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Old 10-09-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Towing a Sienna van

Thinking about towing a Seinna van on a 2 wheel dolly behind my DP. Has anyone had any experience with this?
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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Have over 15,000miles on the dolly, towing everything from a tiny 2 door Hyundai Accent to a full-sized E150 (dropped the driveshaft)...including a Chysler mini-van (similar to the Sienna).

Your van will be very happy, up-high away from rock strikes and free of the mileage that flat towing places on the lower drive-line of the toad. Plus there's the obvious advantage of no mods to the van in the critical front end crush zone.

Dolly towing is SO easy...just load-up and go. We check the tow at each stop (anyone towing should check the tow at each stop) and tighten the straps if they have stretched/loosened.

If you are buying a dolly, please consider one with brakes. Dolly brakes are not required in may places, but are smart and safer - of course.

Best luck
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Thank you for your experience
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:07 PM   #4
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I do not understand the weight. The van is 5995 lbs. all I see are 3000 limit dollies.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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I suspect your van has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 5995 lbs. It probably weighs less than 4000 lbs, unless it is loaded with camping stuff. My Master Tow dolly has a GVWR of 5000 lbs. The tires/axle are only rated for 3500 lbs. The dolly only needs to support the weight of the front of the van (about 60% of the van's weight) and the dolly's weight. The rest of the dolly (hitch, etc) has to be capable of towing the entire weight.
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The curb weight of a 2015 Toyota Sienna is 4,375 to 4,705 lbs depending on model.
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In case you decide you'd like to tow four down you can add a transmission pump to make that possible.

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Thinking about towing a Seinna van on a 2 wheel dolly behind my DP. Has anyone had any experience with this?
We have towed our 2004 Sienna about 15,000 miles in the last 14 months on an Acme dolly. Aside from a blowout on I70 (yikes) we haven't had any problems. The Loadstar tires seem to last about 11,000 miles, and are only available online. I would change them at 10K as routine maintenance. Watch tire pressure carefully. It must be 90 psi cold to carry the Sienna.
As far as I know, the Acme dolly is the only one wide enough for the Sienna. It has one big drawback relative to most other dollies and that is that the ramps must be attached and detached every time you load or unload the car. That isn't an issue for most folks who don't move very often, but we are in our 53rd campground YTD, and are getting a little tired of that drill.
I have gone through two sets of lights and a set of light brackets before I have a system that seems to be reliable. Acme supplied the lights, I fabbed the new brackets.
The Acme dolly is a rugged, well designed unit (new light design since we bought ours, so my experience may not apply) that I can recommend without reservation. That said, we are going to either install the Remco pump kit or trade the Sienna for a car that can be towed flat before we head to the east coast in the spring. The dolly will be for sale in the Tucson/Benson AZ area in January if interested. That isn't a knock on Acme at all, just on the whole concept of dollies.

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Here's some YouTube videos on using Tow Dolly's.



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I was thinking of towing my Sienna also, but I noted many previous threads about the dolly damaging the side of the van with turns. My research found that the Acme Dolly had a lower profile. Still, I decided to get an Explorer to replace the Saturn and just keep the Sienna around for the family car.
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This might be a duplicate post, don't know what happened to post one. Be careful, there have been many posts regarding fender damage from the dolly on the Sienna. My research found that Acme makes a dolly with a lower profile. But I decided against a dolly all together. Purchased an Explorer, towable, and will keep the van as I like it for at home. Explorer replaces the Saturn.
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Found another good video about hooking up a Tow dolly.

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