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Old 12-30-2017, 12:12 AM   #1
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tow dolly issue

I have a Demco Kar Kaddy 2, leaving Tuesday on a trip. My vehicle is a 2017 Hyundai santa fe, steering wheel does not lock. What is the method for towing this vehicle. Have seen several ideas.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:58 AM   #2
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Wrap seat belt thru steering wheel and the move seat back to tighten.

I tow unlocked steering and do nothing with my swivel plate dolly. Works fine.
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Old 12-30-2017, 05:32 AM   #3
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Me too. No steering lock. If you had one you would need to leave unlocked.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't help with your question but wanted to say hello! Keep her between the ditches!

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If you had one you would need to leave unlocked.
Would that depend on the design of the dolly or do you leave the steering unlocked on all dollies?
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I have been told on any kind of dolly.

Now I am new to this dolly towing and did a lot of research. My former boss that lives close by and is a good friend has been towing a vehicle of some type back and forth from Maryland to Washington State for many years. He has gone as far as disassembling the steering column and grinding off the lock tab. You will see post here and elsewhere that discuss disconnecting the battery. That's so you can keep the key on to unlock the steering.

My dolly has a swivel plate.

https://theusatrailerstore.com/premier-car-tow-dolly/

I have about 2500 miles towing with it now and have learned not to make sharp turns and you just can't back up. When you get to your destination take the car off of the dolly on flat ground and straight. I have had the swivel plate jammed after unloading at an angle after turning into the pull thru site. No biggie, I just used the wheel straps winch to pop it loose.

Gas stations are always a challenge. I have also learned to start looking at 1/2 tank and don't take any chances getting to the pumps.

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Me too. No steering lock. If you had one you would need to leave unlocked.
No, not on a Demco. I doubt that it makes any difference whether it's locked or not on a Demco. We have towed several vehicles from Explorers to VWs on a Demco.
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This is a very interesting post. We have a Tow Master tow dolly with swivel plates. I have always had the toad's front wheels locked in park, and have never even thought about it. Hmmm.... This has never been an issue, so apparently, it doesn't matter if the front wheels are locked. Or maybe that's why the yellow tie downs get a little loose. Our Toyota did just fine on it.
And, I agree about looking to fill up when you get to about 1/2 empty. I had to back up about 3' once at a station and that's about all you can get away with.
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This is a very interesting post. We have a Tow Master tow dolly with swivel plates. I have always had the toad's front wheels locked in park, and have never even thought about it. Hmmm.... This has never been an issue, so apparently, it doesn't matter if the front wheels are locked. Or maybe that's why the yellow tie downs get a little loose. Our Toyota did just fine on it.
And, I agree about looking to fill up when you get to about 1/2 empty. I had to back up about 3' once at a station and that's about all you can get away with.

Now we are talking about unlocking the steering not the transmission. I keep my Escape in Park and the steering column doesn't have a lock. Our Ford Explorer is the same way. I can dolly that too if we would need a 7 passenger car.
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Yes, one particular stop on our way south meant that I had to unload the dolly and unhook it to get propane. No other option. I usually had to do it in the snow. I just didn't want to chance our furnace quitting.

PITA!!
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From the Demco website: "Shift loaded car into “park” and lock steering wheel with front tires in a straight position. If the car does not have a locking steering column the steering wheel must be tied securely with front tires in a straight position."

I use the seatbelt method if needed.
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Confusing conflicts

I have been in this same conversation I think on this same forum and came to the same conclusion. Do it however you want to do it. The only advantage to locking the steering that I can see is in the event that the dolly separated or the car fell off the steering would park it neatly on the shoulder of the road.

I pull mine with no locked down steering. Never had a problem so far.

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