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Old 06-18-2021, 11:27 PM   #15
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After much studying, most of the advice I have read says that a vehicle without steering lock should use a tow dolly that does not pivot and if your vehicle's steering does lock the pivoting dolly is the best bet. Does this ring true with you folks who have used tow dollies?
Yes and no. The feds no longer mandate a locking steering column for anti-theft if there is some type of electronic immobilizer so many new cars do not have locking steering wheels anymore. Those folks still use a pivoting dolly and usually seem to use the driver seat belt to keep the steering wheel from turning.

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After much studying, most of the advice I have read says that a vehicle without steering lock should use a tow dolly that does not pivot and if your vehicle's steering does lock the pivoting dolly is the best bet. Does this ring true with you folks who have used tow dollies?
I do believe that in the instructions for the ACME dolly they say to make sure the steering is unlocked. If you have a locking column you could just leave the key in so it doesn't lock.
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For seven years we used a Master Tow dolly and had zero issues with it. Sold it for almost what I paid for it when it was brand new.

Dollies have their pluses and minuses. What I find with people who hate them is they got the wrong dolly to start with. It should only take about 15 minutes to load and secure your towed onto the dolly without getting yourself filthy in the process. If you have to crawl under the front of your towed every time you want to hookup or unhook...its the wrong dolly or you are doing something the hard/wrong way.



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It may be cheaper initially to use a tow dolly. When you get tired of the hassle hooking, unhooking, etc. and switch to 4 down you realize the money was wasted. If you notice everyone who uses a dolly is so happy they switched to 4 down. I used an acme for 3 years and it was a hassle. I had no real problems. The acme is well built. I put up with it because all I had was front wheel drive cars. My wife convinced me I needed to get a different car. Got a JGC. Sold the dolly for 1/2 what I paid. It can work just be prepared for the hassle with dolly towing. I put 15k miles on my dolly coast to coast and more.
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We started out with a "Car Tow dolly", fixed platform and little bitty wheels, and removable ramps = what a hassle !!!!!!
We noticed the black marks (skidding) at every gas station that required sharp turns to get in and out of.
Finally went to a "Master Tow Dolly", swiveling platform, fifteen inch wheels and fixed loading ramps = MUCH easier to load, and no skid marks with sharp turns.
We pull a Dodge mini van with our Pace Arrow.

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Consider 4 down you will thank me later. Used a demco tow dolly myself at first (real pain in the butt). Not only much more involved to hook and unhook unless you always use pull through sites you will need to disconnect and drag it around .
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Turning in tight places

Flyer15015, since you are pulling a minivan which is longer than the vehicle I will be towing, has it been harder to make tight turns (like in gas stations) with the swivel unit as opposed to the non-pivoting unit?
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After much studying, most of the advice I have read says that a vehicle without steering lock should use a tow dolly that does not pivot and if your vehicle's steering does lock the pivoting dolly is the best bet. Does this ring true with you folks who have used tow dollies?
Not here, I have towed 1 with locking and 2 different toads without locking steering.

All 3 have been with a pivot style StehlTow dolly. I do not tie the steering wheel in any of the cars.

As a matter of fact, there is only one tow dolly that does not pivot, all of the other brands pivot or steer.
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Dave,
I find the pivoting "Master Tow Dolly' a whole lot easier, and we have been in some very tight spots where we were at full left lock and immediately had to go to full right lock with the coach, and NO skid marks from the dolly.

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