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Old 07-29-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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Towing ACME dolly empty...........

I am going to forced to tow my ACME eze-tow dolly about 1500 miles, empty.
Not the ideal choice, but can't be avoided.
My question is...... has anybody towed an ACME dolly very far, empty.
Am hoping to limit the replies to people who have actually done it,
not guesses or why I shouldn't do it.
My thoughts are that the only problem would be bouncing around with no
weight to hold it down. And have considered dropping the tire pressure from
90psi down to 50 or 60psi, to try to soften them.
Anyone have experience doing this???

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=Sequim Guy;1258967]I am going to forced to tow my ACME eze-tow dolly about 1500 miles, empty.
Not the ideal choice, but can't be avoided.
My question is...... has anybody towed an ACME dolly very far, empty.
Am hoping to limit the replies to people who have actually done it,
not guesses or why I shouldn't do it.
My thoughts are that the only problem would be bouncing around with no
weight to hold it down. And have considered dropping the tire pressure from
90psi down to 50 or 60psi, to try to soften them.
Anyone have experience doing this???

We have one and have towed it for up to 200 miles empty. yes it did bounce around. On the 200 mile trip I lowered the air pressure to about 35 lbs in each tire and it was surprising the difference it made.1500 miles , wow, good luck to you . I think if I had to tow one that far empty I would try to find something heavy, cement weights , heavy log, bags filled with sand or crushed rock or something to fasten down on the dolly with tie-downs to help keep it on the ground. I don't think it would take that much maybe 200 lbs on each wheel not sure. Hope this helps and good luck, ........Alan
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I am going to forced to tow my ACME eze-tow dolly about 1500 miles, empty.
Not the ideal choice, but can't be avoided.
My question is...... has anybody towed an ACME dolly very far, empty.
Am hoping to limit the replies to people who have actually done it,
not guesses or why I shouldn't do it.
My thoughts are that the only problem would be bouncing around with no
weight to hold it down. And have considered dropping the tire pressure from
90psi down to 50 or 60psi, to try to soften them.
Anyone have experience doing this???

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When I picked mine up from the Acme factory in NC I had to tow it empty about 150 miles. They recommended dropping the tire pressure to 50 which helped reduce the bumping. I agree with the PP that strapping on some sandbags or cinder blocks would also help.
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My manual for my Master Tow dolly says to reduce the ire pressure from 50 psi to 20 psi. It tows empty just fine. You will also need to adjust your brake controller to reduce the braking force (if you have brakes). I suspect it would work similar with yours.
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I am going to forced to tow my ACME eze-tow dolly about 1500 miles, empty.
Not the ideal choice, but can't be avoided.
My question is...... has anybody towed an ACME dolly very far, empty.
Am hoping to limit the replies to people who have actually done it,
not guesses or why I shouldn't do it.
My thoughts are that the only problem would be bouncing around with no
weight to hold it down. And have considered dropping the tire pressure from
90psi down to 50 or 60psi, to try to soften them.
Anyone have experience doing this???

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washington requires a trailer license plate on a dolly when towed empty.
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WE have towed an empty dolly and it will bounce around a lot, depending on the road surface. I would dropthe tire pressure and see if you could rig a weighted cargo to put a little weight on the wheels to keep it from becoming airborn.

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washington requires a trailer license plate on a dolly when towed empty.
Will just have to see what happens, as AZ does not issue a license plate
for a tow dolly. DUH, it just dawned on me that the MH is in OR, about 2
miles south of border in Milton-Freewater, and I'm heading south from there.


Am going to lower tire pressure, but am a little nervous about putting on a
load that will need to be strapped down, a lot of bouncing and would sure
hate to lose anything on the freeway.........but.......
Have been trying to think of something that is one piece, heavy, cheap,
and I could put several straps on it. I would prefer not to use many small
pieces, like cinder blocks or sand bags.

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Sequim,

I have towed our EZE-Tow empty 2 times for long distances with no problem.
Never felt the need to drop the tire pressure.

First time, we dropped the Toad before L.A., going to San Diego, so the Mrs. could take care of some business on the other side of town. It was behind the MH on some of the worst L.A. freeways and out to Riverside at between stop-and-go to 75mph.

Second time was behind my pick-up (Dodge3500 4X4, DWR = very bumpy ride - especially when empty/unloaded the truck rides worse than the MH) from home to Riverside County to rescue a friend with a broke-down Hyundai...65-85MPH.

I have a rear cam on both rigs (w/ microphone on the MH) and watched the dolly the whole time. It never gave me a single problem and towed smoothly

I know - I know - towing is limited at 55mpg in Cali, but I don't like to get run-over by all the Prius's around SoCal...hmmm, is the plural of Prius - Priui?

I happily noted when pulling it with the pick-up that the brakes had been working (albeit only a tiny amount) because the surface rust on the brake disc (from sitting a few weeks in storage) was knocked-off...just like it's supposed to

I agree with you that loading the dolly would just be a risk for dropping the load at the worst time. And, I bet a creative Po-lice officer might want to stop/cite you for using the dolly as a trailer without the proper license

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Well, I made it home today and it was 1407 miles, not 1500.
I did lower the tire pressure and that seemed to help, but it was never a
problem. It did bounce a little, but I could see it in the rear view monitor
and it never got crazy.
And since I was in a hurry and alone, I did cruise at 70 to 75 mph, and it
took 3 days to make it.
There are places in Utah that I could legally go 80 mph, but that was just a
little too fast for me.....

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Well, I made it home today and it was 1407 miles, not 1500.
I did lower the tire pressure and that seemed to help, but it was never a
problem. It did bounce a little, but I could see it in the rear view monitor
and it never got crazy.
And since I was in a hurry and alone, I did cruise at 70 to 75 mph, and it
took 3 days to make it.
There are places in Utah that I could legally go 80 mph, but that was just a
little too fast for me.....

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Congrats! Good to know the lower tire pressure worked - what pressure did you pick for the deadhead?
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Congrats! Good to know the lower tire pressure worked - what pressure did you pick for the deadhead?

Dropped them down to 40 psi.
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washington requires a trailer license plate on a dolly when towed empty.
Might be but I've towed our KK-460 empty several times and never been stopped.
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washington requires a trailer license plate on a dolly when towed empty.
So I guess that means that WA requires a license plate on a tow dolly all
the time. Or could you take it off when you have a vehicle on it, doesn't
make sense to me to only require a plate if it's empty. What if you have
an unlicensed vehicle on the dolly, then what, still need a plate?
All states have some goofy laws, in AZ we don't have dolly plates or even
a registration, just a title.
But I still think it would have to be a real slow day for crime to have a cop pull
you over for no plates on an empty dolly....

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