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Old 04-26-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Need a tow dolly to tow a Ford Explorer with 20" tires. Manufacturer of Roadmaster 3477 says to only tow up to 16" with their straps. Any suggestions? Longer straps? Unsafe? New to this..
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Hmmm..20 inch tires on a Ford Explorer. Must be a 2012 or 13. Why not 4 wheel down, and be done with the storage of a dolly? IS this a 2WD?

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Need a tow dolly to tow a Ford Explorer with 20" tires. Manufacturer of Roadmaster 3477 says to only tow up to 16" with their straps. Any suggestions? Longer straps? Unsafe? New to this..
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:46 AM   #3
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American tow dolly with the ez brake set up
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:15 AM   #4
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we toad our 2012 ex 4down it is a front wheel drive
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I'm like Us3Here if you can tow rear down why not all four down with less trouble I've done the tow dolly thing.
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Try a Tow Max dolly. I towed my 2012 Ford Edge with 18" wheels on a Tow Max without any problems and those 20's that you have on your Explorer aren't that much larger. The baskets (straps) that came with the Tow Max fit the 18's without any issues.
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Thanks so much for the info...do not want to pull 4 wheels down anymore due to mileage being put of my tow vehicle.
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Thanks so much for the info...do not want to pull 4 wheels down anymore due to mileage being put of my tow vehicle.
I'm confused how is tragging the rear end any better than doing four down?
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The vehicle that I am buying is a front wheel drive SUV. Therefore, no mileage will be added to my vehicle
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Hmmm..20 inch tires on a Ford Explorer. Must be a 2012 or 13. Why not 4 wheel down, and be done with the storage of a dolly? IS this a 2WD?

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It also depends on what engine is in there. If it has the 3.5 V6 with the 6F50/55 trans it can be 4 down. If the Explorer has the 2.0L ecoboost with the 6F35 trans, it cannot be 4 down towed. It must be on a tow dolly for front wheel drive or all 4 up on AWD/4x4.
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First a question...With new low profile tires - just because you have 20" rims does not mean the overall tire height or diameter is any bigger than an older style tire on 15" or 16" rims...did you check if the regular straps will work for your overall tire height?

The dolly maker will tell you that the straps are made for a certain tire size range, because you need to have enough material to install the strap. They will most probably also tell you that if you want to carry a car with bigger/taller tires, then you need to buy a longer strap set.

If you really do have bigger/taller tires than normal and this is going to be your permanent set-up, then you may prefer to buy the longer straps to make it easier to load/unload.

BTW, I use a dolly for the same reasons that you have stated - VERY GOOD POINTS on your part. It's so nice to see the 4 Down folks here telling you that you should do it their way
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