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Old 10-30-2013, 12:57 PM   #29
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the picture on the web site doesn't display how these straps actually fit. they cradle the tire in 3 locations and they are the answer to the crappy straps supplied with the dolly. trust me and others, these straps are the way to go, not only for Eze Tows, but most other dollys.

For all;

I bought those same straps that GMAN has and they are somewhat narrower across the web and the web cross straps are sewn to the side straps. I have not tried mine yet. But; I have no doubt they are going to be much easier to use.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:03 PM   #30
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I have several questions and comments to the previous post.


To BrockX,

You might want to consider a hitch with a 4”rise or more if you can find it. A lot of Pilot and other fuel stops have extreme dips at the exit drives from big rig traffic. I learned this the hard way! I went to magnetic lights on the top for that reason.


WM
Thanks for the warning, the one I have coming is a 5" rise, the KIA Soul also has a pretty short overhang in the rear. If anything drags it will be the bottom of the ball hitch. I'll post a pic when I get the part tomorrow.
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The 5"rise should work fine. Like you said, the ball hitch might drag but that only makes a scrapping noise (again from experience). Your lights should be safe. My Elantra sits lower in the rear. That's why I went with the magnetic lights on the top.

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We have been working/practicing with our some each day.
We have an added obstetrical as neither or driveway was level
(contractor added a dip in the middle) and the street has a
great slope also.

Things I have found out:
Follow the Acme video and lay out the straps behind the dolly.
The "O" ring goes outside.
The hook snaps in by pushing "DOWN".
Strap hooks are the outside hook ring and the furthest inside hook ring.
Then push under the dolly while you setup the ramps.

Drive up straight and make sure BOTH tires are tight against the stop bar.
Set the emergency brake while against the stop bar.
Do not allow the vehicle to roll back any.

Remove the ramps.

Pull the straps over the tire, check for obstructions.
Set the cross straps are at "10 & 2" positions.
Place the "O" ring in center of the tire.
Move wench to center of tire.
Watch the straps as they are wound in the wench.

I use a ratchet and deep well to tighten the wenches.
Tighten as tight as you can.
Tie loose end back on outside of wheel.

I add the safety chain from the Honda front tow loop to one of the
back hook loops on each side.

Take off emergency brake.
Make sure ignition has steering wheel unlocked.

After a few miles I check all as I do not have a good
level loading area.

Don't forget it is back there.
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K&K,

You are SO smart to practice set-up before a big trip. I follow almost the exact same steps - but, I put the safety chains from the car's front tow loop to one of the dolly's front hook loops...less chain hanging.

I have the older style dolly without the wench - uses a loading strap hand ratchet - no wrench needed.

And very important, like you listed...don't forget to release the parking brake! The last thing I do is re-check the car - steering unlock and brake released.

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We have been working/practicing with our some each day.
We have an added obstetrical as neither or driveway was level
(contractor added a dip in the middle) and the street has a
great slope also.



I add the safety chain from the Honda front tow loop to one of the
back hook loops on each side.
Unless you are going from the tow loop then under the dolly to the rear hook loop the car can get off the dolly. Correct??
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Unless you are going from the tow loop then under the dolly to the rear hook loop the car can get off the dolly. Correct??

Correct. Chains, through the dolly frame then up so they do not drag.

Correction to my above: The hook snaps in by pulling "UP"
also keep red stripe facing out.

There is also some real good picture of the strap positions in the Ace
Galley.
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Thanks for the warning, the one I have coming is a 5" rise, the KIA Soul also has a pretty short overhang in the rear. If anything drags it will be the bottom of the ball hitch. I'll post a pic when I get the part tomorrow.
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A question for ACME owners.

Do you have trouble keeping the car wheels forward against the front dolly bar? I had mine out yesterday for about 20 miles, getting used to it, leaving for Key West Monday. Can't keep it all the way forward, it's not going to fall off but it is a little un-nerving, contacted Acme they said the new straps will stretch for a while since they are brand new.
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A question for ACME owners.

Do you have trouble keeping the car wheels forward against the front dolly bar? I had mine out yesterday for about 20 miles, getting used to it, leaving for Key West Monday. Can't keep it all the way forward, it's not going to fall off but it is a little un-nerving, contacted Acme they said the new straps will stretch for a while since they are brand new.
Yes, the car will slip back from the stop bar during use...that's just strap stretch like Acme said. Not a problem and actually part of how it works.

If you had a camera on the dolly while driving, you would see that the car moves up to the stop bar during braking...and also the inside tire during a turn moves up against the stop bar.

I think Acme just wants the car to start forward on the wheel tray. I towed our car around on the dolly with a pick-up and watched from inside the bed...it is pretty ingenious how it works.

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Even old straps will stretch if they haven't been used for a few days. Especially it they got wet. I always stop after 10 or 20 miles and tighten them up. I do not like the toad moving around on the dolly at all. After you tighten them up a couple times they will remain tight.
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Guess what I am seeing is normal, plus I have not been putting the car in gear. Heading out for Blue Water Key RV Park, just North of Key West early Monday. Whole ownership place that rents owners sites, looks like a great place.
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You should also pull over and check the dolly and straps. They will tend to loosen a bit when you pull the first few miles.

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You should also pull over and check the dolly and straps. They will tend to loosen a bit when you pull the first few miles.

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I cranked them down 'til the tires bulged, I actually think I clamped it down so tight it could not straighten back up.

All's good I just need to understand what is normal .......or not. I have been in touch twice today with Richard Brown of ACME via e-mail and he has been quite helpful.

ACME is a very people friendly company, Richard is not at work today, but he keeps the e-mail cleaned up, evening or week-end.
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