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Old 05-26-2015, 11:48 PM   #43
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I have used the Croft tow dolly for the last 3.5 years. Very well built. This is the same tow dolly Penske and I believe UHaul rents. It's not foldable and you cannot remove the ramps but I believe it's one of the better ones you can buy IMO. Attachment 95109
The ones I've rented were made by Demco. That's also what we own although ours has a foldable tongue and ramps.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:33 AM   #44
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Your strap is def rubbing and abrading on something. The most common damage occurs from the strut tower housing. It is only about a quarter of an inch from your tire. Often times people do not get the strap past the housing and it rubs and cuts there. Also, sometimes the strap will force its way past that point in transit resulting a now suddenly very loose strap.
New straps will stretch some, but the loosening most people see is simply the straps settling and moving to their natural positions. As they do so some slack occurs. Once they are in their natural position they will not loosen.
Small bone to pick with that. The straps will stop stretching but the car/dolly relationship will change a bit with the first few turns. It still pays to stop and check and get a click or two of tightening.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:19 AM   #45
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That is correct. That was not as well worded as it could have been.
Once the straps have settled into their natural position and have been tightened again they will not appear to loosen with any significance. Straps that have just been applied will always settle into a natural position which results in slack.
It has to do specifically with the cross over straps going over the top of the tire. If they are not straight and direct over tire they will slowly, or quickly, migrate to the correct position and you suddenly have loose straps. It can be avoided or minimized by simply taking the time to make sure the crossover straps are straight.
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Going to try an experiment starting tomorrow. We're heading out to the east coast for a three month tour. I'll be pulling an 08 Civic Si on an Eze tow dolly. I've only towed it for about 20 miles and have already noticed rubbing on the inside of the wheel net. I'm going to be using the wheel net on one side and a single strap on the other side. The single strap has two rubber tread locks on it. It's the same system I use on my Peterbilt car hauler. Click image for larger version

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On my short test drive the single strap stayed tighter than the wheel net. With the tread locks I'm not concerned about the strap sliding off. I have the extra length of strap tied through the wheel just to stop it from flapping. Click image for larger version

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As far as the safety chains go, I'm using the tow hooks on the front of the car. I've threaded a chain around the front ramp support. Can't go under the frame because of the brake line. I figure a little more slack in the chain is needed because of suspension movement. I know it works cause it stopped me from unloading when I forgot to take them off. Click image for larger version

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I would keep a close eye on that single strap, making sure it don't walk off the side of the tire.

With that style dolly, every turn causes the steering to move.

The geometry of a front end, causes changes in the caster, camber and toe, of each wheel, independently, in a turn. That will put a lot of stress on the straps.

When you turn the steering wheel, on the ground, one tire rolls forward and one back.

Imagine having your car strapped to the dolly, not hitched to the tow vechicle. Now think about the what is going to happen, if you try to move the tongue to the right or left. The tires have to roll, even a little, to turn.

An extreme example, is the little red wagon, one wheel moved forward and one back, in a turn.

Just my thoughts
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Can I tow a 2007 Jeep Commander 2wd on my Tow Dolly if I load it on the dolly backwards?

I would think all I need to do is make sure the steering wheel is locked. Right?

I have a Tow Dolly with surge brakes
I assume they say you can not tow and if that is the case yes backwards and lock the steering. Should be fine.
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I use an 18" hitch ball wrench from Wal-Mart to tighten the straps, nothing moves.
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I use an 18" hitch ball wrench from Wal-Mart to tighten the straps, nothing moves.
Do you check after the first couple of turns? ;-)
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Do you check after the first couple of turns? ;-)
Did the first couple of times, now just a walk around whenever I stop. The tires are distorted a little against the front rail.
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I would think all I need to do is make sure the steering wheel is locked. Right?

I have a Tow Dolly with surge brakes
Tie the steering wheel also, don't bet the farm on the lock. Easy way is to loop the rope around a spoke pull it tight, close the door on it, tie a big knot in it up against the door and front pillar. Towed many cars that way as a wrecker driver.
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I would keep a close eye on that single strap, making sure it don't walk off the side of the tire.

With that style dolly, every turn causes the steering to move.

The geometry of a front end, causes changes in the caster, camber and toe, of each wheel, independently, in a turn. That will put a lot of stress on the straps.

When you turn the steering wheel, on the ground, one tire rolls forward and one back.

Imagine having your car strapped to the dolly, not hitched to the tow vechicle. Now think about the what is going to happen, if you try to move the tongue to the right or left. The tires have to roll, even a little, to turn.

An extreme example, is the little red wagon, one wheel moved forward and one back, in a turn.

Just my thoughts

That's why I'm using the single strap on the one side only. Just unhooked everything here in White Rock after quite a few hard 90 degree turns and everything was still in place. The rubber tread locks seem to hold the strap in the center of the tire.
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I am very interested in the tread lock mechanism. Where can I buy some of these to experiment with? May want to incorporate them into our strap design...
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