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Old 08-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Hello from Alberta Canada

I know there has been numerous disscussion on flat towing and dollies. I have an 05 Coachman with Ford V10 and want to tow a Nissan Cube that must be towed by dolly. I'm looking at the Acme Ultra Lite Dolly, does anyone have any experience with this dolly.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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I had a new one for a few months last year, I bought it and I received it in a few days by truck, very easy to put together and also to use. I use to tow a honda accord with my 2004 Winnebago Itasca with ford V10 engine.
6300 miles through the desert of Texas, New Mexico, Grand Canyon with snow weather, Black Canyon in Colorado, and Smoky Mountains.
Fantastic performance driving forward, but was complicated driving in reverse, because the hydraulic brake system block the wheels.
You can find more info and best price in the manufacturer page :
Acme Trailer | Car Tow Dolly
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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I had a new one for a few months last year, I bought it and I received it in a few days by truck, very easy to put together and also to use. I use to tow a honda accord with my 2004 Winnebago Itasca with ford V10 engine.
6300 miles through the desert of Texas, New Mexico, Grand Canyon with snow weather, Black Canyon in Colorado, and Smoky Mountains.
Fantastic performance driving forward, but was complicated driving in reverse, because the hydraulic brake system block the wheels.
You can find more info and best price in the manufacturer page :
Acme Trailer | Car Tow Dolly
The Acme dolly comes with a clip you insert to disable the brakes for reversing.
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The Acme dolly comes with a clip you insert to disable the brakes for reversing.
If it is true but it is not practical to use. They would have to add a valve to disable the brakes when required, other manufacturers have done it.
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If it is true but it is not practical to use. They would have to add a valve to disable the brakes when required, other manufacturers have done it.
I've had mine for 2 years and it works - EZ to tow.
The 'D' shape clip needs to be taped in to stay, but it does disable the brake. The brake uses a hydrolic piston - the 'D' pin keeps the piston from compressing the brake fluid - thus no braking. Simple but it works. (I don't think you should try to back-up with any tow dolly.)
ACME EZ Tow is a well built dolly. The ramps are Rino hard plastic ramps used to change oil, etc. These ramps work, but they can be slippery if wet/raining out.
Tires are a unique size (so get the spare). The tires are impressive - you don't have to worry about them.
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I have almost 10,000 miles on mine and it is great, never any problems.
There are other threads that have some complaints posted, but if you read
the posts carefully, most (but not all) are operator error. There are a few that
have had problems, but the ACME customer service is very good. And anything
that has more than one moving part will eventually give one of the owners a
problem, but some of the other dollys have some real horror stories posted.
IMO, you won't find a better built, simpler to use, or less expensive dolly
that will tow your Cube and you won't even know it is back there.
Everything I have towed is bigger and heavier than the Cube, with no problems.

And the ACME dolly comes with LED lights and spare tire and wheel, included.


Adaisu,

I take it you didn't know about the clip you insert to back up the dolly, and yes,
you have to tape it in or it falls out, but it does work very well. There is no
need for a valve, maybe other manufacturers do use a valve, but maybe that's
one of the reasons the other dollys can cost over twice as much.

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I have almost 10,000 miles on mine and it is great, never any problems.
There are other threads that have some complaints posted, but if you read
the posts carefully, most (but not all) are operator error. There are a few that
have had problems, but the ACME customer service is very good. And anything
that has more than one moving part will eventually give one of the owners a
problem, but some of the other dollys have some real horror stories posted.
IMO, you won't find a better built, simpler to use, or less expensive dolly
that will tow your Cube and you won't even know it is back there.
Everything I have towed is bigger and heavier than the Cube, with no problems.

And the ACME dolly comes with LED lights and spare tire and wheel, included.


Adaisu,

I take it you didn't know about the clip you insert to back up the dolly, and yes,
you have to tape it in or it falls out, but it does work very well. There is no
need for a valve, maybe other manufacturers do use a valve, but maybe that's
one of the reasons the other dollys can cost over twice as much.

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A manual valve to shut off flow hydraulic costs $ 25, not enough to double the price.
I use the clip, when was necessary, but not easy to place with tape it in a day in under the rain or snow.
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A manual valve to shut off flow hydraulic costs $ 25, not enough to double the price.
I use the clip, when was necessary, but not easy to place with tape it in a day in under the rain or snow.
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Good point Ricardo. A strong refrig/kitchen magnet will hold the 'D' pin in place during nasty weather when tape won't do.
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A manual valve to shut off flow hydraulic costs $ 25, not enough to double the price.
I use the clip, when was necessary, but not easy to place with tape it in a day in under the rain or snow.
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Read my post again, I said that:
"MAYBE that's ONE of the reasons the other dollys can cost over twice as much."


And yes, obviously that is a good reason not to buy a ACME dolly, because
we all spend a lot of time trying to tape on a clip so we can back uphill in
the rain and snow.....


And no, I've never had to try to back up my loaded dolly.......uphill.
Level and downhill, clip not needed....

(end sarcasm font)

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I have an EZE tow and love it. Have used a MasterTow and U-haul dollies in the past and they have their problems, but the EZE-tow is the easiest to use and has the least amount of moving parts to cause problems.

The BEST part about the EZE-Tow is that it is the ONLY DOLLY mass produced with surge/disc brakes - simple and easy to use. There's no adjusting for different loads (empty/loaded/change toad).

I don't yet have the backing key (bought second hand), but will get one with a new strap order (yes the straps will wear over time). The EZE-tow will back without the key on a flat road. I have a hydraulic solinoid on my boat trailer for backing, and it works great! - but that's just another thing to break. The Eze-Tow backing key is caveman engineering!

Backing a dolly is not the problem...even on a hill - the problem is trying to turn while backing. It's possible, but difficult.
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Read my post again, I said that:
"MAYBE that's ONE of the reasons the other dollys can cost over twice as much."


And yes, obviously that is a good reason not to buy a ACME dolly, because
we all spend a lot of time trying to tape on a clip so we can back uphill in
the rain and snow.....


And no, I've never had to try to back up my loaded dolly.......uphill.
Level and downhill, clip not needed....

(end sarcasm font)

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Comment very positive and certainly without sarcasm.
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Where did you find "Sarcasm font"
The closest font I can find is "System"

I'm so jealus


Be warned...Just don't tell Sequim that leaving your propane tank valve turned on in storage might be a factor in an RV fire
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Where did you find "Sarcasm font"
The closest font I can find is "System"

I'm so jealus


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or ...........still undecided...
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