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Old 10-10-2013, 08:38 PM   #15
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When I started out I had a car that could not be towed flat, so I got a tow dolly. Whew, what a pain. I traded up and now flat tow. I'll never go back to a dolly. But if it is necessary, getting it with the brake is the better choice. I am glad you chose safety over cost savings.
I do understand the trade offs. It's purely an economical decision based upon what I don't have. Beside I plan to train the wife to hook up when it's raining
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #16
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OBTW, if you tow the dolly empty, you are suppose to drop the tire pressure to 10psi (to reduce bounce and strain on the welds) so a portable compressor might be a handy tool.
Thanks for the tips - yeaper - I did hear that - I have a portable compressor in both my truck and Motorhome. All good information for us.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:14 PM   #17
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I do understand the trade offs. It's purely an economical decision based upon what I don't have. Beside I plan to train the wife to hook up when it's raining
Darn, some people have such good wife's.... I just where a hat to keep the rain out of my eye...
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #18
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What about accessory lights. Do you guys have a preference versus wiring something up to use your vehicle lights. I am leaning towards something I can add and remove as I have a choice of bring either one of my vehicles that way.
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What about accessory lights. Do you guys have a preference versus wiring something up to use your vehicle lights. I am leaning towards something I can add and remove as I have a choice of bring either one of my vehicles that way.
I don't use supplimental lighting and have had no problems, plus have not found any specific law requiring add'l lighting for dolly towing in my home state. U-Haul doesn't use any on thier rentals here either...so, I feel pretty safe in my decision.

But if there is a requirement, then a 4prong lighting splitter will provide power for any type light wanted...magnetic on the trunk...cross bar on the bumper or rooftop...etc.

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Just a quick update - Tow Dolly came in today - picked up and brought home. Wouldn't ya know it both of my vehicles will require ramp extensions. I used some wood blocks to practicing loading up today. Ran out of daylight to get the straps adjusted correctly. Realized that they are adjustable and they were adjusted for a mac truck or something comparable. Will make trial run tomorrow to and adjust out accordingly.
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Took me about 3 trips towing to get the straps fitted to my satisfaction and stretched. Now, it take very little time to throw them over the tires and ratchet them tight. The only thing dislike with my Master Tow, the tilt pin. Old men shouldn't have to crawl under cars. BTW, I use no additional or add on lighting.
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Just a quick update - Tow Dolly came in today - picked up and brought home. Wouldn't ya know it both of my vehicles will require ramp extensions. I used some wood blocks to practicing loading up today. Ran out of daylight to get the straps adjusted correctly. Realized that they are adjustable and they were adjusted for a mac truck or something comparable. Will make trial run tomorrow to and adjust out accordingly.
All I did with my MT was placed 2x4 blocks under the end of the ramps for loading/unloading and the car cleared without extensions.
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All I did with my MT was placed 2x4 blocks under the end of the ramps for loading/unloading and the car cleared without extensions.
Ditto, In my case it was a couple of 2 X 8's but they work great. I have front wheel drive vehicles which we tow so I rarely use the blocks but in rainy weather they come in handy since I can slip and slide trying to get up the ramp without them.

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Took me about 3 trips towing to get the straps fitted to my satisfaction and stretched. Now, it take very little time to throw them over the tires and ratchet them tight. The only thing dislike with my Master Tow, the tilt pin. Old men shouldn't have to crawl under cars. BTW, I use no additional or add on lighting.
I am hoping it will line out and make this process much quicker.

I do agree - thinking through the PIN replacement won't be the most fun - Will bring something to craw up under with.

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All I did with my MT was placed 2x4 blocks under the end of the ramps for loading/unloading and the car cleared without extensions.
I made some temporary blocks to get by for now until my extensions come in. They will work in a pinch - still wondering when / how long it will be before I drive off and leave them :(

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I made some temporary blocks to get by for now until my extensions come in. They will work in a pinch - still wondering when / how long it will be before I drive off and leave them :(

Thanks for all the comments.
That question is best for a different forum.....
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Two more suggestions:
1) Check you light wiring length. The factory length was fine when I put the dolly behind the F-150. However it was too short for the MH. Luckily there is a utility trailer shop in the complex where we store the MH. They had a 4' extension wire with 4-pin connectors.

2) IF your tilt locking pin is not safety wired to your dolly, do it. We were blocking the campground lane (the only place to load) and was in a hurry. Care to guess what I remembered about 20mins into the trip home? Luckily nothing bad happened and I found a Lowes Hardware store and picked up a 5/8" x 6" pin. Longer than I need but it is cotter pinned so we were able to get back underway.
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2) IF your tilt locking pin is not safety wired to your dolly, do it. We were blocking the campground lane (the only place to load) and was in a hurry. Care to guess what I remembered about 20mins into the trip home? Luckily nothing bad happened and I found a Lowes Hardware store and picked up a 5/8" x 6" pin. Longer than I need but it is cotter pinned so we were able to get back underway.[/QUOTE]

We lost our pin first time out. Went to tractor supply and got a new pin with a flip down lock pin, like used to hold tractor implements on but smaller to make sure the tilt pin can't come out. I also wrap a bungee around the tongue and pin to make double sure.
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