I started this thread Got my EZE Tow today
right after I got my Eze Tow a few months ago. Thought I'd start a new thread with some follow up experiences.
First, I still really like the Eze Tow dolly. Its well made, relatively light weight and gets the job done. I've towed several times now, usually 100-150 miles a trip each way along with a 700 mile each way trip to Nashville. I have no regrets buying this dolly and recommend it to anyone to consider if you're looking to go the dolly route.
I still have a couple of gripes that I'm trying to work out. The original "red" straps seemed too small for my Nissan Murano. When I sent pictures of my set up to Eze Tow they agreed and sent me a set of larger "blue" straps and no charge. The blue straps seemed a bit better, but due to the size of my tires and the wide wheelbase of the Murano it was very difficult getting the clips into the slots in the newly designed Eze Tow. The result was that the hooks would end up under the tires and the safety clips would get all banged up (
. Also, due to the positioning of the hooks I never felt the tires were truly secured and tightened down correctly.
I thought about buying some eyebolts with nuts and washers I could thread through the slots and attach the hooks to. I found some bolts on Amazon which appeared to be big enough, but they were $20 each plus washers and nuts. I couldn't find anything large enough for the hooks to fit in at Home Depot or Lowes. Then I found some quick connect links at home depot that seemed the right size. They were big enough for the hooks to fit in and small enough to slide through the slots in the trailer. They were rated for over 2500 pounds. Now I needed a way to keep them from pulling through the slot. The solution was some large galvanized washers. Laid flat and under the slot, they seemed quite secure and kept the link from pulling through. They flopped around a lot while setting up the hooks, so I thought I'd secure them in place with some quick setting epoxy. The epoxy does not add any strength and is only for keeping the washers perpendicular to the links while setting up. Once they are under tension, they stay in place on their own. Here are some pictures of the links being epoxied with the bolts, and the hooks holding the straps with the links.
Everything worked nicely and I was able to load up the Murano faster and apparently more securely than before. However, once I had tightened up the newer large, blue straps I realized two things; First, I had pulled almost the entire length of adjusting strap through to the ratchet due to the extra length the link provided
and second, the "bucket" part of the straps were almost completely past the rear of the tire. To my eye, there was virtually nothing holding the tire in place if it decided to roll off the back of the dolly.
Both of these problems were solved by going back to the smaller red straps, which appeared to hold the back of the wheel much more securely.
Now the only problem was the hooks were at an angle where they appeared to be digging into the sidewall of the tire.
There wasn't much I could do other than place some towels between the hooks and the sidewall to keep the rubbing down. After a 250 mile trip to St Augustine and back there didn't seem to be any damage to the tire.
Now to the less successful experiment I tried. Hooking the safety chains under the frame of the Murano is a pain in the neck. Its tough to get under there and thread them in and hook them to the banjo holes. So I thought I'd try to make a "hook" under the farm that I could leave on there and just clip the chains on. I bought some plastic coated steel cable and locking clamps and threaded them onto the frame where I would usually hook the chains.
Once the clamps were secured, I wrapped the cables with duct tape. I was able to clip the safety chains on the cables and secure the car to the trailer. I had some hesitation about leaving a loop of steel cable under the frame due to the off chance it might find some sort of road debris and hook on like an arresting hook. I also had no idea how well the steel cable would secure the car in the event of a wheel strap failure. I quickly found out when we were unloading at our destination. Lots of people were checking in and the spot I'd stopped in was blocking people from entering. In my haste, I told my wife to back off the trailer before I'd remembered to disconnect the chains. BANG, the car came off and the cables had broken (not at the clamps, but both cables had just broken).
Anyway, its a lot easier to hook the straps up with my new links and washers. Still thinking about how to hook the safety chains faster. Like most newer cars the front and rear bumpers of the Murano have a small plastic tab you can pop out to insert an eyebolt for a tow truck operator to pull you onto a flat bed.
Maybe this is a possibility instead of safety chains under the frame?