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Old 04-04-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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Demco Tow Dolly (I Blew It Bigtime !!)

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A week ago, I bought a Demco Kar kaddy, then bought a surge brake system for it. (not installed yet)
But I just found out our 2011 Caravan won't fit on it. Now I learn there are 2 models, 260 & 360, and I needed the wider one. Now I have to decide, sell it as is, or sell it after brakes are installed, and hope to get the brake money on top of it. Or the other option, lengthen the axle 10 inches, and install the brakes, a lot of work. I can't believe I blew it so bad !

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Old 04-04-2014, 10:40 AM   #2
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There is a classified ads section here. You could post it, offer it with or without the brakes. If it sells with the brakes, problem solved, if it sells without you can always list the brakes by themselves. I think at some point we have all bought something that did not work, just add it to the experience with this list. Good luck.
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Can't return for refund? Even if you took a service charge, it would probably be better than trying to sell or modify.
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I bought it used from private, and the brake parts would cost shipping, not cheap because very heavy. I may install the brakes, it'll not only be worth more, but I haven't completely ruled out lengthening the axle 10 inches. But I first have to get over being mad about my mistake.:((

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:16 PM   #5
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How about narrowing the Caravan?? (-: seriously , sorry to hear. We've all been there at one time or another so don't beat yourself up too badly.
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You just mite be right. It appears like these Caravans are some of the widest track vehicles. Even w/ the widest model of the Demco dolly, the tires would be hugging the very outsides of the tire pans.

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How about narrowing the Caravan?? (-: seriously , sorry to hear. We've all been there at one time or another so don't beat yourself up too badly.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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This nitemare only got worse.
The brakes arrived today, and the caliper anchor plate hole pattern doesn't match the spindle plate.
I applied for a refund,....just be glad when this nitemare is over !
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You may be right about the van being too wide for even the wider tow dolly.

My Toyota Sienna just fit onto the wider dolly but every time a made a sharp turn, the tow dolly fender hit into and damaged the van to the tune of $1500 in body work.

My son sold both of my tow dollies on ebay pretty easily.
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Rich,

If you are going to buy the wider caddy you might wait to see if the brakes you bought will fit on it (if it doesn't already have brakes) before sending them back.

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All I can say is I am feeling your pain. I hope all is resolved very soon.
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Thanks for the condolences
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I kept the brakes, only because the return ship charges would have beat me badly ! Hopefully I find a wider dolly that the brakes will fit.

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Thanks for the condolences
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I kept the brakes, only because the return ship charges would have beat me badly ! Hopefully I find a wider dolly that the brakes will fit.

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My wife and I bought the Kar Kaddy SS which has surge disk brakes. We are very happy with it. Not sure if it is wider than your current dolly but it will handle full size vehicles.
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Continued Tow Dolly Nitemare Blew It Bigtime

Tired of looking at this Demco dolly for 4 months, (that dint sell) I had no choice other than make it fit this Dodge GCV. So I rolled it into my little shop, completely stripped the axle, added 3" near both ends (under the wheel pans) for a total of 6" added length. Also had to add the 6 inches into the tie rod that connects the steerable wheels. Put it all back together for a 20 mile test run behind the MH. It towed beeeeeeautiful, and w/ its steerable tracking system, cornered beautiful, no problems w/ fender clearances etc etc. But going downhill, it don't stop for squat !!!
So, back to the shop to make that ebay surge brake kit system fit,....one way or another. Because the axle flanges were not standard, I had to fabricate new caliper mounts, and weld them to the axle,....easier job than I has expected. Bolted on the calipers, and the surge brake hitch, and another $100 for plumming, hoses, lines etc etc. It turned out beautiful,.....
except when I went to put the 14" wheels back on, they wouldn't fit ! No surprise, why would I think this nitemare had ended ? Off to the Dismantlers for 2 15" rims off a Dodge FWD, and 2 1/2 tread 2 yr old tires,
($30 total) mounted them myself,......I was in business. I haven't towed it w/ the brakes yet, but no adjustments (beauty of disc surge) to make, I can't see a problem. We leave for a week next Tuesday, and I'm hoping this "Dolly Nitemare" is over. I'll report back in a week or so.

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Good to hear that you got it all worked out and hope your nightmare is over.

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