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Old 12-24-2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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Cartowdolly Tire wear ?

Just got back to Colorado from a round trip to Chicago and Orlando.
Bought new tires for my Cartowdolly for the trip and now I see that in a 5000 mile trip they are 1/2 worn down. I do carry a spare, but it seems that these little 10" tires may only be good for about 10K miles.
I rotated / switched them in Florida as I noticed some "cupping" on the inside of the left tire. Now I see it on the other tire also, so I need to turn both tires inside out. Even with all this, I would not trust these more than one more trip like this. We are towing a 2002 dodge caravan with our 2006 Jayco 33ss using an 8" drop hitch.
Also when we stop for fuel, and have to make tight turns to get to the pump, I see a lot of "skidding" of the dolly tires. I really hate tight turns....

Sooo. My question is, is it possible to install a taller tire (14") on the Cartowdolly ? And would it give me more tire choices for better wear ? AND has anyone else done this ? I'm pretty handy with a 4"grinder, gas axe and a mig.
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You don't indicate the manufacturer/model of your tow dolly, so hard to know exactly what is going on. If the design is NOT a pivot pan or steerable (ie, a fixed rack), then there can be skidding as you go around bends. If you do a search in the forums here, you'll find numerous discussions.

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http://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/buyin...ml#post3958295
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:09 AM   #3
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With the dolly loaded, have you checked the toe-in and camber?
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Old 12-24-2017, 12:00 PM   #4
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Call Acme EZ TOW, they have upgraded to larger tires.

You are unlocking the steering, yes ?
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How close were you running to the rated speed of the dolly?
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Our Demco has 14' tires. I wouldn't like 10", especially towing long distance with a heavy vehicle. The tread on our dolly tires hasn't worn anywhere near the way you describe yours wearing.

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Old 12-25-2017, 06:41 AM   #7
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The previous generation dolly used 10 inch WHEELS not TIRES. The new generation dolly uses 12 inch WHEELS. The new tire wheel assembly is working out very well. The wide tires were bias ply, the new ones are radials. Better performance and life. The new assemblies are a direct bolt on without changing anything.

Keep in mind, if you experience any spindle damage you will see uneven tire wear. It can be fixed by a competent frame shop, we have the specifications.
Also, be sure not to load up the towed car with excess weight. People, especially with vans, tend to add several hundred pounds into the rear of the towed vehicle, this creates a strain that the dolly is not designed to tolerate. The front axle always weighs more then the rear axle on those vehicles, typically by a few hundred pounds. When the rear axle suddenly weighs more then the front its a problem for dollies.
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Also, be sure not to load up the towed car with excess weight. People, especially with vans, tend to add several hundred pounds into the rear of the towed vehicle, this creates a strain that the dolly is not designed to tolerate. The front axle always weighs more then the rear axle on those vehicles, typically by a few hundred pounds. When the rear axle suddenly weighs more then the front its a problem for dollies.
Not disagreeing but curious. What problems are induced to the dolly by adding weight to the rear axle of the towed vehicle? I always thought the only weight restrictions for the dolly was the weight of the front end on the dolly axle and the GVW of the towed vehicle. I have never read anything regarding weight distribution in the towed vehicle so if there are some mathematics I should be aware of please explain. Thanks.
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