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Old 12-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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Since your dolly is the same as mine i will give you a few pointers.

When putting the tire straps on, lay them out on the ground and get all the twist and tangles out.

Place them over the tire, then connect the strap on the inside first.

Connect the outside strap.

Then lift the straps rear the connectors, taking the slack out of the straps.

Move the slack to the front of the tire, then tighten the ratchet on the straps.

When the ratchet is hand tight then go to using your feet and body weight. I even grab the fender as a counter balance while using my legs to tighten the ratchet.

Ensure the car is fairly close to being centered on the dolly.

Always check the tire air pressure. I run 50 psi cold but another poster on this site recommends 60 psi cold. I think anything less than 50 psi will be problematic an 60 may result in less tire wear.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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Here in WA the dolly doesn't need to be registered unless you license it and you only need to license it if it's towed without the car on it.

Got that?

I didn't think so!
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #17
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Since your dolly is the same as mine i will give you a few pointers.

When putting the tire straps on, lay them out on the ground and get all the twist and tangles out.

Place them over the tire, then connect the strap on the inside first.

Connect the outside strap.

Then lift the straps rear the connectors, taking the slack out of the straps.

Move the slack to the front of the tire, then tighten the ratchet on the straps.

When the ratchet is hand tight then go to using your feet and body weight. I even grab the fender as a counter balance while using my legs to tighten the ratchet.

Ensure the car is fairly close to being centered on the dolly.

Always check the tire air pressure. I run 50 psi cold but another poster on this site recommends 60 psi cold. I think anything less than 50 psi will be problematic an 60 may result in less tire wear.
Thank you all for the tips, Great info, can't have too much of that.

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Old 12-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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Tow Dolly Lights

If you go with the light bar or magnetic stick-on tow lights do not let the wires touch the auto's paint. Pad the bases of the lights with very clean felt.
Over enough miles the contact points will show wear.
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One of the funniest things I ever saw (well, funny to me) was a guy who disconnected his dolly with the vehicle still connected to the dolly. It was a little minivan. Then, he tried to drive the van off the dolly still disconnected. Somehow the dolly flipped and the tongue smashed his hood.
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