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Old 04-22-2020, 12:51 PM   #1
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Reading the recent 4 down vs dolly thread reminded me to post this idea I came up with that stopped wet tire wheel spin when loading our toad onto our 2016 Master Tow dolly.

Our Taurus has pretty wide tires and if the tires are damp, it is easy to spin them at the pavement\dolly ramp transition. The fix was simple: I brushed on a 2 -3" wide coat of paint, sprinkled some roof shingle granules onto the wet paint, pressed the granules into the paint, let dry, the added another coat. (found the granules in our roof gutter, thought sand granules would be too small to be effective).

The pic was taken after 6 load\unloads and the granules and paint seem to be holding up well.
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When we dolly towed our fusion I would use lego style leveling blocks by the ramps to get a little height. Using those blocks created a straight to very little incline from the blocks onto the dolly ramp and I never had an issue with tires spinning while;e loading. I had to get the extra height to protected the front facia on the car while loading because it was so low to the ground. Never had the issue when towing the Flex. We now flat tow and I sold the Master Tow dolly last fall.
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I pull up to touch the ramp, backup a few inches and let it roll and bump up the ramp.

I then add a bit of gas to keep climbing, while covering the brake with the other foot.

When the DW starts waving wildly, I know I'm against the stops. She slips the tilt lock pin in, I put it in park and get out.
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Better yet, go to a place that sandblasts and ask them for used grit (black beauty) and do the same thing. The grit is larger and is silicon so lasts forever. I used it on ships I sailed on and it works great, little rough on shoes but great traction.
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I have found loading onto the dolly on a slight downhill helps when it is wet. Also, if your car has traction control, shut it off.
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In other words, you used anti slip paint. It's the same thing, with the sand mixed in the can. it's a bear to mix up, but works great.
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