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Old 05-07-2010, 03:41 AM   #15
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I honestly don't SEE how they swivel from the pictures on the website.......but they SAY they do.......???????
my stehl dolly has a swivel platform, the platform that holds the cars front wheels swivels. the dolly wheels do not steer. i have seen other brands with similar construction. master tow is one that i have seen that is similar.

STEHL TOW TRAILERS

from the picture and info, the american looks similar.
my stehl dolly has dexter electric brakes and i have a dexter brake controller mounted on the dash of my moho.
my stehl dolly was $1300 new. i have it licensed in washington as a trailer, $18.75 a year. the license is necessary in washington only if you are towing the dolly without a licensed vehicle on it. i have the small motorcycle type license plate (optional) mounted on the left fender under the tail light.
i added led taillights and a wheeled tongue jack from harbor freight.
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I have towed a Honda Civic on a Master Tow dolly with surge brakes. The dolly pan sits on two friction plates and has a pivot bolt which holds the pan on the axle. The inertia of the vehicle sitting on the pan allows the axle to follow the tow vehicle while the pan pivots. When traveling in a straight line, the drag of the vehicle realigns the pan over the axle.
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I am learning a lot about tow dollys.......(still haven't picked one out yet; I am studying all the responses here before I make up my mind)........great info! Thanks to everyone who responded!
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Please post your results once you purchase one.
we're in the same process. Research, research research but have not pulled the trigger.

American tow dolly, stehl, demco and acme eze-tow

I have until end of Jun to make the decision.
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Don't the Stehl wheel bearings need repacking every 1500-2000 miles? Last summer that would have meant me having to repack the wheel bearings at least 8 times. Maybe its real easy to do but you sure would need to carry a bunch of grease.
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Don't the Stehl wheel bearings need repacking every 1500-2000 miles? Last summer that would have meant me having to repack the wheel bearings at least 8 times. Maybe its real easy to do but you sure would need to carry a bunch of grease.
my stehl dolly has a dexter (very common) axle, wheel hubs, bearings and electric brakes. the end of the axle has a grease fitting installed that greases both the inner and outer wheel bearings with a few pumps of a grease gun through drilled passages.
i think most trailer and dolly manufacturers recommend frequent greasing of their wheel bearings. the system on my dolly makes it easier than most.
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OK, Dan L, another 'pro' for the Stehl dolly.....thanks!
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Please post your results once you purchase one.
we're in the same process. Research, research research but have not pulled the trigger.

American tow dolly, stehl, demco and acme eze-tow

I have until end of Jun to make the decision.
good luck

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Will do! And if you purchase before us....post your results! I am going to work up a 'pros' and 'cons' list for the various brands we are considering/researching. Then we will just have to decide which pros and which cons matter the most to us.
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I don't see anyone discussing the Forest River tow dolly advertised on the website banner. Anyone tried one?
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Sorry. I meant the Acme tow dolly advertised on this website banner. Anyone tried it?
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Sorry. I meant the Acme tow dolly advertised on this website banner. Anyone tried it?
Two things, 10 inch tires and when you have a blow out, wonder where you would go buy them.

Maybe where they sell lawn tractor tires? No mine are 12 inch tires. Nuff said?
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Two things, 10 inch tires and when you have a blow out, wonder where you would go buy them.

Maybe where they sell lawn tractor tires? No mine are 12 inch tires. Nuff said?
my stehl dolly has 13'' 8 ply tires. i bought a spare tire and wheel from les schwab tires.
many dolly and trailer manufacturers use dexter axles with their ez lube feature for lubing wheel bearings.
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Big big difference in 13 inch and 10 inch tires and their availability.
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My Master Tow has 14" wheels. Also has EZ Lube hubs. Very low-maintenance.
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