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Old 02-04-2015, 08:34 AM   #1
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Dolly issue

Having problems getting full tire coverage with my Acme Tow Dolly. Hopefully pictures attached. Acme is responding very nicely but we don't have a solution yet. Is this normal and is the coverage adequate. I have spent hours making sure they are even, but they still appear too short. Tire size 235/45R18 about 8 1/2 inches wide. Any suggestions appreciated.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-04-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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What does it look like when tight. The strap does not go over the whole wheel maybe the top quarter. It looks like yours will cover enough of the tire when tight.

If this is your first time using a dolly maybe some one with the same system will chime in. I used one for 4 years and had nothing but problems.
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I used one for 4 years and had nothing but problems.

As a person that just bought a tow dolly, I'd like to hear about the types of problems you encountered. Forewarned is forearmed?
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:04 AM   #4
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I never really tightened it as it appeared to have such little coverage. Could be a valid point. Maybe it will stretch some to get at least half coverage
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It looks like you have plenty of room to tighten down. Is it possible to put the car on the dolly, tighten down the strap and take another picture?
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Did you specify 18" wheels when you ordered? I know I had to when I ordered my ACME and they fit very well. They have two strap sizes and if you don't have the straps for 18" wheels that may be the issue.

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What does it look like when tight. The strap does not go over the whole wheel maybe the top quarter. It looks like yours will cover enough of the tire when tight.

If this is your first time using a dolly maybe some one with the same system will chime in. I used one for 4 years and had nothing but problems.
Pcurt, we too are considering this dolly, what kind of problems did you have, was it a safety issue/damage to the Toad ect. Is it worth it just to spend a couple thousand more and get the bigger one that actually has a turning mechanism on the dolly(another brand just can't think of the name right now)...Thanks for any insight.
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Vettenuts is right on the money.It looks like you have the shorter straps.I have a Tandem tow dolly I use for the trike motorcycle and the toad and then I have a Mastertow Tow dolly I use when we don't take the trike and I have never had any problems.You can tighten the straps really tight.Good Luck.
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For all new dollies the straps provided will work on 13 and 20 inch tires. The link below is from the FAQ section of the website.

http://cartowdolly.com/faqs/will-the...on-my-vehicle/




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Your tires will be braced against the front wall of the dolly pan frame. The webbing cross straps will be at top and upper rear of the tires. I don't think you have a problem so long as you have enough overall length to get 3 or 4 turns on the winch spindle. And it looks like you have plenty.

Call Richard at Acme if you are still concerned.
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The Acme EZE TOW Tow DOlly

Mike and Cha, I do not think Pcurt is indicating that his problems were with the Acme EZE TOW Tow Dolly. I believe he is indicating he had problems with "a" dolly. I too was wondering what dolly he was discussing. Hopefully he will clarify that point for everyones benefit.
Yes, I agree, once the wheel straps are properly applied and tightened they should be fine. We have dozens of people towing that car trouble free with the same straps.
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Hey Pcurt, please specify, are you stating that you had nothing but trouble with the the Acme EZE TOW dolly ? Mike and Cha are under that impression. Please clarify, thanks.
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The problems were probably my fault but and not this specific brand

1. Straps were constantly loosening on the road, even after multiple stops to retighten.
2. Strap came off at least twice after very bumpy roads.
3. Drove the car off the wrong end of the dolly requiring a tow truck to get the car off.
4. The front of the car was too low so I had to make custom ramps to avoid hitting the front of the car when loading.
5. I was always a sweaty mess after loading the car because of all the physical labor involved.
6. It was very difficult for me to get the car in the middle of the dolly.
7. It always put me in a frustrated mood after loading.
8. I used the dolly for four years and many thousands of miles.
9. There was no place to put the darn thing most of the time and it was a Master tow.
10. I converted to four down and all my troubles are done.

Good Luck but I am not the person to recommend a Dolly.
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I had a master tow.
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