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Old 11-29-2021, 01:59 PM   #1
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Safety chain on a dolly

Does anyone use a secondary safety chain from the dolly to the car that is on it?
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Yes I do, actually two cables .

Used to run vinyl coated cables thru the front tires clipping them to links.

I now added tie-down hooks to the chassis and use those springy tow bar safety cables.

I have never lost a strap but it could happen.
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I have lost a strap and suggest if you use a dolly to keep a pair of spare straps. I suspect I went several hours with only one wheel strapped down, however the safety chains were in place.

I have a flat tow setup with my Chevrolet Colorado, but I also kept my Stehl dolly for my Chev Sonic or any other FWD car I want to toad. With that in mind, I may use something more convenient than the chains such as in this thread comment #12. I am a firm believer that a backup safety measure needs to be in place, but perhaps not a chain and that this may be easier to connect, especially on a rainy day.

In fact, the link I shared here may be what TwinBoat is describing, but with nylon coated cables.

Update, in fact I know it is as I see TwinBoat's setup in the same link shared, comment #10.

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I do.
I've had the straps wear almost thru from rubbing on the strut. Had to shorten up the tie down straps and wrap them with duck tape at the wear spot.
Work well now.
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Thanks everyone. That was a great reference thread. I'll be adding the coiled cables I think and a pin for the straps j hook.
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Thanks everyone. That was a great reference thread. I'll be adding the coiled cables I think and a pin for the straps j hook.
Don't forget the duct tape....
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When we tow our front wheel drive on the dolly I use spare straps to the tow hooks.

We tow our truck rearward (front wheels at the rear on the ground- rear truck wheels on the dolly). When doing so, I use a chain from the dolly handle to the trailer hitch on the truck bumper.

Both scenarios work quite well for us
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When we towed with dolly, I always used two safety chains from the car to the dolly and the dolly to the motorhome. Safety first.

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When we had a dolly, we likewise used safety chains from dolly to car and from dolly to coach.
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ALWAYS!

I use coiled Nylon covered cables ALWAYS! I am a very careful, detail-oriented, car tow dolly operator. In spite of that I have twice found a tire strap OFF the tire. I was very thankful I hadnít ignored installing the secondary cables each time.
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I stop to check straps more often than I feel one should need to. I always seem to have one that is unhooked.
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I stop to check straps more often than I feel one should need to. I always seem to have one that is unhooked.
There should be a way to hook the strap so that even if it gets loose, it won't unhook.

I hook mine like the picture.Click image for larger version

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My strap canít come loose from the dolly. Somehow, it side slipped off the tire. Probably on a sharp turn since my dolly doesnít have a turntable. I donít for the life of me see how it did it. Twice, once each on separate tows. Again I emphasize I am meticulous about loading properly and absolutely meticulous about the secondary cables.
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My strap canít come loose from the dolly. Somehow, it side slipped off the tire. Probably on a sharp turn since my dolly doesnít have a turntable. I donít for the life of me see how it did it. Twice, once each on separate tows. Again I emphasize I am meticulous about loading properly and absolutely meticulous about the secondary cables.
Do you leave the steering unlocked?
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