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Old 03-07-2015, 09:18 AM   #15
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I also agree. Running under inflated tires on a loaded or unloaded trailer, is not a good idea due to heat buildup. This and other forums talk frequently about proper tire pressure so I was kind of surprised with some of the responses here.
What is the proper tire pressure for these tire's with the dolly empty?
With maybe/if 100-200# on each tire?
To the OP, do you have the dolly manual? If so, what does it say?
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:34 AM   #16
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Master Tow recommends lowering the tires to 10 psi if towing any distance with out a load on it. Then airing back up to 50 psi when towing with a load. Can be found in the pre-trip check list of the manual. Failure to do so can result in damage as there is n suspension other than the tires.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:42 AM   #17
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The low tire pressure is not just an idea but it is called for in my Master Tow manual.

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"Check for proper tire pressure and inflate if necessary. (Recommend pressure is 50 psi). IMPORTANT: Since tow dollies are not built with a suspension, they are intended to be towed loaded so that the vehicle-in-tow's suspension will absorb the road shock and vibration encountered by the tow dolly. If you find it necessary to tow your dolly unloaded it is recommended that the tire air pressure be reduced to around 10 P.S.I. to reduce tow dolly bounce and vibration. Failure to do so will result in light bulb filament failure and premature metal fatigue in tilt cuff, fender and ramp areas. Continuation of this use will result in cracking and eventually failure in these areas."
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Just to close this out!!!

Just to close this out!!!
Ran the trailer, EMPTY, with 9 PSI (was surprised when I noticed loaded weight was 50psi)...worked great...no bounce @ 70mph. Went 700 miles in two, 350mi steps with a RON. Stopped each 100 miles for first day and felt the tires (by hand..I know, not very scientific) noticed no excessive heat..Just FYI....Thanks to all responders...Paul
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Lower pressure from 50psi down to 35psi, put steering pin in if dolly steers itself, if not, tow as normal.
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Just to close this out!!!
Ran the trailer, EMPTY, with 9 PSI (was surprised when I noticed loaded weight was 50psi)...worked great...no bounce @ 70mph. Went 700 miles in two, 350mi steps with a RON. Stopped each 100 miles for first day and felt the tires (by hand..I know, not very scientific) noticed no excessive heat..Just FYI....Thanks to all responders...Paul
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Just found this thread during a search about empty dolly towing.
Answered the questions I had.
I'm a little late, but thanks for the answer!
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Not sure what brand, but in general lower the tire pressure. Which dolly is it?
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Ours is the tow master brand. But most likely the others are the same
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:06 AM   #24
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Roadmaster recommended using 50 psi when our 2000-1 dolly was loaded and 30 psi when empty. The dolly used ST215-75 R14 radial tires.
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Just found this thread during a search about empty dolly towing.
Answered the questions I had.
I'm a little late, but thanks for the answer!
Same here.

I believe my Acme dolly instructions say to use 20 psi.
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I also agree. Running under inflated tires on a loaded or unloaded trailer, is not a good idea due to heat buildup. This and other forums talk frequently about proper tire pressure so I was kind of surprised with some of the responses here.
You were surprised but after reading that lowering the tire pressure s when empty is the proper protocol I suspect that you have learned something new. I know I have.
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I went and looked at Acme's site. In their FAQs, they say:
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Yes, you can tow our tow dolly unloaded for as far as you want because it is 100% fully welded. No fasteners to work loose, replace or tighten. Our competitors warn you in their owners manual not to tow their dolly more than 50 miles unloaded. We recommend storing the ramps in your vehicle for unloaded travel.
On their owners manual page they say:
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  • Unloaded tow dollies are noisy and bounce quite a bit. To tow empty for an extended distance lower the tire pressure to 20 PSI.
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Towed a Master Tow 782 miles empty. If you don't lower the PSI it will bounce all over the road like a basketball. I lowered mine to 12 PSI (per instructions) and it helped immensely. It would still bounce on big bumps, but a lot less with lowered PSI.
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