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Old 09-17-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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Tow dolly and front wheel drive.

If using a tow dolly can I put any front wheel drive vehicle on it?
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:58 PM   #2
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That's what works best. Most rear wheel drive vehicles can't be towed unless they're manual transmissions. Some try to tow vehicles with the rear wheels on the dolly but every dolly manufacturer cautions against it.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:59 PM   #3
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Sure, if it fits and is within weight limits for the dolly.
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I tow dolly my 2010 Ford Escape with front wheel drive. Works great. All wheel drive cars not so much. Have fun!
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No. You need to check with the manufacturer of the toad. For example, a front wheel drive Prius cannot be towed on a dolly without significant computer issues.
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No. You need to check with the manufacturer of the toad. For example, a front wheel drive Prius cannot be towed on a dolly without significant computer issues.
???? Don't have a Prius but I don't understand why. ????
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You incorrect on the Prius. I have an 2008 Prius and we tow it on a dolly all the time with no issues. Just make sure not to engage the parking brake.

It is a front wheel drive car. Just because it is a hybrid, dose not mean you cannot put it on a dolly.

It just cannot be toad 4 wheels down for any length. The rear wheels just follow the car like any front wheel drive.
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x2 on the incorrect info on the Prius. We tow our '10 all the time.
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I would check the manual, some of the newer GM's with the electronic steering need the battery disconnected before towing, better safe than sorry
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No. You need to check with the manufacturer of the toad. For example, a front wheel drive Prius cannot be towed on a dolly without significant computer issues.

Wow! This post is all kinda wrong!

I own an ACME EZ-Tow dolly and have pulled several Prius's!! I started with a 2001 1st generation Prius, and have more recently towed a 2010, and a 2015 Plug-in Prius. No problems, issues, or concerns.
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Interesting. Both the owner's manual and the Toyota service manager told me that the newer Prius (mine is a 2013) should not be towed on a tow dolly. Doing so would require an expensive service call. I'd check the manual and the service pros for the latest info just to be sure.
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Interesting. Both the owner's manual and the Toyota service manager told me that the newer Prius (mine is a 2013) should not be towed on a tow dolly. Doing so would require an expensive service call. I'd check the manual and the service pros for the latest info just to be sure.
Here's a page from FMCA forum that shows a person who dolly tows a 13 Prius. Doesn't mean it's safe, just he claims to do it. If the owners manual specifically says not to do it I'd be concerned. Sometimes what makes it into the owners manual is written by lawyers not engineers.

http://.fmca.com/topic/5961-toyota-prius/


Unless there is some sort of active regenerative braking system or other sensors on the rear wheels, I don't understand what damage dolly towing would do. Maybe the tow angle drops the rear ended down so far they are warning against damage from hitting objects in the road?
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Need to watch dolly type and which car. For example, some dollies require the steering to not lock where as it may lock when the key is removed. This requires one type solution whereas another dolly might require the steering lock and the car doesn't have a locking steering column. This requires a different solution as well. Some cars may also require 12v charge from the coach to keep the battery charged
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