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Old 05-09-2017, 10:19 PM   #1
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Stehl Tow Dollies

So after many years towing a TT and with retirement in my focus finally this year I've made the plunge a bought a Class A. So next step is to get a Tow Dolly for me 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. I've read a lot about tow dollies, various prices and options. But today I was looking at Stehl, they seemed well built. I'm leaning towards the surge brakes even though they are more money b/c there's no controller to wire up in the MH but I had some questions. First anyone out there who owns a Stehl and how have they held up? Second I notice the dolly Pivots or the base which the tires sit on turn slightly which has me a little concerned on whether this could cause damage to my car fenders during a hard turn. Hate to buy it and find this out afterwards. Second the one I was looking at had only 185/75/13" radial tires. I'm not to keen on that, most of them I see have at least 14" and some other brands even have 15". Is my concern justified? Should I order one with at least 14" tires or larger on it since I've seen them on line with that size? I've looked at others and don't mind spending more for a quality product but I also like to see them before I buy them and this was recommended by a good friend and the place who sold them was only a few miles away. There's no other place I can find close to me like Kar Kaddy, from where I live in Tyngsboro Ma. So I'm looking for anyone that has one suggestions or has any comments on my quest to buy a tow dolly. Thxs
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:33 AM   #2
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My new stehl dolly had a serious alignment problem, about 5/8" tow in.
Factory no help. Mine had 13" wheels too, Weight capability is too low and tire availability is limited. Tire availability in 14" and 15" sizes is much better.
Use the search function of this forum for info on dollies.
Your concern about car damage using turntable dollies is valid.
I am currently using an acme ez tow and I am well satisfied with it. I like the surge brakes on my ez tow dolly.
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I have a Stehl Tow dolly. Its 3 years old now with about 25,000 miles towing a Kia Soul.

It came with 14" tires and they still look like new. It has the surge brakes and I think it's just about due for new brake pads.

Even towing a short car, the fenders have never hit, but do have 2 inch cracks in the front corners, probably from the, not so smooth roads, of the east coast.

I believe the Mastertow dolly, a clone of the Stehl Tow, has plastic fenders. You may want to look at one of them.

Many forum members bought the Acme dolly and say they are happy with them. If you follow the fourm, you start to see that some go thru tires and straps, in a short time, along with modifying the ramps, so they don't slip off, while loading the car.

The only things I've done to our dolly was grease it once, check the tire pressure and replace the, dolly to car, safety chains. I am using vinyl covered cable, that I loop thru the wheel, rather then hook to the car body. I also added a caster wheel to the tongue, so we can push it around, like a tricycle.
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I have a new Stehl, with the surge disk brakes.


I like the ease of connection with the self contained dolly brakes.


I prefer a rotating deck design rather than thinking your car steering will allow same freedom of movement.


Towing a Kia Sportage, high ground clearance so the permanently mounted ramps will not hit the car. Width is probably a couple inches narrower than your MKZ but I don't see the fenders hitting the side of the car unless you are really off center in your loading.
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Started a post and changed my mind.
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Both of my fenders are being welded now. Sent pictures to factory. They offered to sell me new fensers. Too bad.
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Both of my fenders are being welded now. Sent pictures to factory. They offered to sell me new fensers. Too bad.
Hi, was that caused by the fenders of the car or just shoddy workmanship? If workmanship how many miles or how old are they before that happened?
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My Stehl Tow dolly fenders cracked too. Maybe half the lenght of the ones in the picture. I looked all over the car for contact and didn't find any. I think its just a weakness in the design. You push down on the top of the fender and that's where it flexs.

I may drag mine to my brothers welder and add some angle to that seam.
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Use a mig welder. Metal is thin. Mine also had a broken support bracket in the same place. We had at least 10k miles towing. Stehl's responce to my pictures was the bad roads today caused it.
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Fenders are coming along nicely. Using rustoleum primer and paint in one. Have used same paint on rims and has held up well.. Sanded the powder coat with palm sander and by hand with 150 grit. Cleaned with alcohol.
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Looks good. I've cleaned with alcohol before.
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I will rewire also and use a shield on the wires. One wire to the front clearance light was stretched till it broke. Guessing tire threw something up into the wires..will solder and shrink wrap all connections. They used crimp connectors.
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Project done.
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Looks good HR. I did the "don't have to reach underneath to hook up chains" mod.
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