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Old 09-13-2014, 03:28 PM   #15
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I have a bit of suspension engineering experience, that being the part of the car that was most interesting to me when I was racing, and I was thinking about your observation. If the tow dolly has no articulation between it and the car, then after some initial movement by the car's steering and suspension, there will have to be some scrubbing as you tighten your turn. It is simply the way that it has to work.

In any turn, the inner tire of your tow dolly will carve a tighter arc than the outer tire. Without a car attached, you will see the dolly actually hang inwards as you go through a corner, carving a tighter arc than the towing vehicle. It is free to do that.

When you strap a car to the dolly it gets interesting. Now when you bend into a turn, you have the dolly trying to carve a tighter arc, with the car giving some initial compliance, and then resisting the addition arc because it is preventing the dolly from naturally rotating the way it wants. Because it is strapped solidly to the car, with no ability to change the angle of the dolly wheels in relationship to the arc that the car is following, you will get the scrubbing that you are observing in the tighter turns.

I am certain that the better manufacturers of these types of dollys are quite aware of this and have factored it into their design and strength of materials.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:44 AM   #16
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Your assertion that our dolly is not safe for small RVs is simply not true. That may be your opinion but is an uninformed opinion. We sell hundreds of dollies a year to small Class C users. You are the only person to ever make that statement. It is illogical to assume that the dolly would not work for small RVs. It it either works or it does not.
Your allegation that we lie to sell dollies is very offensive to me. Every week we tell at least 10 people that our dolly will not work for their application. We do not lie or omit information for the sake of selling a dolly.
Our design actually allows more radius in the turns then an articulating dolly does. The modern dolly was built by hand in a garage 38 years ago. The Acme EZE-TOW Tow Dolly is fully engineered from the ground up. No copy cat stuff here.
So when you do buy a different dolly, or tow four flat, and you get out and see scuff marks on the road, what then? I suspect you will have trouble with what ever you decide to do. Of course it will be the manufacturers fault i'm sure.
Hopefully some of our customers on here will comment on their experiences with our dolly.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
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I chose an EZE tow as my first dolly. I am the "read the instructions later" kind of guy and once I did read and heed them all is well with this device. Good choice for me.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:56 AM   #18
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How can anyone say the dolly is not sliding in every turn ? If it has no turntable, or no steering wheels like the Karcaddy, then it IS sliding in the turns. Now if its designed that way, so be it, and if the tires don't wear out too soon, and its strong enuff to w/ stand the forces applied to the framework, then there is nothing wrong w/ it.
For myself, I wouldn't have one, and is the reason I bought the Karcaddy that has steering wheels, same as towing 4 down. And yes, KK has had sealed bearings long before any others. And my KK has surge disc brakes too. And yes, there is a Dodge CV on it too. And it corners beeeeautiful.
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How can anyone say the dolly is not sliding in every turn ? If it has no turntable, or no steering wheels like the Karcaddy, then it IS sliding in the turns. Now if its designed that way, so be it, and if the tires don't wear out too soon, and its strong enuff to w/ stand the forces applied to the framework, then there is nothing wrong w/ it.
For myself, I wouldn't have one, and is the reason I bought the Karcaddy that has steering wheels, same as towing 4 down. And yes, KK has had sealed bearings long before any others. And my KK has surge disc brakes too. And yes, there is a Dodge CV on it too. And it corners beeeeautiful.
thanks for the info, il have to look into one for mom, this on (i dont care who says) is not safe with a little motorhome, MOST small motorhomes have a extended frame past the factory frame and the extension IS NOT anywhere near as strong as the factory frame, and "dragging" a towdolly sideways with a load on it is NOT safe,,,, yes it may work for awhile BUT it will break something someday.. and I will not have my mother be the guinea pig to see when it will break, i stood alongside the dolly on the blacktop and watched as she made a "loop" in the church parking lot, IF you drug this thing around the countryside in and out of towns id say you MIGHT get 5-8 thousand miles out of the tires before you had to buy new ones, my old master tow dolly had the same tires on it for 8 years before selling it (wish i still had it) :(
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I would have went for the cheaper turntable dolly, but I was told these newer wider Dodge CVs can easily be damaged by the fenders when turning. So a Karkaddy was a no choice. If you get a KK, make sure it is the widest one.
I believe there is another Dolly on the market now w/ steerable wheels like the KK, but don't remember what brand it was.
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I would have went for the cheaper turntable dolly, but I was told these newer wider Dodge CVs can easily be damaged by the fenders when turning. .
thats exactly why i sold mine to buy her one that "was supposed to work" for the dodge cv and yes the fenders would hit the dodge cv door if you wernt careful,,,,

NOW that being said ...... im going to do some digging into using the tiny tires and fenders on a standard dolly and see what i come up with, thats the only advantage i see with the "drag dolly" we bought, smaller wheels and fenders might go Under the vans fenders,,, time will tell
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I said before KarKaddySS, I tow a 99 Cadillac deville and the fenders have "NOT" hit the side of the deville and If it had I would not have kept it.
If I'm not mistaken the KarKaddySS can Carrie a vehicle that is up too 81 inches wide.
Click on the Pic and you can see how much room is between fender and car. To bad your not in Mpls you could bring the vehicle and we could load her up on it and see what happens.
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We've been towing a grand caravan on an EZE Tow Dolly since June, we've got about 3500 miles on it so far. The only problems I've had is the slight learning curve in loading it and getting the steering wheel to be unlocked and not running down the battery. That only happened once though. I like the EZE Tow. It pulls just fine. We have a Winnebago Sightseer and the low profile of the dolly allows it to be parked under the back of the motor home. I like it and would recommend it. Though towing with a dolly is not my first choice for towing. It was the best option for us. good luck on you hunt for a dolly.
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Thanks RayR and DonDee.
Our video on our home page shows our dolly in use. It shows at least four 110 degree turns in very tight parking lots among cars. If you watch the video you clearly see that the dolly is not sliding, or dragging through the turns.
We have a new video coming out very soon that shows a 2014 Prius being loaded, towed, unloaded without the aid of loading boards or anything else. A very instructional video, professionally made. If you want a copy send us your email privately and I can forward our current version of the video. It is not completely finished yet, a few slight revisions are pending. It should be published by Oct 1st.
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I was just noticing the center lock pin on my Karkaddy, designed to lock the steering in the center position for towing w/o any load on it. I'd wondered about forgetting to remove the pin after loading the car on it. But in reality, it would then be identical to an EZtow, dragging around the corners. I'm sure it would still work, except for being hard on tires, but it sure wouldn't make sense to me, except being much cheaper to build.
And it isn't like the EZtow is the first rigid frame dolly made, ...they have been around for many years.
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I have a Chysler Town and country with a wt of 6050 lbs. is there a tow dolly that is rated for that wt.?
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EZE TOW, first of all I want to commend you for how you handled this issue and your reponse, It's not often the owner of any company will step up and try to resolve an issue like you did. I would think the OP would at least appreciate that.

We are considering a Tow Dolly to tow our 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The car cannot be towed 4 down, and we don't want to sell it as it is virtually brand new. My question is can the Camry be dolly towed, and does your product work for that vehicle. Not knowing much about the Tow Dollys, I can see where you don't want to be spending most of your time in turning movements, but are they safe to make limited turns doing normal type driving of a MH when you get in city type traffic.
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I don't know why your T&C would weigh 1500 lbs more than my Caravan, but even at 6000, most any dolly wide enuff for these vans, would be able to handle the front weight of 4000 ??
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