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Old 02-14-2015, 11:49 AM   #29
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I pull a 2002 Toyota Camry with the EZ Tow. I simply place the key in the on position without starting the engine and then pull a fuse. The wheel does not lock and the battery does not drain yet the front end will adjust to all turning situations. Takes 20 seconds to do and works like a charm. Many folks that tow a car with a key do this in fact, this forum gave me the idea. Just passing along.....




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There is no physical key in the VW "KESSY" keyless system. IF you were to pull a fuse under the hood to disable the KESSY system (not sure it is even that simple as KESSY is part of the car's disabling/security system) after you have unlocked the column you likely would not be able to lock/unlock the doors for entry.
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You are right, the manual says the height is 18." So I need a drop down of 2.5 ."
What kind of ball assembly (am I using the correct terminology?) did you get to insert into your hitch?
What do you think of Roadmaster Adjustable Ball Mount?
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I am using a common Reese drop hitch ball mount, nothing special and readily available just about anywhere. I didn't see the need to spend big money on this one....kept it simple.
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Have you looked at the acme EZ Tow dolly ? I just bought one and had delivered. About 10 minutes and I was ready to roll. Nice price as well. Has a surge brake so no additional investment with what you will pull the VW with. You should at least check it out as another option.
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There is no physical key in the VW "KESSY" keyless system. IF you were to pull a fuse under the hood to disable the KESSY system (not sure it is even that simple as KESSY is part of the car's disabling/security system) after you have unlocked the column you likely would not be able to lock/unlock the doors for entry.
Also, VW's with the keyless entry/ignition do not have an exterior visible door lock. It's there but hidden. I also have a Kar Kaddy 460 SS, best steerable dolly on the market.

A little off topic for those that have VW's with the KESSY system, ever wonder how to start the car if the remote battery goes dead? I did and asked dealer, was told to hold the remote to the steering column where the key switch would be, it will recognize the chip in the remote and will be able to start the car.
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Kar Kaddy 460 SS, best steerable dolly on the market.
I walked away with the same opinion after looking at many options. Yes the Kar Kaddy 460 SS cost more than others but I feel I received a very well engineered dolly with nothing mickey moused anywhere on this rig.

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You are right, the manual says the height is 18." So I need a drop down of 2.5 ."
What kind of ball assembly (am I using the correct terminology?) did you get to insert into your hitch?
What do you think of Roadmaster Adjustable Ball Mount?
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In agreement with Motorhead- Adjustable drop hitches are great if you need to adjust it often. We use a fixed drop, because the dolly set-up never needs adjustment...8" of drop needed for our set-up to get within the dolly makers recommended height above ground.
Wanted to keep it as simple as possible.
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As a side note...more and more, cars makers are doing away with steering locks (no specifics about VW's) removing the need to address this for towing with a fixed-frame dolly or to flat-tow.


And finally, with low-slung cars - please be aware of the risk of underbody contact with fixed ramp dollies - even on a minor curb crossing...this YouTube illustrates that risk:
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The ACME dolly has a fixed table and requires you to unlock the steering column to use it. Not easily done with a keyless ignition car.

Interesting. I already have the ACME and we were looking at a VW for our next car, guess we will need to look elsewhere unless the keyless is an option.
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A couple of questions (I just posted a question about towing my Murano with an Eze Tow Dolly)

My 2009 Murano is keyless and has a steering column lock. I can unlock my the wheel by pressing the start button without stepping on the brake. The car is now in the accessory on position. Assuming no accessories are on, why would I need to disconnect my battery? Will a healthy battery die after an 8 or 10 hour tow with virtually no power draw?

If I did disconnect my battery after unlocking my steering wheel I would imagine I would not have to worry about locking/unlocking the doors. I'd just leave them unlocked.

If I had a flat towable car I'd probably go 4 downs. But I don't and while a tow dolly has the disadvantages of having an extra large piece of equipment to wrangle, is somewhat more involved of a hook up process, I think the overall cost is the about the same and does not require you to modify your car.

I'm thinking my next car might be a VW Golf TDI. I'd be interested how the OP ends up.
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Why not just have the dealer disable the steering wheel lock? They are not a federal requirement so there are no legal issues plus I thint it's safer not having them sinc there is no chance they will fail and lock the steering wheel.
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Why not just have the dealer disable the steering wheel lock? They are not a federal requirement so there are no legal issues plus I thint it's safer not having them sinc there is no chance they will fail and lock the steering wheel.
Disabling the steering lock is certainly an option. I'm looking into how to do it.
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Interesting. I already have the ACME and we were looking at a VW for our next car, guess we will need to look elsewhere unless the keyless is an option.
Yes, can get without the keyless option. It depends on the level of trim you want. Could look into if dealer can disable the steering lock as mentioned.

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My 2009 Murano is keyless and has a steering column lock. I can unlock my the wheel by pressing the start button without stepping on the brake. The car is now in the accessory on position. Assuming no accessories are on, why would I need to disconnect my battery? Will a healthy battery die after an 8 or 10 hour tow with virtually no power draw?

If I did disconnect my battery after unlocking my steering wheel I would imagine I would not have to worry about locking/unlocking the doors. I'd just leave them unlocked.
VW is the same. I already had the Kar Kaddy, the 03 Nissan Altima we traded for the Passat could not be towed 4 down either.
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Interesting. I already have the ACME and we were looking at a VW for our next car, guess we will need to look elsewhere unless the keyless is an option.
Although I have not investigated it, there is a software/hardware interface available for the VW called "VAGCOM" that allows one to personalize a lot of the features on the VW. The column lock feature on the "KESSY" equipped cars is electronic. I would not be surprised to find a feature on the VAGCOM interface to disable the electronic column lock...UNCONFIRMED THOUGH
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In agreement with Motorhead- Adjustable drop hitches are great if you need to adjust it often. We use a fixed drop, because the dolly set-up never needs adjustment...8" of drop needed for our set-up to get within the dolly makers recommended height above ground.
Wanted to keep it as simple as possible.
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As a side note...more and more, cars makers are doing away with steering locks (no specifics about VW's) removing the need to address this for towing with a fixed-frame dolly or to flat-tow.


And finally, with low-slung cars - please be aware of the risk of underbody contact with fixed ramp dollies - even on a minor curb crossing...this YouTube illustrates that risk:
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We've really fallen in love with our American Car Dolly. We tow a Focus but it will handle one heck of a lot more vehicle. Very easy to use- loads quickly and rides behind us quite well. Might want to check it out. Reasonably priced with brakes and you can get an optional spare.

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