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Old 09-23-2018, 04:46 PM   #1
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Purchasing a used tow dolly

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If I was to purchase a used tow dolly should I consider
having the seller meet me at a trailer shop and have it inspected?
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It would need to be near where he keeps it.
They don't recommend towing empty dollys very far. The weight of the car and its suspension help keep it from bouncing to much and damaging something.
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Somebody should tell them that in this area where I live. I see more empty ones behind pickups then people towing with them. Yes they do bounce!
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Thanks both,

Good point about the bounce.
I have not seen any for sale locally, they are all at least 100 miles away. I would have tow it home empty.
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My dolly manufacture recommends dropping the air down to 10 psi if towing.

I've done it, but also used the winches and straps to stabilize the swivel pan.

They also suggest a 200 mile limit. Not sure if that's per tow or cumulitive.
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Hi,

If I was to purchase a used tow dolly should I consider
having the seller meet me at a trailer shop and have it inspected?
I'd do it myself. Pull the wheel to check bearings, races, and brakes. Check tire tread and age. Check lights, straps, and chains. When reassembling, use fresh grease to pack the bearings.
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I don't know if its everywhere or not, but mine came with a title of origin, I would be the 3rd owner,so its in the 1st owners name and my Bmv said that's how they do it
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Thanks all :-)
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Also check the tires. My first used tow dolly had car tires on it, NOT trailer tires with a stronger sidewall. I learned this lesson on I-77 near Galax, VA when one blew!

Also check the tire manufacturer date on the side wall. If its over 7 years old, you'll need to replace the tires regardless of tread wear.
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Thanks Tom,

I will be sure to check the tires.
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