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Old 03-05-2015, 08:18 PM   #1
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Empty Dolly for 700 miles, How to weigh it down??

I tow my Saturn 4 down behind the MH, but have a chance to pick-up a unique FWD car 700 miles away. Thinking of borrowing a friends tow dolly to get it and bring it home as it needs transmission replaced. Will need to tow the dolly empty one way and assume it will bounce like crazy on the back of my van...any suggestions on how to dampen this vibration as I go up the road empty??
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I did not tow mine that far, but all I did is let the air out of the tires till really soft and it rode/towed good........without bouncing all over. Fill them back up when you get where you are going.
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Hi aRVowl,
I have a dolly I tow my car with behind the MH and like palehorse89 says take air out of the tires with about 10 lbs.of pressure left and that will soften the ride a great deal.I have done this several times.Good Luck and safe travels.
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OK, I have to ask. If the car needs the trans replaced already, what could you screw up by towing it 4 down?


<EDIT> Sorry, I just noticed it's an Alfa-Romeo that you're getting. I understand now!
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I have to go along with letting air out of the tires.
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Another option would be to rent a flat bed or car hauler trailer via UHaul.
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x2 on the uhaul. Just rent one when you get to where the car is.
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Thanks for all replys

Love the idea of lowering the air pressure on the dolly. Just to make sure I wasn't missing something, I checked U-Haul rates and they want $550. one way...last time I rented a trailer I used their "one way, round trip rate" which came out at +/- $100 for a three day/700 mile trip...just FYI and Thanks Again
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The trailer may be your best option. An Alfa is awfully low to the ground already. Raising the front wheels on a dolly will put the rear sheet metal extremely close to the ground. Any significant bumps or pot holes along the way may require a trip to the body shop.


In my younger days I worked for a foreign car dealership that sold and serviced Alfa's and Porsche's among others. I always disliked driving the Alfa's. In heavy traffic it seemed the top of the windshield was lower than the center of most large truck wheels. They were fast, but they had to be to keep from being run over. I think they came from the factory with a ladder in the trunk so when you got out you could climb back up to the pavement.
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U-Haul is your best bet. They don't cost that much, Pick it up the drop it off at your home location. Just be sure to check with U-Haul and make sure you get it reserved so you don't get any surprises.
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Suggestions: 3 of them

1: U-Haul one way tow,, Rent a U-haul near car to tow, then drop it at a U-haul near you

2: Sand bags

3: (in the great frozen north) Salt bags.
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I'm with the let air out.
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Love the idea of lowering the air pressure on the dolly. Just to make sure I wasn't missing something, I checked U-Haul rates and they want $550. one way...last time I rented a trailer I used their "one way, round trip rate" which came out at +/- $100 for a three day/700 mile trip...just FYI and Thanks Again
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Soften/let air out of the tire's, use your equipment that you own, why pay to rent something the OP already owns Unless you need a flatbed trailer.........
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x2 on the uhaul. Just rent one when you get to where the car is.
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.
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