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Old 06-20-2020, 07:03 PM   #1
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Pulled Trigger On Used Eze-Tow Dolly

Drove to Houston today and looked at--and bought--a gently used Acme Eze Tow car dolly. Came with a brand new spare tire and wheel, set of used straps, set of new straps, car to dolly safety chains, a spare LED tailight assehttps://www.irv2.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gifmbly. I paid $1100 for this and the seller threw in a bumper plug adapter for the lights and a reciever and ball for the trailer hitch. The one I had wouldn't work because the hitch pin was not drilled properly. Just got home with it, driving it empty. I could not tell if the surge brakes are working. Didn't feel anything one way or the other. Otherwise, I'm real happy. It looks real good for a 2015 model.
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If you don't have a toad, why did you buy a dolly. What if your toad is towable 4 down? How would you use the dolly?
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If you don't have a toad, why did you buy a dolly. What if your toad is towable 4 down? How would you use the dolly?
Guess I should have been more clear. To me, having a toad is when you can actually pull a vehicle behind the MH. Makes sense, right? So we have a 2016 Prius 4 which we bought new but have never "toaded." The Prius cannot be towed 4 down. With the dolly we should be able to tow it. So I drove the dolly back from Houston (where we purchased it) unloaded. Now we need to test the Prius with the dolly. Hopefully I will soon be changing my signature line to show that we have a toad!
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I understand now. Toad and Towed, while homonyms are different things. Thanks for clarifying it.
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with all my solar an elec car would make sense for a toad. Hadnít considered that, but Iíd never have to buy fuel for the toad. Please update on how your rig works out and any changes youíd make. Thanks for posting this
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Drove to Houston today and looked at--and bought--a gently used Acme Eze Tow car dolly. Came with a brand new spare tire and wheel, set of used straps, set of new straps, car to dolly safety chains, a spare LED tailight assehttps://www.irv2.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gifmbly. I paid $1100 for this and the seller threw in a bumper plug adapter for the lights and a reciever and ball for the trailer hitch. The one I had wouldn't work because the hitch pin was not drilled properly. Just got home with it, driving it empty. I could not tell if the surge brakes are working. Didn't feel anything one way or the other. Otherwise, I'm real happy. It looks real good for a 2015 model.

Nice. Now when I put my 2019 gently used EZE Tow Dolly with an unused spare set of straps, spare tire and wheel, tool bag, ratcheting wrench, extended warranty, and magnetic light set up for sale this summer in NE Ohio Iíll know how to price it! Maybe Iíll only lose half what I paid for it.

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I've been working on finding a work-around for fastening the dolly-to-Prius safety chains. Somehow getting under the car to do this is a bit much for my old body to do. So I've found a work-around. On some old IRV toad threads and believe it or not, on Amazon reviews, some Prius owners are using the Prius towing eye bolt (one is supplied by Toyota). Fasten the eye bolt to the tow hole (which connects to the frame of the car) and repeat on the other side, and then run the safety chains on each side of car. This solves that issue. The second eye bolt is expensive, $45 for one. Next step is to get the MH set up... lights, hitch receiver, etc. We're gonna look for the hitch ball/reciever today in the basement.
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I run Vinyl coated safety cables thru the wheels and snap hook the end to a quick link.
No crawling for me.
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I run Vinyl coated safety cables thru the wheels and snap hook the end to a quick link.
No crawling for me.
So just thru the wheels? I thought the safety cables had to be attached to the frame or suspension? Cool idea, and better than mine if it works and is legal! I would have to get a second tow eyebolt and no one carries them except Toyota. Went to a hardware store today and they had nothing with the thread pattern I would need. toyota wants $65 for a silly bolt! About how long a vinyl coated safety chain do you use?
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So just thru the wheels? I thought the safety cables had to be attached to the frame or suspension? Cool idea, and better than mine if it works and is legal! I would have to get a second tow eyebolt and no one carries them except Toyota. Went to a hardware store today and they had nothing with the thread pattern I would need. toyota wants $65 for a silly bolt! About how long a vinyl coated safety chain do you use?
Are you sure your car has two eyebolt holes? I was going to do that on my Sonata but Hyundai only installs one nut.

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Are you sure your car has two eyebolt holes? I was going to do that on my Sonata but Hyundai only installs one nut.

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Yes, two holes hidden behind caps in the fender/bumper. Since the Prius is made in Japan and shipped to the USA by ship, they have to be tied down.
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I understand now. Toad and Towed, while homonyms are different things.
And don't forget my favorite.... tow'd...
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I've been working on finding a work-around for fastening the dolly-to-Prius safety chains. Somehow getting under the car to do this is a bit much for my old body to do. So I've found a work-around. On some old IRV toad threads and believe it or not, on Amazon reviews, some Prius owners are using the Prius towing eye bolt (one is supplied by Toyota). Fasten the eye bolt to the tow hole (which connects to the frame of the car) and repeat on the other side, and then run the safety chains on each side of car. This solves that issue. The second eye bolt is expensive, $45 for one. Next step is to get the MH set up... lights, hitch receiver, etc. We're gonna look for the hitch ball/reciever today in the basement.
The receiver should be attached to the back of the motorhome. It receives the tow bar and ball.
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Yes, two holes hidden behind caps in the fender/bumper. Since the Prius is made in Japan and shipped to the USA by ship, they have to be tied down.
Mine was made in S. Korea per the VIN. I just have one cap and hole but wish there were two.

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