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Old 12-17-2013, 07:15 AM   #15
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I was not blaming the dolly for our mishap. I only told the story because I was looking for tips and insight from those that have more experience than we do. I know this is the best fit for the car that we now own. With practice I am sure we will get the loading down. Brockx, the tires spinning was just as you explained, when I hip the hump that's when it happened. We will look into getting some of that sandpaper tape stuff and see if it helps. Hopefully we have learned from this experience. If nothing else works we will drive the car until we find a suitable spot to put it on the dolly. That's what we finally ended up doing before. When the ground was dry and the ramps were dry we had no problem at all getting the car up. Thanks for all your suggestions. And, yes it was going to cost two times as much as the dolly to get this car wired so it would work properly. When you are dealing with a plug in hybrid car it is a whole different story than towing a regular car.
Just had a brain spasm!!!
The ramps for the ACME were actually made for elevating a car for home repair, oil changes and such. The little "humps" are there to keep from driving off the end of the ramps. Acme is no doubt just using them as an available item so they don't need to engineer and pay tooling costs to manufacture them.

I think a small square of plywood about 3/8 or 1/2 inch thick and nested in the pocket on the top of ramp, held with a few screws, would pretty much negate the whole hump issue.

Also, the smaller the tires the more problem the hump will present.

I don't have my dolly here to get precise dimensions but I'm sure you get the picture.
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since my Honda Fit sits pretty low, I bolted a 2" thick piece of wood to the top of the ramp (which now is even with the hump). this lifts my Honda just enough for a smooth ride up the ramp onto the dolly, preventing the low hanging bumper from dragging ramp and dolly when loading. only other two things I did to my Acme dolly was to get different straps (Tow Dolly Basket Straps - Wheel Net Car Tire Tie Down Basket Straps ) than the ones supplied, plus I redid the wiring using flexible conduit to protect the wiring underneath the dolly. think wiring on any dolly is at risk of damage from road debris, etc., and protecting it with this steel flexible conduit works great. I really like the dolly since it is easy to use and light enough to move around once the car is off of it. it easily slides underneath the rear of my motorhome once I am parked, eliminating any need to find someplace other to park it. we've traveled across the US many times with this dolly with no problems.
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...When you are dealing with a plug in hybrid car it is a whole different story than towing a regular car.
Maybe a little off topic...
Do you/Have you plugged the car in to charge at any campgrounds with provided power at the post...what did they say?

Probably applies to those with electric golf carts too...?

This whole electric car thing is going to blow-up - I think...As Gov't regulators direct business owner to accommodate electric cars.

If they do, a plug-in hybrid or all electric car would be THE BEST dingy for the free juice

Of course I could be wrong.

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hmmmm I see some of the posts are taking Acme Car Dollys, I have a KARKADDYSS never had a slide or a spin.

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hmmmm I see some of the posts are taking Acme Car Dollys, I have a KARKADDYSS never had a slide or a spin.


With Caddys you should have KarKaddys. I looked but they don't make KarKias.
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[QUOTE=Brockx;1848853]With Caddys you should have KarKaddys. I looked but they don't make KarKias. [/QUOT

I thought so too...
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Well the two above thread killer's showed up. OP ask for help with their Acme and get thread killers. Lots of good tow dolly's available including Acme and that is the one the OP has and are asking for help to prevent another accident. We all go through learning curve using whatever dolly brand and all dolly's have pluses and minuses.

Many great suggestions from real world experiences using the Acme have been posted above. I use an Acme and learned a modification that I'll make to my ramps.

Sorry to the OP for your accident. As a successful and happy user of Acme dolly, I understand accidents happen that no one thought could happen. Your experience has enlightened Acme users of a potential accident and the solutions.
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Well the two above thread killer's showed up. OP ask for help with their Acme and get thread killers...
Didn't you see the OP's question was a week ago? These weren't thread killers - they were keeping the thread alive.

The OP also got lots of info on a duplicate post called "Tow dolly or Toad."


Now, I gotta agree that KiaKaddy or whatever is off topic but I am still waiting to hear about charging a plug-in car at a campground

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Seems to me it would have been easier to fix the dead battery problem. I know several ways to do that, from pulling a fuse and installing a switch (With same fuse) in it's place. to the "Toad Charge" system, to the proper selection of aux brakes (some provide a towed vehicle charge).. I have such a set up on my towed.
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Thanks again for all the support and suggestions. We have modified the ramps and hopefully it will work for us.
Because my car is relatively new in the plug in hybrid world, I really didn't want some inexperienced rv tech rooting around in my electrical system to put in a brake control, or exterior lights, or even putting on a tow bar. In order to do this, they would have to remove my whole front bumper (which I just had replaced because of the accident) and then try to put it back on without breaking any of the plastic clips that hold it in place. Putting a charge wire probably wouldn't have been too hard since it does have terminals in the front. The whole rear of my car is one BIG battery so you have to be very careful when you are dealing with any electrical issue in this car. You cannot pull a fuse in this car or disable the car being in neutral thing that so many people have tried. What some of the people are doing with this car instead of installing a charge line is continually jumping the starting battery. And what's happening is the batteries have been failing and Ford is having to replace them under warranty. I would not like to be stuck somewhere with a totally dead battery. I am sure that Ford will figure out a way to program this car into turning everything off if it is in neutral but right now that is not an option. So, I chose the tow dolly route and I know my car will last a lot longer than the ones being towed 4 down.
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Another thing we were wondering. Where do you put your safety chains on the tow dolly? We didn't use them the first time we towed the car but I would feel better if the car was attached to the dolly besides the straps. My husband thinks he can find a place under the car to attach them but can't really see any place on the dolly to put the hooks. Thanks.
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You are smart not to try to modify your car, when a dolly is so easy to set-up, to use, and will keep your car up high and safe.

We have been dolly towing a Hybrid Escape for going on 3 years and took the dolly route for similar reasons.

We hook our safety chains to the factory tie-down loops in the front of the car...the chain falls across a part of the frame directly below the loops...we wrap the chain around that point on the frame and take the chain back up to the tie-down loop. It doesn't have to be tight...just there for safety.

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[Do you/Have you plugged the car in to charge at any campgrounds with provided power at the post...what did they say?]

We are going to find out if anything is said about this on our next trip. I will let you know if there was a problem.
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Try a boat shop for the sandpaper type stuff.
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