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Old 12-12-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Can I safely unhook a loaded Master Tow dolly?

OOOPS! I just posted and then I found the post about the same topic from a few minutes earlier.

I guess the thought was in the air.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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I'll reply anyway. My years of experience would make me say NO. The first problem is the tongue weight, which would be too much for me. If the dolly has surge brakes (I hope it does) they will no be working and the front brakes of the car are off the ground as is the Park lock on the front wheels. Thus, only the little parking brake on the toad is holding the total weight in check. Then how will you re-hookup? Somebody or group of somebodies will have to lift the tongue move it even the short distance to the ball, and drop it in place without crushing the fingers, smashing the toes, or hurting the back. It really isn't that hard to drop the car if you must. Then you can take a quick tour of the town, do some shopping, or whatever.
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I'll reply anyway. My years of experience would make me say NO. The first problem is the tongue weight, which would be too much for me. If the dolly has surge brakes (I hope it does) they will no be working and the front brakes of the car are off the ground as is the Park lock on the front wheels. Thus, only the little parking brake on the toad is holding the total weight in check. Then how will you re-hookup? Somebody or group of somebodies will have to lift the tongue move it even the short distance to the ball, and drop it in place without crushing the fingers, smashing the toes, or hurting the back. It really isn't that hard to drop the car if you must. Then you can take a quick tour of the town, do some shopping, or whatever.
If I may, I agree, take off the toad.
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I tried that ,I couldn't lift it .Then I forgot that I had unlatched the hitch
and when I backed the car off it went up about two feet and crashed back down .Scared the crap out of me . You could probably do it with a jack but
you would have a hard time hooking up again .
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If you're the incredible HULK I guess you could try it. My thought is unload the car. A WHOLE lot less could go wrong in that situation.
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OOOPS! I just posted and then I found the post about the same topic from a few minutes earlier.

I guess the thought was in the air.

I have been wondering the same thing. I would think it would be no different than a trailer. Probably need a tongue jack like any other loaded trailer and a wheel chock. Your not going to be pushing it around because it has no decent axis (pivot) point when it has a car on it, same as a tandom axle trailer, real bear to move around when disconnected. The tongue weight ( at least according to ACME) is not a real big number, 10% of the loaded weight NOT the total car weight.
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Yes you can, but a jack is required. As I have a tandem tow dolly, I have a tongue jack installed, and I have unhooked/hooked on occasion.

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OOOPS! I just posted and then I found the post about the same topic from a few minutes earlier.

I guess the thought was in the air.
To save the masses (us) the search...what did other source say?

And, for me...why would anyone want to do this?
If it is a short excursion, we take the dingy.
If we are stuck and can't back-out, unhooking won't help.
Only thought I have is leveling at an enroute stop-over might require unhooking(?).

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To save the masses (us) the search...what did other source say?


Only thought I have is leveling at an enroute stop-over might require unhooking(?).

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We do some "one nighters", never in a big hurry, and sometimes those are back in sites. I think I am going to buy a tongue jack.
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