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Old 11-11-2013, 02:12 AM   #15
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In the discussion re: locked or unlocked steeriing column: if one has a swivel mounted on the dolly that the vehicle is strapped to, does the steering column need to be locked or unlocked or does the swivel table take up the needed swing when you are cornering?
lock the steering with a swiveling tow dolly.
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I like the little red wagon demo. That's pretty much like it is.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #17
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Just for the sake of arguing, just how much does the front or rear axels on a three axel fiver toy hauler swivel? None? Now those three axels span several feet. Yet they seem to be fine as I see them up and down the interstates and surface roads every summer, in and out of RV parks as we travel around. The three axels may be a bit shorter, but the format (no swivel pad not swivel axels on either) is the same.
How about that situation?
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Just for the sake of arguing, just how much does the front or rear axels on a three axel fiver toy hauler swivel? None? Now those three axels span several feet. Yet they seem to be fine as I see them up and down the interstates and surface roads every summer, in and out of RV parks as we travel around. The three axels may be a bit shorter, but the format (no swivel pad not swivel axels on either) is the same.
How about that situation?
On a 3 axle 5ver, the center axle is the swivel point, the axles in front and back get dragged sideways a bit on turning. On a tow dolly if the wheels on the dolly are fixed, the car and dolly are a 4 wheel, 2 axle trailer with a much longer wheelbase than the 3 axle 5ver. Either the dolly wheels need to turn or the dolly/car needs to 'bend' in the middle with either a swivel platform on the dolly or leave the steering of the car unlocked so the 'tail' can allow for turning. The geometry is really quite simple, the red wagon example is a good one.
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I have a MasterTow Tow Dolly that has a swivel pan and I lock the steering wheel.I have had it for 2 yrs. with probably 5000 miles and it does a great job and it still looks new even though I bought it used.I have read from other posts on here that has had trouble with tires but,mine still looks like new with hardly any wear.Good Luck All.

PS I tow a 2012 Hyundai Accent.
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If you are using a tow dolly with any kind of steering system or a pivoting wheel pan you would leave your column locked. If you are using an Acme EZE-TOW Tow Dolly you will leave the column unlocked. That is assuming that your car has a locking column. The manufacturers are moving away from locking columns. It is no longer necessary as part of the cars security system. Both methods work just fine.
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