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Old 09-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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What is the reason for not backing my 2 wheel drive truck onto my roadmaster tow dolly? The steering will be locked, and my HR Imperial 350 ISC will certainly not be strained.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Weight distribution becomes a problem. Tow dollies like the engine weight for stability. In some states it's illegal to tow a car that way as well. I did a lot of research because I was going to do the same thing. Good luck!

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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I tow my Colorado on a tow master back wards all the time with no problem. Unlock the steering wherl and tie it down
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The steering geometry is wrong. Caster, camber and toe is set for stability when going forward, nit backward. It can cause excessive tire wear.

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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All i know is i have done it for years and have never had a problem
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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When a car/truck is driving fwd there is positive caster. This positive caster helps the vehicle track strait and self centers the front tires after a turn. If you tow backwards now you have neg caster. If your steering lock breaks or your straps holding steering wheel were to loosen the front tires will steer to one side. You can test this, just reverse quickly in a deserted parking lot and let go of the wheel. Really fun!
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None of the dolly manufacturers say it's OK, in fact they say not to do it.

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