting point on the front bumper for a tow recovery hook. It's under a small plastic cover possibly on the right side. For the escape I got the hook, eye bolt, at Ford and screwed it in. Left hand threads. I attach the chains to it and no crawling under the car. I put an old sock on the chain to protect the bumper.
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I have taken Twin boats idea and bought two bike cable locks from Walmart to run through the spoke on my wheels to the swivel plate. Works fine but still need a simple method to secure the sled to the dolly if the bolt breaks
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My tow dolly has a swivel plate. Is the whole load hanging on one bolt?
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The weight of most of the "dolly parts on a swivel dolly" and the weight of a toad on that dolly" are being pulled by only that one bolt.

BTW any "trailer" or "dolly" or "4 down toad" being towed with a hitch ball is being towed by only the "ball bolt".



And any "trailer" or "dolly" or "4 down toad" being towed with a receiver hitch is only being towed by only one "receiver pin":


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Good point Mel!
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