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Old 02-12-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Tow dolly swivel adjustment

Hi and thanks for your help
I have a new tow dolly with a swivel platform. I have towed less than half a block with it. I found that when trying to turn with it that their was a grating sound. Because it is new I'm sure all of the pads are good. I have called the distributor of this unit for help in adjusting it to no avail. Also a search of the internet has been no help. So my questions are 1) how tight should the bolt be at the center swivel point? 2)and should the pads be lubricated and with what?
Thanks for your help, Moe

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:25 AM   #2
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Hmmm...can you talk to the company you bought it from? That noise would bother me, too. Something is not right. If you are stuck with it and without recourse, you could take out that pivot bolt and disassemble the unit to find out from whence comes the grating noise. It sounds like there may be dirt, ball bearings or other hardware in the space between the two plates that is causing the noise.

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Old 02-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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How about some more information.
Did you have a vehicle on the dolly?
Does your dolly have steerable wheels?
Were you driving the RV and heard the noise all the way back there?
What makes you think it was the swivel bed and not a wheel bearing or a fender rubbing etc. type noise?
So let's start at the begining and go from there, why are you sure it's the swivel bed and how did you determine that?

On these forums, the more information you provide, the more useful help you will get.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #4
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I have spoken with both the distributor and the dealer about the adjustment of the swivel bolt and they were no help. The dolly has a swivel platform only no steer wheels. I had a 1986 Pontiac Vibe on it and it was being towed by a pickup at walking speed. When a slight right turn was attempted this noise occurred. I will remove the platform and check the pads but would like to know how tight the swivel bolt should be.
Regards, Moe
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:55 AM   #5
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OK. I this from a guy who towed one of those for 15 years. If you push the pan completely to one side if will expose the load pad on one side at the rear of the pan. Take regular axle grease and put it on the pad with a putty knife. Push the pan to the other side and repeat. You may have to do this 4 or 5 times before it slides freely. Once you get it moving freely, do this every time you begin a trip and maybe once a week if you're out for a while. As for the king bolt, take it out a couple of times a year, and clean it and grease it along with the big washer between the frame and the pan. As for how tight to make the king bolt, I only tighten till all the slack is out then put the Cotter key in. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:01 AM   #6
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falcor, thank you for your reply. That is exactly the information I was looking for.

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