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Old 08-04-2012, 01:19 AM   #29
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I'm in the same club as Sequim Guy. :>) I've had an EZE-TOW dolly since last September and, while I haven't put a LOT of miles on it yet, I have made a number of trips, and here are my opinions, based on MUCH research before purchasing a dolly... I've only had two insignificant problems so far, and those were due to ignorance on my part. On my first trip, I tightened the safety chains too much, so that when I arrived at my destination it was all I could do to get them off... :>)
Big Critter, If the chains you are using is the ARS, please notice that Acme has discontinued them because they don't allow a good pivot point needed to make a turn, and can cause damage. This is documented in the thread:
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If you've seen it or doesn't apply - sorry, never mind.

For the OP - I would move on to a "small claims" case...If your dealer, supplier, or mfgt. is in the state where you live. But if they are not near, apart from the usual letter writing, complaints to the BBB, and open complaints in the media (like this site), it can be difficult to get relief.

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Old 08-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #30
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I am having many problems, with less than 12,000 miles on the dolly We have had the lights unplug and wires wearing out on the tires, leaking surge brake oil, 2 blowouts, 3 fenders lost while driving and the tires wore out on the inside of the tire. We paid $1800.00 for the dolly new, on Dec. 2010
What is the tire load rating? What is the actual load you are placing on the tires? What inflation are you running? How often do you check the inflation?

Tire wear on inside implies out of spec alignment. (Warning the "spec" may not be correct) I would compare the alignment specs with the alignment spec from a few current front wheel drive cars to see if the specs are at all reasonable.

Comment on vehicle tie-down. I towed race cars over 30,000 miles with ZERO problems. Of course my tie down straps were first class and cost between $30 and $50 each depending on style.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #31
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Can anyone recommend a good car tow dolly? How about the ACME tow dolly with the small tires?

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I would suggest the Demco KarKaddy SS. I love mine
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:44 PM   #32
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I use a Master Tow with electric brakes. I added a breakaway system to it. I have only towed about 1000 miles so far, but I have not had any problems. It seems easy to load/unload and tows great.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:10 PM   #33
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Tow Dolly Experience

I recently purchased a nine or ten (?) year old Demco KK360SB. Decided to clean it up. Called Demco for parts. They sent me a replacement fender, three grips replacements, two rachet handle replacements and all new decals... FREE...FOR MY USED NINE/TEN YEAR OLD UNIT!!!! The ONLY charge I incurred was for a new steering dampening piston ($62). This thing tows beautifully!!! Because it "steers" my tires don't "scrub" when turning. The ramps are attached so I don't fuss around as I would with the ACME E-Z tow. The ramps tilt for loading, which is easy, and have more than adequate ground clearance. More, LOADED my tongue weight is almost exactly 110# which tells how well balanced the unit is. Empty, my SPOUSE (125#) (PS she'll KILL me if she learns I told anyone her weight!) can move it around with no problem. Empty weight of the Kaddy is around 480#.
BOTTOM LINE....If you are looking for a quality tow dolly and can't afford the $2500+ for a new QUALITY one (not Tow Master or, God forbid, a Stiehl)......try and find a fairly recent Kar Kaddy. Their customer service is unbelievable and the product is outstanding.
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I bet the OP's axle was installed upside down. Sometimes solid beam axles are cambered a bit positive so that when loaded, the tires are either straight up, or a tad negative. Put the beam on upside down (even if that's the way the spindles were welded on) then with weight it will have too much negative and wear out the insides.
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I bought a used 2006 Demco Kar Kaddy SS $2100. Both of the fenders had cracks. I called Demco, they sent me two new fender at no cost, no shipping either.

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planning to buy a new master tow and pull it with my class c ford 450 chassis. are there any hints for my towing a 2010 Chrysler sebring convert?
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-DON"T BACKUP EVER!
-Watch the tight turns especially in gas stations. Depending on the width, your tow dolly fenders can damage the body of your car
-Get auxiliary lights that have magnets to attach to your car. The lights on your tow dolly will be problematic
- Check and recheck everything
- Have some coveralls to put on when attaching and unattaching as you have to crawl under the car for the safety chains
- Don't drive OVER the tow dolly (as some recent pictures on this forum attest)
- Start saving your money to buy a car that you can flat tow. After 10 years, you will grow weary of the tow dolly hookup procedure (that is from personal experience!)
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The Demco KarKaddy 460SS is the best car dolly on the market and it is also the most expencive. I bought mine new in 05 and love it. Four down is probably the way to go but I don't have a car that I can tow 4 down without a lot of mods and I don't plan on spending the money to out fit a car every time I buy a differant one. I like the enthusiasm EZE TOW owners have but I wouldn't even consider one mainly because I don't understand how it can go around a corner without draging the tires sideways and I don't want to have to install and remove & store the ramps each time. I have watched there movie and ask a lot of questions but no one has showed me a picture or a movie of one going around a tight turn. They also have had to make mods to there tie down system a couple of time over the years and my Demco just keep right on going although I do beleive after seven years, two MH's and 50 thousand miles I am going to have to replace the steering dampener and I replaced the tires last year.
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The Demco KarKaddy 460SS is the best car dolly on the market and it is also the most expencive. I bought mine new in 05 and love it. Four down is probably the way to go but I don't have a car that I can tow 4 down without a lot of mods and I don't plan on spending the money to out fit a car every time I buy a differant one. I like the enthusiasm EZE TOW owners have but I wouldn't even consider one mainly because I don't understand how it can go around a corner without draging the tires sideways and I don't want to have to install and remove & store the ramps each time. I have watched there movie and ask a lot of questions but no one has showed me a picture or a movie of one going around a tight turn. They also have had to make mods to there tie down system a couple of time over the years and my Demco just keep right on going although I do beleive after seven years, two MH's and 50 thousand miles I am going to have to replace the steering dampener and I replaced the tires last year.
I couldn't have said it any better, we bought one last year and have used it a handful of times and really like it. Others that we have seen just seem (well) not well made sorry JMO
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Agree the KarKaddy SS is the best, bought mine used. No problems with the dolly light.
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planning to buy a new master tow and pull it with my class c ford 450 chassis. are there any hints for my towing a 2010 Chrysler sebring convert?


CONGRATS on the smart decision to Dolly Tow. Your Sebring will very happy, up high away from road debris and saving those unseen miles on the drive-line that could cost $$$ and can be an issue at resale.

For a Sebring, make sure your RV has a Class III hitch (5000lb load capacity) vs. Class II (3500lb).

SO MANY THANKS TO THOSE that will tell you about flat-towing being totally better (it's not) or Master Tow's competitors (useful info?)

Main tips:
~Like any dolly or open trailer, check the tie-down straps (can be just a visual check) for positioning, tightness, and wear when you stop.
~Safety chains on the dolly tongue to the RV and on the car to the dolly - don't leave home without them.
~Also, you could check the lug nuts for looseness and touch the wheel hubs looking for unusual heat when you stop.


Other points:
~ You probably don't need extra lighting if the dolly has lights - check your local laws. And BEWARE, Magnetic Mount lights can cause paint damage from wear/vibration.

~ You CAN back-up for short distances - it's all in your driving skills, BUT the dreaded jack-knife in a turn could cause the dolly fenders to contact the towed car's fender or door.

Hints: I would practice loading the dolly. Do it when you are NOT in a rush. Focus on getting the car up on the dolly in one movement without stopping, using a smooth/light accelerator foot.
Use 2 FEET while loading (on the gas and brake at the same time) to avoid any risk of going over the dolly.
Make a system in your head or checklist for loading where you DO NOT have to get under the car - to stay clean and safe. Like; I connect the straps in the rear of the dolly first - then load the car - lastly I place the straps over the tires and make the front winch connection.

Best of luck and safe travels

Oh BTW - For a previous poster, here's a video on how the Acme EZE-Tow can make turns without a steering axle or pivot pan...Toad steering wheel unlocked - just like a flat tow car can make turns. So EZE to use:
Acme "EZE-TOW" Tow Dolly Driving Examples - YouTube
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- Start saving your money to buy a car that you can flat tow. After 10 years, you will grow weary of the tow dolly hookup procedure (that is from personal experience!)
I think I would drop the "0". : - ) My personal experience is that it won't take NEARLY that lonf to tire of the hassle!
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