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Old 03-01-2015, 12:01 AM   #1
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Dolly to car tie down chains!

I recently purchased a Roadmaster Universal Tow Dolly. My question is: Should there be tie down chains from the dolly to the car? There are chains from the dolly to the RV and Nylon Ratchet straps on the wheels, The more expensive model does show chains.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:09 AM   #2
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Normally there is a safety chain with hook that loops over suspension on each front wheel in addition to the wheel/tire strap that is securing the car to the dolly.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:10 AM   #3
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Safety Chains

I believe that most states require safety chains from the Dolly to the car frame. I have a KarKaddy Dolly and it has safety chains on it.
You might never get a ticket for not having the chains as most LEO would not notice it unless doing an inspection.
If you were involved in a wreck this might come up and be a problem.??

If I were you I would want to have the safety chains on the Dolly.
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I added mine ran them thru the A frame
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References?

I totally agree with the need, and I use tie down chains from the toad to the dolly. I have been wanting to check which states and provinces have that requirement. I see the chains from dolly to tow vehicle requirements all over the place but have not run across the toad to dolly references.

I chain from dolly through front wheels as frame tie downs are difficult to access on my compact unibody
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:55 AM   #6
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I recently purchased a Roadmaster Universal Tow Dolly. My question is: Should there be tie down chains from the dolly to the car? There are chains from the dolly to the RV and Nylon Ratchet straps on the wheels, The more expensive model does show chains.
The more expensive model has steerable wheels. The chains from the dolly to the car are anchored to the frame of the dolly. They don't have to pivot as the dolly makes corners. If you decide to add safety chains to your dolly you'll have to secure them to the pivot plate and make sure they don't get tangled in the mechanism as you turn corners.

You might take a look at other brands that use the pivot plate and see if they have safety chains, and if so how they attach to the dolly. I looked at similar model dollies from Demco and Stehl. If they have safety chains between the car and the dolly they aren't readily noticeable in the advertising photos.
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I have the ACME, it came with the chains and I use them every time.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:04 PM   #8
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I have a Stehl, pivot plate dolly. The safety chains are bolted to the leading edge of the pivot plate, just inside the recess`s, where the tires sit.

I pull them thru the toad wheel and hook them to the square bar, that the wheel strap, winch slides on.

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MasterTow has them as an optional item. They bolt to the front of the steering pan just inside of the tire stop.
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