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Old 03-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #15
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I would think any FWD front engine car would be enough weight to make the dolly tow correctly. Towing empty is an issue, U Haul won't rent a dolly if you're going to tow it empty any long distance, they require you pick up dolly near where you load the car. Since you have the dolly, when you test drive a car you might try running it up on the dolly to make sure it clears O.K.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:45 PM   #16
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One of the dollies (Stehl or Mastertow, I cannot remember) says not to tow the dolly empty for more than 100 miles.

Well there you go, maybe you should buy a dolly that you can tow empty, like my ACME.
I never planned to tow that far empty, but it
just turned out that I had no choice. If I had one that I couldn't tow over
100 miles empty, I would have been in deep trouble.
Makes me wonder "why not" tow over 100 miles empty.
Think about that when you choose a dolly, since "sssstuff happens".

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Makes me wonder "why not" tow over 100 miles empty.
Think about that when you choose a dolly, since "sssstuff happens".

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Towing empty, without taking air out of the tires, makes them bounce all over the place. In addition, surge brake equipped dollies, like the U Haul dollies, don't brake properly without the weight of the car on them.
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Towing empty, without taking air out of the tires, makes them bounce all over the place. In addition, surge brake equipped dollies, like the U Haul dollies, don't brake properly without the weight of the car on them.

So that's why you let some air out.............Duh.
Yes, I did drop the tire pressure on the dolly, from 90psi down to 45psi.
It didn't bounce all over the place.
My ACME dolly weighs just over 400lbs, which is less than having my
black and gray tanks full. So I don't think the surge brakes not working
when the dolly is empty will make any difference in stopping the MH.
In other words, you don't need the brakes to work if dolly is empty.
It's not my problem if U-Haul dollys are a big, HEAVY, hunk of junk....

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You do not need tow lights on the car if on the dolly. You just need lights on the dolly itself.
That depends on the laws in the state you happen to be in, and not you're home state. Usually there is a maximum length that the car can extend behind the dolly lights and the laws vary too.
And, for safety, I'd have lights on the vehicle anyway!
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In addition, surge brake equipped dollies, like the U Haul dollies, don't brake properly without the weight of the car on them.
I've never noticed that, but the dolly weighs 600#'s or so and the RV weighs 32,000#'s so it really doesn't matter.
BTW, Demco is the usual manufacturer of the U-Haul dollies and they tow just fine and no problems braking with them, even unloaded.
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