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Old 05-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #15
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With cars that one must have the switch on what about battery draw down? What do you folks do with the EZE tow?

The problem for me with a car hauler is that I would be exceeding my towing weight capability considering the added weight of the trailer. The coach GCVW is Ok but the hitch that was put on is limited. Could change the hitch I guess. Thanks

If it were me and I had a car that it had to be in some form of "on" to unlock I would have a battery disconnect under the hood, a little of a pain to have to reset you clock and radio, but more than likely you are going in an area with new stations anyway
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:38 AM   #16
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IMHO the design of the EZ TOW dolley makes no since at all. When you go aroung a corner ( a tight corner ) somthing has to turn or you will drag the dolley tires sidways.
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I'm passing on the EZE tow. I want steering or bed pivot. Don't want to have to figure out 3 or 4 different vehicles, ignition on or off, battery disconnect etc. That leaves Master tow, Demco, and Stehl. that I know of. Are there any others? Need to be at least 80 inches wide and with surge brakes. MH doesn't have controller so not going to wire that.

As to family experience. Understand your concern. Both my son-in-law and I have driven class A pulling a car as well as car on a trailer. The youngest grandson, 30 years old, has a commercial lic. for driving a bus and hauling a trailer behind it. The middle grandson is 33, has used my Class C and is probably the most mechanical of all of them. The oldest grandson, 35, 8 years in combat engineers, rode with the tanks during the invasion of Iraq, clearing roads and bridges for them, and now is getting on with his life as a civilian. A complete check out and driving under our supervision would be in order before we turn any of them loose with it. Thanks for your advice.
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IMHO the design of the EZ TOW dolley makes no since at all. When you go aroung a corner ( a tight corner ) somthing has to turn or you will drag the dolley tires sidways.
The unlocked steering wheel make the car pivot, turns just like a pivot plate dolly
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After further searching it appears the Stehl and the Demco might not be wide enough to accept all of our vehicles with have tire widths of 77 to 78 inches. Need 80 inch dolly which master tow and Landgrabe offer. Any others with hydraulic surge brakes? Thanks
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With cars that one must have the switch on what about battery draw down? What do you folks do with the EZE tow?
My 2012 VW Passat has an interim key position which unlocks the steering, but not quite with the accessories on. I can tow in this position without drawing the battery down at all and still have the steering unlocked.
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I'll have to check our vehicles that might be used. 2000 Chrysler T and C, 2007 Honda Ody., 2007 Toyota Sienna, smaller 2005 Toyota pick up and mid nineties Ford Ranger. Since these are older I doubt all will be like the 2012 VW. I should be so lucky. Thanks
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AFChap, your statements above are incorrect. I have an ACME EZE tow dolly and called the manufacturer directly about towing in neutral or in gear, and/or if I need to unlock the wheel. I was told that I should most definitely tow in neutral and that the wheel must be unlocked.
I am not familiar with Acme EXE tow, but it must be a very unique design if that is indeed the case. All dollys I have used (many), and all I just checked online (4 rental companies plus Demco and Stehl) emphasize quite clearly that the steering in the towed vehicle MUST be "locked or tied off."
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I am not familiar with Acme EXE tow, but it must be a very unique design if that is indeed the case. All dollys I have used (many), and all I just checked online (4 rental companies plus Demco and Stehl) emphasize quite clearly that the steering in the towed vehicle MUST be "locked or tied off."
And I'm betting all of which have a pivoting pan or steering wheels.
And from the Acme dolly owners manual:
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If your car uses a locking steering column, we recommend that you leave you keys in the accessory position to allow your wheels to turn freely.
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IF YOU ARE TOWING A CAR WITH A LOCKING STEERING COLUMN LEAVE THE KEY SET TO ACCESSORY AND THE CAR WILL TOW AND TURN JUST FINE.
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o If you have a locking column, make sure it is left unlocked thus allowing the steering wheel to turn.
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Mr. D., thanks for your post, unlocked for Acme is necessary. I emailed them to confirm that situation before I saw your post. For my case, with multiple possible vehicles, I choose to eliminate Acme EZE tow from my search. Looks like Master Tow and Landgrebe are at the top of my search list. Thanks to all.
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Mr. D., thanks for your post, unlocked for Acme is necessary. I emailed them to confirm that situation before I saw your post. For my case, with multiple possible vehicles, I choose to eliminate Acme EZE tow from my search. Looks like Master Tow and Landgrebe are at the top of my search list. Thanks to all.
Fighter...so what did you decide to get?

If you didn't buy yet, I just wanted add to your point about wanting to tow many different cars. That's the exact reason that I DID buy the EZE-Tow.

The Master Tow and Landgrebe are very fine dolly's BUT have fixed ramps that can bump the underbody of low cars.
Like this...
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OUCH!!!

The EZE-Tow is SO SIMPLE, lightweight and affordable, w/ a 80" tray (widest you can get) and with Surge-Disc brakes (standard). I have towed many cars from a 2door Accent (tiny) to a full sized Ford E-150 van (had to drop the driveshaft because I wasn't sure about towing back first)!!

Yes, the steering lock must be unlocked to allow the EZE-Tow and car to pivot around turn's but that is most often allowed by having the key in the ignition and/or on the first detent (no power consumption) and many new cars don't even have steering locks anymore.

A steering pan or steering axle is just not needed and adds weight to the dolly.

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Master Tow surge is top of my list as of now. Other than the ramps, maybe hitting the underside, it has the most going for it. Don't mess with keys, on, off, acc, etc for each vehicle, and subsequent possible battery drain, and like the fact don't have to mess with ramps for loading. If ramp hits bottom of older vehicle now and than don't believe that would be a big deal. Have to see where they meet on each vehicle to assess possible problem. The sales pitch picture suggests the tongue position is fairly low making the situation worse than it would have to be except in an unusual ditch or curb situation. Adjusting the ball height might be an option for improvement.

I started out with the EZE tow as first choice till I realized no pivot or steer. Their ad is great but I am going to go with something that pivots or steers. I also have some reservations about their tires, size and availability.I can get a new Master tow for around $1800 so price difference isn't that great. But thanks for the plug for EZE tow--actual experience is a valuable consideration.
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With cars that one must have the switch on what about battery draw down? What do you folks do with the EZE tow?
Switch to run, then to off, leave key in to prevent the lock from engaging. No current draw, no locked steering.
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DonDee does that work for all cars? Thanks
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