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Old 04-20-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Master tow dolly ????????

I've recently purchased a new Master tow dolly and I'm on the road alone. I can't seem to unhook my car, Toyota Camry, without a third hand. I wonder if anyone knows a secret to doing this. Thanks
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I tow a Camry 2005 with a master tow dolly. Perhaps I can help. Can you describe your specific problem please.


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Old 04-21-2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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Sure, I can't release the hold down straps without a third hand. I hold up the lever with one hand and push down another part on the bottom and the straps are supposed to come free at that time and they don't. I hope you understand what I'm trying to write.
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Been a while since I used mine and not sure if the straps are still the same - on my 2012 to release the straps you first released the handle (pulling up on the lever in the handle and then insert a flat blade screwdriver and pry toward the handle. This releases the rachet mechanism and allows you to pull the handle and unwind the strap. if you happen to have the users manual (one page) there were instructions there. Or maybe a call to Tow Master would get a better worded suggestion
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Been a while since I used mine and not sure if the straps are still the same - on my 2012 to release the straps you first released the handle (pulling up on the lever in the handle and then insert a flat blade screwdriver and pry toward the handle. This releases the rachet mechanism and allows you to pull the handle and unwind the strap. if you happen to have the users manual (one page) there were instructions there. Or maybe a call to Tow Master would get a better worded suggestion
My experience is similar. Pull the release lever all the way up on the handle and the strap should loosen. If you don't have the room to move the handle completely vertical, I also use a screwdriver on the small hole to release the lower cam while holding the lever in the open position. Pictures are on page 8 of the Master Tow manual. (was too big to upload manual)
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Thanks for the answers. I have the manual as I recently bought it new and have called them. I have pulled the release lever all the way up and inserted a 8 inch screwdriver and still need another hand. At this point I think I should mention I normally drive 4 to 5 days without releasing the car and tighten the straps before I get started and another time during the day.
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Given your process (tightening every day) I can understand how the strap would come under significant pressure. I might suggest a slight modification to your process. At the end or beginning of each day release the tension on the straps and retighten. That may help with the "binding" you are experiencing. Not sure what other advice or suggestion I can offer at this point. Sorry Maybe others can chime in and offer alternatives.
Curtsr - does this match your experience?
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I tighten my straps extremely tight also, you can't move the ratchet at all. Haven't gone more than 2 days without disconnecting toad, so I can't comment on time beyond that. However, no matter how tight the straps are, they come loose easily using a screwdriver. I use a 6 inch Phillips screwdriver in the small hole on the plate to loosen the cam pushing down on the catch mechanism while holding the handle latch open. My toad has skirts and I can't open the handle enough to release the ratchet and must use the screwdriver every time.
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Gma n Gpa, Thanks for the suggestion on loosening the straps daily and retighting them I will see if that works, it sounds completely reasonable.

Curtsr, Do you ever have a third hand? Skirts, I love it haven't had a car with skirts since my 55 Olds.
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Gma n Gpa, Thanks for the suggestion on loosening the straps daily and retighting them I will see if that works, it sounds completely reasonable.

Curtsr, Do you ever have a third hand? Skirts, I love it haven't had a car with skirts since my 55 Olds.

I called them skirts, I guess they are really called spoilers... I load and unload the trailer by myself, no third hand.. takes about 10 minutes on a dry day.
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