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Old 08-25-2015, 01:38 AM   #1
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When Towing with a dolly does the steering wheel needs to be locked or unlocked??

I'm in the process of buying a Master Tow Dolly with surge brakes, I will be towing a 1998 Toyota Camry. I looked in the manual and did not see anything if I have to make sure that my steering wheel is locked or unlocked. If locked and my steering does not lock how do I lock the wheel??? Any advice is appreciated!! Thank You in advance!
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Does the dolly have a pan that turns or do the dollies wheels pivot to follow the RV?
Some use the seat belt to hold the steering wheel locked.
Call Master Tow at 1-800 522-2190 and ask them would be best.
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I have towed a 2006 Camry on a MasterTow Dolly for years. The steering wheel locks when I remove the ignition key. This has worked well for 30,000 + miles. I hope this helps you.


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Old 08-25-2015, 07:43 AM   #4
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Master Tow dollies require the steering wheel to be locked. Both my Prius and Focus don't have locking steering wheels. I tighten a small cargo hold-down strap from the steering wheel to a cross bar under the seat to keep the wheel from turning.
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I use a Master tow with a 14 jeep cherokee non locking steering and do not have any problems. Have towed this SUV with non locking steering over 8000 mi and have heard from others on this forum that securing the steering is not necessary and I will attest to that.
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I have a Demco 460SS and the ign. is allways locked. I beleive the ACME tow dolley requires the sterring to be unlocked.
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If the tow dolly has a swivel plate (The plate the front wheels rest on actually turns a little bit) then it doesn't make a difference if the front wheels are locked or not.

If your dolly does not have a swivel plate, then the front wheels must be UN-Locked and be allowed to turn a little.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:08 AM   #8
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Hello To All!! Thanks for all of your suggestions it turns out the steering on the Camry does lock, also the pan on the dolly does turn with some sort of Teflon cover sheet. I will be picking up my new dolly tomorrow. Again Thanks for your help.
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