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Old 03-29-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Sway

Have been considering a tow dolly. A friend told me that his experience was they caused a lot of swaying when traveling on the highway, but this was with a u-haul rental dolly. Is this really a problem with the new higher quality dollies?

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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I towed a dolly and 2009 Toyota Corolla over 8000 miles with my MH and never new it was back there. If the dolly's wheels are properly aligned with the centerline of the dolly frame they tow straight as an arrow.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:27 PM   #3
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I have no problem with mine either. U-Haul equipment is in very bad shape most of the time, & expensive!
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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Have been considering a tow dolly. A friend told me that his experience was they caused a lot of swaying when traveling on the highway, but this was with a u-haul rental dolly. Is this really a problem with the new higher quality dollies?

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.............Not @ all Tonyg, we have an older Mastertow with a swivel plate and has no sway @ all. If I did not monitor it with the rear camera on, I would never know it's back there. We have had it 5+ years. Good luck and travel safe.
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Like justimagination, I have a MasterTow HD dolly. It pulls like a dream....I have to look in the rear camera to remember it and the toad are back there. And a lot of U-Haul stuff is poorly maintained. If tires are not properly inflated, a tow dolly or car trailer will wander all over the place (don't ask me how I know this!). Tongue weight should not really be an issue on a properly loaded dolly, but one must be careful that the dolly tongue (I guess we call it) is fairly horizontal. Too much angle one way or the other can cause serious wandering issues. Hope this helps....
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You can get sway if your pulling a rear wheel drive car and your motor is not on the dolly.
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I have a MasterTow Dolly 80THD and my MH pulls it with our Volvo wagon on it effortlessly. No problem with sway or any other issues. I do check the dolly out throughly before departing on a trip to ensure tires are good and properly inflated. I also have my own grease gun for do the dolly wheel bearings once a year. Take care of it and it will do what it is designed to do without any problems.
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We have a DEMCO SS Kar Kaddy & tow a Sebring Convertible. Nearly 8000 miles & no issues. This model allows the dolly's wheels to turn & track the MH. It's easy to load/unload & store. Ramps fold up & if necessary the tongue can be folded & tucked under the MH. I store it that way when not in use. I have heavy duty coated cable & padlock that I use to secure it to the the tow eyes on the MH. DW wanted a convertible & this was the best solution....It works well.
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I can't imagine what would cause a dolly to sway other than maintenance or tire pressure issues or as mention towing a vehicle backwards with the steering wheels on the ground and then that would be a toad vehicle issue not the fault of the dolly.
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Have been considering a tow dolly. A friend told me that his experience was they caused a lot of swaying when traveling on the highway, but this was with a u-haul rental dolly. Is this really a problem with the new higher quality dollies?

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i tow a 2002 nissan altima on a stehl dolly. i installed an ultra trac rear track bar before using the dolly as i had visible side to side sway in the backup camera and could even feel the back end moving side to side. i have 13' of overhang behind the rear axle. the track bar solved that problem.
the dolly with the nissan tows very well with no sway.
before you pay for a dolly, check the wheel alignment for toe in or out with a tape measure. my new dolly was delivered with 3/4'' of toe out. it cost me almost $1000 to get this corrected including 2 sets of tires. even with the poor alignment, the dolly did not sway. it just wore tires out in 600 miles.
my dolly has 13'' tires. i recommend you get a dolly with 14'' tires. 13'' 6 ply trailer tires are hard to find and i need them for the weight of the car on the dolly.

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Tow Dolly Sway

Thanks to all for the responses. Went to see some dollies including the relatively light Master Tow. I have a lot of back problems and not able to move dolly around. Don't think it will work where we would have to store it when not used. Will have to use tow bar instead. Got a good deal on a 2011 Ford Focus
with manual transmission. Should outlast me!!

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