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Old 10-08-2014, 12:50 AM   #58
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I just recently got my new EZE-tow up and running. Loaded up an 08 Civic Si behind an 05 Dodge Dakota for a quick test drive. I noticed right away a resistance when taking a hard slow speed 90 degree turn out of my driveway. I tied a white rag to the top of the steering wheel so I could watch it's movement. It did turn a fare bit but with the wheels strapped tight to the dolly it only makes sense that the dolly tires will scuff in a tighter turn. I'm sure I wouldn't notice the the resistance as much towing with the coach.
If I wanted better sharp turning ability I would have bought a dolly with a steer axle but I didn't want to push around another hundred plus pounds when unhooked.
Surge disc brakes on this dolly work great.
I've never towed a dolly before so this could be interesting. Plan on taking it across Canada and back next summer.
I need to figure an easier system for hooking the safety chains up though.
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Our towed is an '05 Honda Odyssey, so I had to get a large, high capacity dolly. The KK-460 fit the bill for us, although I'm towing four the Ody down again.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:43 AM   #60
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While it might seem impossible that these dollys can negotiate turns,
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Who ever said such a thing ? ?
It was said that it cannot make a hard 90 degree turn w/o scrubbing the tires. And even a normal street RH turn is a relatively hard 90 degree turn.
Now any commom sense person knows that it WILL do it, and probably do it w/o any noticeable problems. (except some have been reported) But it won't do it w/o stress on the dolly's frame, the tie straps, and all the front end components of the toad's suspension, and tire scrubbing when a tight turn.
If you don't believe it, stand outside and watch it while some one makes a even a normal RH street turn.
Kuzz's post above says it quite well I believe.

But I don't see the problem. If you like the cheaper price, and the lighter weight, and believe there won't be any problems, buy one ! Just quit trying to convince us that there isn't better dollys out there,.....that ARE heavier, and more expensive, and that steer w/o any stress on anything.
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I have a bit of suspension engineering experience...
...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...
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...If you don't believe it, stand outside and watch it while some one makes a even a normal RH street turn.
Kuzz's post above says it quite well I believe.

But I don't see the problem. If you like the cheaper price, and the lighter weight, and believe there won't be any problems, buy one ! Just quit trying to convince us that there isn't better dollys out there,.....that ARE heavier, and more expensive, and that steer w/o any stress on anything.
So glad it was asked...Posted at the top is just one of the examples in this thread, which is only one of many in this Forum expounding how it just can't work.

And, Dolly's with steering systems are surely not better - like dolly's with a "pivot-pan" can even have fender impact against the car in a jack-knife situation

The EZE-Tow does work, I HAVE watched it...but I would not tow a car with anything smaller than a full-sized pick-up. I have towed a car on the EZE-Tow with my Dodge 3500 without tire scrub...had the Mrs. drive the truck around while I was in the bed watching - no scrubbing.

However, Acme's website clearly states that tight U-Turns should be avoided - but my RV and truck's turning radius allows U-Turns with the dolly - no problem.

The "Which is better" argument was never part of my post. I am not saying that buying one of the other brand of dolly is bad, but the misinformation about how the EZE-Tow works is what was addressed.

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As I stated earlier in post #56 of this thread, the Acme Dolly does scrub the tires on tight turns. When I pull in or out of my driveway with the dolly loaded behind the motorhome I leave 2 nice black tire marks on the concrete from the dolly. Now to be fair the turn is a 90 degree turn off a 2 lane road, and it is exaggerated by the 8+ foot overhang behind the rear wheels of my MH. Is it a problem, NO, I'm not delivering Pizzas in town, I'm driving on interstates and highways 99% of the time. As a plus with the rear overhang, and the dolly loaded it tracks the Toad within inches of the MH rear swing on tight corners, no worry about cutting corners.
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I'm new to rving, only 2 months. I've purchased a RoadMaster, part 2000-1, it pulls so good if I didn't have a camera I wouldn't know it was behind me. It has tie-rod steering, which makes perfect sense to me, no tire scrubbing what so ever.
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We purchased the Acme dolly earlier this year to tow our RAV4. We have a class C with the 6.0 Chevy V-8. (See photo with dolly and RV) My biggest issue is the wife giving me mixed hand signals when we load the vehicle. (LOL). Slightly easier than landing on a carrier.

I did notice that when we initially locked the wheels down that it was necessary to tightened the straps from time to time. I carry my 1 1/4 wrench in the front seat of the toad to make adjustments as necessary.

The biggest advantage for me is the weight. I use a portable dolly cart to easily move it around and its easy on the on the back.

We are very satisfied with both the quality and performance of our tow dolly.
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I need to figure an easier system for hooking the safety chains up though.
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This is the messiest part of the process. I have a bamboo beach mat that quickly rolls up and use that on the ground to lay on. Not a complete solution but it helps. I also bought a couple of small wire clips (Orange plastic adjustable from Home Depot) and clip the hanging chain to the other links so it doesn't flop around and is easy to install and remove.

Also, now that I have some miles and experience with the dolly, I know where the wear points are on the straps. I plan to pick up another set of straps so I will have two new sets and add some chafe material on the straps where I see fraying on the first set. Hopefully this will increase the useable strap life since the straps the are a consumable item.
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Also, now that I have some miles and experience with the dolly, I know where the wear points are on the straps. I plan to pick up another set of straps so I will have two new sets and add some chafe material on the straps where I see fraying on the first set. Hopefully this will increase the useable strap life since the straps the are a consumable item.
This will protect the straps, especially in the winch. They also have the dolly basket straps at a very good price.

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The only problem with the sleeves is I can't slide them to the wear point, which is near my front strut. I am thinking I can buy the wider Cordura and cut it lengthwise then sew into place where the wear is being seen in the basket area of the strapping. If that won't work than perhaps leather.
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The only problem with the sleeves is I can't slide them to the wear point, which is near my front strut. I am thinking I can buy the wider Cordura and cut it lengthwise then sew into place where the wear is being seen in the basket area of the strapping. If that won't work than perhaps leather.
Maybe double back tape to just keep it in place?
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